Neighbors/Vecinos is a bilingual website that documents 200 years of Puerto Rican heritage in Philadelphia. It is the end product of Audience Embedded, a project to explore how communities can create cultural programs of meaning for their members.
At its core, the website is organized around the central question: “What is a Neighborhood?” Members of the PAZ (the audience group who helped design the project) solicited input from the community and incorporated their own definitions in forming an answer. The result can be seen in the opening video of the site. A timeline serves as the backbone of the site, allowing visitors to easily navigate through historical events. Users will discover a variety of information including historical essays, oral histories, videos, artwork, and more. In addition to highlighting Puerto Rican history, a goal of the project was to show similarities in people’s migration experiences.
The project was made possible with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.