Puerto Rico Division of Community Education [DIVEDCO] Poster Collection, 1940-1990
Puerto Rico. Division of Community Education Department of Education
Archivo General de Puerto Rico
1 cu. ft.: 32 folders: 378 posters
The department was also known as DIVEDCO (División de Educación de la Comunidad). The posters are the result of a Puerto Rican program modeled after the WPA and FSA programs of the Roosevelt era: they raised awareness of Puerto Rican social and cultural issues and ideals. The island's best known graphic artists, including Rafael Tufiño, Lorenzo Homar, José Meléndez Contreras, and many others, were enlisted by a government agency known as DIVEDCO Not without contradictions, their goal was to create art for social change. The collection illustrates the use of popular art to reinforce social, health, and economic policies related to modernization and the spread of democracy.
Posters (primarily silkscreen) reflect important public service issues on the island. Subjects include education, health and safety, and cultural programs. They were widely displayed throughout the island and reflect key trends in the social history of Puerto Rico for forty years.
Puerto Rico Division of Community Education Poster Collection, 1940-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Modernity and society
Puerto Rico in art
1997.3100 (NMAH Acc.)
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