Barrio En Marcha!

Meets every two weeks

Runs from January - December

Has change happened yet? That is a question that we continue to ask, as we wait for our hard work to pay off. The truth is, we might not see the results we would like to see, but there are results already happening that are difficult to measure.

As a community transformation organization, we are interested in the change that happens internally in our participants and the change they create in their own micro communities.

Our Leadership Cohort was born to go beyond event or initiative creation, into exploring how art can help measure what seems elusive to conventional methods.

Our cohort design is looking to give participants:

  • Acquisition of pertinent skills

  • Networking opportunities

  • Change in mentality


Our cohort syllabus include:

  • Event planning

  • Research

  • Retreats and visits to other cities to learn from other organizations

The following are some events we have created so far:

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For our pilot year, our cohort has identified two areas of impact: project ideas:

  • African American community engagement initiative

  • Basic Family Literacy acquisition with a focus on Spanish Speakers.

Our cohort plans also include:

  • An Art Coop Alliance: That helps artists gain entrepreneurial skills, such as pricing their pieces, and builds communal power among artists.

  • An Art Coop shop: to sell original community artwork prints, t shirts, etc.

Coming soon!

We are working on a song that encourages Spanish speaking families to read to their children!

New to Barrio?

Barrio Alegria is a community transformation organization located in Reading that utilizes the arts as a platform for community engagement and for the development of social and multicultural awareness.


But all you have to remember is:

  • The majority of our projects happen outside!

  • The majority of our projects are free!

  • The majority of our projects have to do with art!

Contact us

140 N. 5th Street

Reading, Pennsylvania 19601



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