Murals unveiled along downtown Holyoke celebrate Puerto Rican culture

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The history of Holyoke’s Puerto Rican community is the subject of a series of murals along Main and Sargeant Streets in the heart of the city.

Neighborhood residents gathered Saturday afternoon to admire what western Massachusetts artists had created to tell the story of the Hispanic community.

Artist Frankie Borrero was born in New York City, and now lives in Springfield.

“I’ve been working on it for about a month now, a month and a half,” said Borrero. He told 22News, “What I wanted to project was a little timeline of Puerto Rico.”

Organizers are also confident that these newly painted murals in the neighborhood will attract the attention they deserve.

“So about 10 artists have been developing artwork to tell the stories of the community and history here in Holyoke along Main Street,” said Shey Rivera-Rios, an artist and curator of the mural series. She told 22News, “We have just installed four large scale banners and a big mural and two storefront installations.”

This latest art, representing cultural pride covers four buildings along Main and Sargeant Streets. Socially distanced tours of these newest exhibits continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. followed by 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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