Richard Morales is the Manager of Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio. Originally from Brooklyn and of Puerto Rican descent, Richard attended Oberlin College where he studied Latin American Studies with a concentration on Literature and Fine Arts. An Andrew Mellon fellowship enabled him to research queer Latino/a writers in exile which brought him to Spain where he worked with COLEGA Córdoba, a local LGBTQI Organization.
Returning to New York, Richard provided services for Cool Culture and the Public Art Fund. In 2008 he moved to Argentina where he taught ESL to business executives and provided writing support for local and international artists. After several years in Buenos Aires, Richard returned to New York where he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and El Museo del Barrio.
Richard believes that the arts are an agent for change and that through art people of all backgrounds can understand/view their history and re-contextualize it. He has independently curated exhibits/events that address inclusion/representation for the Hispanic Federation’s Fuerzafest and for the Leslie Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Teatro Círculo, NYC as well as on the advisory board for Making Gay History.