Throughout history, people travel to different countries and more heterogeneous cities in search of opportunities and experiences. The phenomenon of the artist in exile for economical or artistic reasons is part of past and contemporary societies. During the Twentieth century, New York had emerged as an art center and many Caribbean artists had experienced time in the city. Puerto Ricans prefer migration to New York, among other states of the East coast, where proximity to the island makes possible frequent travel, so comings and goings and the concept of 'commuting' is part of the island experience.
I belong to a wave of students who moved to New York independently in the 1990s to advance our education and passion for the arts. Perhaps, we moved to New York attracted to a location that offered proximity to the island and also influenced by the comings and goings that are central in our experience. In addition, we traveled to New York fascinated by top art programs, world renowned museums and celebrated artistic neighborhoods.