Espacio Minerva is an alternative space of activities, which has a cultural program to benefit the community, artists, creative and visitors of Santurce. Our mission is to promote Santurce as the epicenter of the arts and creative businesses in Puerto Rico; while improving the character of the old architecture and disused spaces of the district. In addition, the artistic community of Santurce is committed to providing a clean, safe and enriching environment for pedestrians, occupants and visitors. Minerva was the meeting point of renowned writers and artists of Santurce in the fifties; founded by Lic. Manuel Rivera Umpierre in June 1954, as Minerva Bookstore, honoring the Goddess of Wisdom of Greek Mythology. It was open for more than 22 years in the service of the Santurce community.