A day-long series of roundtable discussions and workshops on building cultural hubs and professional development for Latino/a and Hispanic artists
Sessions will include: • a presentation on building art space by Laura Esparza, a former theater artist, national consultant, and artistic director who has managed the construction of several museums and cultural spaces; • a report on international trends in cultural hubs by consultant Roger Valdez whose interest in arts and cultural spaces involves keeping Seattle both affordable and sustainable for artists and arts organizations. Following his report, Roger will lead a panel discussion with local arts organization leaders; • the unveiling of a new electronic format for the award-winning Latino Cultural Magazine, by publisher/photographer Hugo Ludeña; • a skill-building workshop on grantwriting by local arts leaders.
This event aims to inform, engage and encourage emerging artists and their supporters.
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
When: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Why: As Seattle’s Spanish-speaking and English-Spanish bilingual population grows, so does its community of Latino/a and Hispanic artists. The local Latino community needs both real and virtual cultural hubs; the community needs its own sala (living room). At Tools for Cultural Development, artists and arts administrators from the Latino community will share information and resources on how to build these hubs, as well as offer workshops to develop artists’ professional skills.
Who: Tools for Cultural Development is presented by La Sala (www.lasalaseattle.org), an emerging collective that is coalescing and mobilizing the Latino-Hispanic arts community in the Seattle area. This event is supported by 4Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Latino Cultural Magazine and Raven Chronicles.
La Sala, a collective of eight artists/administrators/advocates, co-founded by Irene Gómez and Miguel Guillén, aims to increase the visibility of Latino/a and Hispanic artists in the region’s arts landscape. Recent La Sala gatherings have brought Latino artists together at Artist Trust’s artists’ resource room and the studios of KCTS/V-Me.