One of my favorite spots here in Checagou is the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in Barrio Pilsen, just west of downtown Chicago. The museum played a big role in my move here to the Windy City; the museum’s President, Carlos Tortolero has been a valued mentor of mine the last few years. He is a rather well-known person here in Chicago, but in my opinion doesn’t get the respect he deserves from the larger Latino arts community. Many of the museum’s and their youth-focused Yolocalli Arts Reach’s leadership is composed of talented, creative, young folks- la nueva generación.
This July they are hosting Crescendo Cultural, a convening of Latino artists and arts administrators under 35 to share and discuss the state of Latino arts and how we can help shape the future of the arts in the U.S. Although the description is a little vague and it’s a bummer that only ten people will be invited, it may mean that participants will have a lot of freedom in what the outcomes of this convening will be. Housing and travel will be provided to all those accepted. Applications are available here, and are due by February 18.
Chicago has one of the largest Latino populations in this country, and a major contributor to the arts- there is no reason why there shouldn’t be at least two Chicago-based artists/administrators in this group. The only way this can happen is if folks apply.
It should be a great opportunity to connect with other young leaders and artists around the country, and to contribute to a gathering that focuses on what is important to the emerging Latino artist/administrator. Space? Career opportunities? Training? Dealing with founder syndrome?
Don’t sleep on this Chicago, nor others from outside the area!
Image: Ballads from My Land/ Corridos de Mi Tierra by Alfredo Arreguin, part of the permanent collection at the museum.