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This year, the National Museum of Mexican Art is excited to present the position paper of the Crescendo Cultural Taskforce as part of our celebratory activities to mark our 25th Anniversary.
From the onset, the level of enthusiasm regarding Crescendo Cultural, a historic taskforce of young, Latino, art professionals brought together to participate in effectively shaping the future of the arts in the U.S, has been fantastic. This is the first time that such a convening has taken place and the publication of the position paper is timely. Latinos are now the largest group of color in the U.S. at 16% percent of the total population and their voices and participation will make a positive impact on the arts.
Today Latinos can maintain their cultural traditions and adopt American cultural practices with a freedom and ease that previous generations of ethnic immigrants could only dream to attain.
Despite this, the reality for Latinos in the U.S. is far from perfect. We must acknowledge that much more is needed to assist the socio-economic and political development and growth of Latino communities across the U.S. Latino arts and culture can play a fundamental part in shaping the dialogue and moving towards a more promising future for everyone.
Crescendo Cultural is a program designed to encourage mentorship. But instead of seasoned art professionals mentoring the next generation, the next generation of art leaders will educate cultural institutions, universities, private and government funders, and scholars about what should be the agenda and goals for the preservation and presentation of Latino arts and culture in the U.S.
If you would like to learn more about Crescendo Cultural and its Taskforce members, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crescendo Cultural Taskforce members:
Assistant Manager of Community Engagement at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland
Alma Minerva Carrillo
Program Director at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI
Amy Louise Cavazos
Child & Family Art Therapist, Children’s Research Triangle, Chicago, IL
Manager of Family Programs and Cultural Celebrations at El Museo del Barrio in New York City
Raquel J. Gutierrez
Manager of Community Partnerships at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, CA
Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Yasmin I. Hernandez
Independent Visual Artist based in New York City
Education Technology Manager at The Art Institute of Chicago
Gabrielle Marie (Lopez) Uballez
Visual Arts Program Director at Working Classroom
Leilani Cherie Montes
Media Maker & Union Organizer based in New York City.
Irma Carolina Rubio
Graduate Student & Instructor of Art Education at Pennsylvania State University
Actress and Resident Playwright
F. Javier Torres
Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The Boston Foundation
Marlon Eduardo Torres
Vice President, Galumpha, Inc. and CEO, Médica y Salud MRK, C.A.
Crescendo Cultural Taskforce Coordinator
Linda Xóchitl Tortolero
Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation