By Will Roberts, Program Director, Cultural & Community Investment
This Sunday, Oct. 14, from 12 to 8 p.m., more than 25,000 people are expected at the Charlotte Latin American Festival at Symphony Park, adjacent to South Park Mall. This is the Latin America Coalition’s signature annual event and ASC is proud to be both a sponsor and a participant in this important cultural event.
In addition to the music, arts, crafts, dance presentations and children’s activities, ASC is excited this year to partner with renowned Charlotte artist Edwin Gil to create a piece of community artwork during the festival. Throughout the day, Gil with his volunteers and ASC staff will turn the ASC booth in the Plaza de Artistas into a community art studio!
Festival attendees are invited to visit the booth, write their thoughts about diversity on a sticky note and add it to one of three panels Gil has specially created for this project. They will also be able to put their fingerprint on a small square of paper and contribute that to the community art piece as well.
“Quilting Differences is indicative of how cultures can instantly be connected through the power of art,” Gil said. “We are all interconnected and it is very interesting to see the similarities and importance that people place on a strong support network of family, friends and community”
After the festival, Gil will finish the panels using a proprietary paint technique, turning each panel into a single, permanent work of art that can be displayed in various places throughout our community. A QR code will be assigned to the work so that participants will be able to view the finished piece online.
To learn more about the Latin American Festival, how you can purchase tickets and attend, click here.