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State of the Arts: Embracing Latino Audiences

"State of the Arts" in Fort Worth Examines How Cultural Organizations Are Engaging Latino Audiences.

I have been a Texan for two decades now. If nothing more, it is a considerable amount of time to learn and absorb the culture and the lifestyle of the place I call my home. Coming to Texas these many years ago, I remember feeling somewhat deprived of the artistic flare and cultural vibrancy I was accustomed to in Moscow. Now, I am pleased to say that both Dallas and Fort Worth have made incredible strides to support, develop and promote all aspects of the cultural experience in the cities.

The Kimbell Art Museum has been my favorite for many years. Renown both for its collections and for its architecture, the museum is a distinctive Texas landmark. With masterpieces ranging from antiquity to the 20th century, the permanent exhibition boasts works by such artists as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velazquez, Monet, Picasso and Matisse. That in itself makes The Kimbell a unique gem. However, what is even more attractive to me is the museum’s dedication to promoting the arts and working with local communities.

The collaboration between The Kimbell Art Museum, Texas Christian University College of Fine Arts and KERA’s Art&Seek produces a popular discussion series “State of the Arts” that identifies trends and issues important to North Texas artistic communities, and brings together artists, experts and scholars for thought-provoking conversations.

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On Friday, September 16th, Art & Seek’s “State of the Arts” discussion will be dedicated to examining the influence and participation of Latino and Hispanic cultures in Dallas-Fort Worth. A recent Pew Research Center Study cited Dallas-Fort Worth as having the sixth-largest Hispanic and Latino population in the United States. The upcoming “State of the Arts” session will be exploring how cultural organizations of Fort Worth are embracing this growing population and working to engage this vital audience. Moderator Jerome Weeks, senior arts reporter and producer for Art & Seek, will be joined by Darren Woods, general director of the Fort Worth Opera; Dr. Germán Augusto Gutiérrez, music director and conductor of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra professor of Music, director of Orchestral Studies and director of the Center for Latin American Music Studies at Texas Christian University, as well as the Honorable Francisco de la Torre Galindo, Consul General of Mexico.

I find it incredibly compelling that our cultural practices are being enlivened and enriched by the inclusion of the distinctive and unique influences of Latin America. The repertoire of North Texas Artistic experiences is being broadened both from the educational and from the appreciative points of view.

Renzo Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum will welcome all interested participants in this conversation. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. I hope you can join in.

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