On April 2, 2016, our division hosted a day of art-making, dancing, food, and music to commemorate the closing of Estamos Aquí: Voces Contemporáneos (We Are Here: Contemporary Voices) exhibit. This exhibit featured artwork from 14 Latin American artists from across Tennessee. Many of the artists attended the reception to discuss their work. Artists involved in the show include: Rafael Casco (Honduras), Antuco Chicaiza (Ecuador), Yuri Figueroa (Mexico), Orlando Garcia-Camacho (Colombia), Angel Olegario Luna (Mexico), Jorge Mendoza (Bolivia), Zoilita Mojica (Colombia), Jairo Prado (Colombia), Danielle Sierra (Mexican Heritage), Julie Sola (Mexican Heritage), Ivan Soto (Honduras), Ruben Torres (Mexico), Yancy Villa-Calvo (Mexico), and Jorge Yances (Colombia).

The schedule of events was as follows:

  • Family art-making inspired by exhibit – 9:30am, Children’s Arts and Crafts
  • Family Zumba – 10:30am, Puppet Theater
  • Art-making in the Lobby with Jairo Prado – 1:30 pm, Lobby
  • Teen Mural Painting with Jorge Mendoza – All day with artist talk at 1:30pm
  • Art-making with Ruben Torres – 1:30pm, Banner Room
  • Reception (Artists present) – 2-4pm, Courtyard Galler

This amazing exhibit was closed on April 3 after a great response from the community so we sent it off in style! Both the exhibit and reception were part of the year-long project, Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History, and were made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

For more information about the project, visit: http://www.library.nashville.org/latinoamericanhistory/

Below is a photo gallery of collected memories from the event: