Monthly archives: October, 2017

Artistic Intercambio

On October 26th, members of The National Museum of Mexican Art artist residency exchange program were invited to the Latino Cultural Center to participate in an open dialogue. The panel consisted of artists as well as curators from both Chicago and Havana who had concluded their visit in Havana and were beginning the second half of their cultural exchange here in Chicago. During the dialogue, panelists discussed the social issues and political climates of their home countries and explored how art is being used as a medium for influencing positive social change.

Chicago Ideas Week Immigration Dialogue

On October 18, 2017, the Latino Cultural Center hosted an event for Chicago Ideas Week 2017.  Chicago Ideas coordinates the largest ideas festival bringing global individuals together to participate in various talks, conversations and labs. They are driven by their core belief that assembling a group of diverse thinkers and leaders can generate enough power to transform the world. This year, more than 150 programs were organized in which attendees could learn, discuss, inspire, and connect ideas.  

The LCC conducted an Immigration Dialogue giving participants a chance to utilize art and storytelling in exploring immigration as a national issue, recognizing how it connects to each of us, and expanding understandings of different viewpoints. Participants were also given a tour of the Monarch garden by students of the UIC Heritage Garden. The LCC is happy to have collaborated with an organization that shares in the understanding that diversity and inclusiveness are essential for intellectual discourse.

For more information about Chicago Ideas, click here.  


Heritage Garden Harvest Fest 2017

Last Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the UIC Heritage Garden hosted their very first Harvest Fest entitled “The Seeds of Social Change”. At the event, the UIC community was invited to learn about seed collecting, to grow their own milkweed plants, and to go on a UIC garden tour. Students also had the chance to create personal tea blends and seed bombs and share cultural stories and recipes. As with many Heritage Garden events, the Harvest Fest reflected their mission of connecting gardening with social and environmental justice. The event was even featured on UIC Today. For more information about the UIC Heritage Garden, click here.

Artivism: Stolen Lives

Image of Esperanza Gama with artwork

During the ARTivism: Stolen Lives event on October 5th, people were invited to paint, draw, and sew on multiple portraits, created by Esperanza Gama, which celebrate and honor the lives and bravery of women who have suffered domestic violence and cruel deaths. Gama encouraged people to bring the portraits to life with bright colors, compelling iconography and messages of empowerment. Some people painted beautiful birds, while others sewed flowers and butterflies to the portrait of Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental indigenous activist who was murdered in 2016.

The artwork will be incorporated into Gama’s upcoming exhibition at Casa Michoacan and the LCC’s ofrenda to Berta Cáceres, at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Border of Dreams Photography

On September 21st, Nick Oza presented his photography at the LCC, in partnership with the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, highlighting stories along the US-Mexico border. His photographs are also on display at the UIC Daley Library until the end of October, see details here.

Special thanks to the Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) network for covering this Zona Abierta public program.