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Latino Heritage Symposium 2011: Art and Activism

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    Vincent Valdez

Saturday, April 9, from 9 am to 3:30 pm in the Southwestern University Ballrooms

9:00 am Registration

10:00 am Cruz Ortiz
San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz uses print, performance, and video to embrace issues relating to his experience growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas. Replacing classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture such as taco trucks, canned beans, and an alter ego named Spaztek, Ortiz?s work maintains a tense relationship with consumerism and his heritage.

11:00 am Salsa Dance Lessons

12:00 pm Lunch and keynote: Anita Fernandez
Anita Fernandez graduated from Southwestern University.  She received her Master of Arts from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Anita has been a pivotal contributor toward the development of community and public affairs at the Museo Alameda, the first formal Smithsonian affiliate in the U.S. and the official Latino Museum of Texas.

1:30 pm Vincent Valdez
Painter and muralist Vincent Valdez was born and raised in San Antonio. Since participating in a mural project at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at age 10, Valdez has made public art about neighborhoods and urban landscapes. He holds a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and his works have been exhibited at The Parsons School of Design, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the Cheech Marin Collection.

2:30 pm Folklorico Dancing and Closing

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