Latino artists increasing their profile on Phoenix First Fridays

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — When the Valley’s marquee monthly art walk returns today, it will include several spaces showcasing Latino artists.  The events range from an Arizona State University exhibit to start-up galleries that focus on Latino art.  First Friday, the monthly self-guided tour of downtown Phoenix art galleries and spaces, is important to local artists because it brings thousands of visitors, and it exposes artists to throngs of people who may not have otherwise seen their work.

Friday’s events come as an arts group pushes to create a Latino museum and cultural center in downtown.  Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture want to raise $200,000 to open a small cultural center this year, but eventually plan to build a $10 million facility downtown.

Hispanic artists are becoming more visible on First Fridays, said Nydia Cortez, who opened Lo Nuestro Gallery in June.  “It’s a small but growing scene,” Cortez said.  The gallery at 736 W. Fillmore St. embraces art from a wide sweep of Latin American countries, including Cuba.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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