6:00PM - 8:00PM
Con A de Arte is an annual event that seeks to showcase the work of local artists from the Latin American community in the Charlotte area through presentations modeled after the TED Conferences which include visual art presentations, and performances by musicians, dancers, poets, and actors.
A reception will follow the artists' presentations and awards. Appetizers will be served. Cash bar available.
Image credits: ArtSi Charlotte - Con A de Arte Logo
Sara Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award - Frank Dominguez
Since 1994 Frank has been a familiar voice to classical music listeners on WDAV. Over the years he has played a crucial part in station programming decisions through his various roles as Announcer Coordinator, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, and currently General Manager & Content Director. His tenure at the station has seen its transition to a fully professional on air staff, several overhauls of its program schedule, and unprecedented growth in the station’s local programming, from the production of original local series such as Carolina Live, Reel Music, Open Air Brevard and The Charlotte Symphony In Performance, to the addition of the overnight Early Shift seven days a week.
He has also directed or hosted a number of live concert broadcasts including the annual Charlotte Lessons & Carols from St. John’s each December. Frank is also the host and producer of Concierto, the nation’s first bilingual classical music program focusing on the Hispanic and Latino contribution to classical music. Currently the program airs on more than forty stations across the country. Because of his work on Concierto Frank was nominated for the Personality of the Year and Programmer of the Year awards at the 2012 Hispanic Radio Conference in San Diego.
Prior to coming to WDAV, Frank began his radio career at 90.7 WFAE, where for eight years he hosted the popular Sunday evening music program, Nightscapes. In addition he has worked extensively in local theater as an actor and director, including productions for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, CAST, Theatre Charlotte and Opera Carolina. He holds a BFA in Theater from Adelphi University as well as MA and MFA degrees from the University of New Orleans.
Frank and his wife, Liz, live in Charlotte and have four grown children, one grandchild, and a menagerie of pets. Happily, most of Frank’s interests are a part of what he does for a living. A few that he can't pursue while on the job are reading mysteries and spy novels, movies, and other types of music.
Lifetime Achievement Community Award - The Latin American Coalition
The Latin American Coalition is a community of Latin Americans, immigrants and allies that promotes full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic and cultural life of North Carolina through education, celebration and advocacy. We envision a more welcoming, diverse and vibrant North Carolina which embraces, supports and respects people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Coalition Director Jose Hernández-París was born in Colombia, South America and has lived in the Charlotte area for 40 years. He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Educational Leadership and a minor in Applied Psychology. He has a Nonprofit Management Certification from Duke University, and is a member of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. Hernandez-Paris was a former executive director of The International House, led the Diversity Office of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and in January 2016, became the executive director of the Latin American Coalition. He has been recognized as a Community Service Person of the Year by the Excelente Awards; A Hero of Democracy by The Charlotte Observer; Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council; a Hometown Hero by WBT Radio and the Business Journal; The Cesar Chavez Liderazgo Award by Leadership in the Clouds.
Emerging Artist Award - Julio Gonzalez
Julio Gonzalez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. His work stems from the exploration into his mixed heritage. Born to a Honduran mother and Mexican father while growing up in the South during the 80’s, his experience is one of being from somewhere else. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the southeast. His practice relies on constantly asking “what if?” and embracing the random.
"I create art because it is meditative and it helps me think through my observations of the world. What I am most interested in is looking at the present and future through the lens of my history and culture. I utilize Mexican and Mayan design aesthetics to create works that explore our modern human experiences.. I aim to create visually pleasing work was a way to introduce discussion of ideas and concepts that can be uncomfortable for most."
Tita Ramírez – Writer
Tita Ramírez has published fiction and nonfiction in The Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, Quarter After Eight, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She has an essay forthcoming in Lit Hub. She lives in Greensboro, NC and teaches at Elon University.
The first time I read Junot Díaz, it changed my life,” says Greensboro novelist Tita Ramirez. “With his abundance of unapologetic Spanish, he finally gave me permission to write the way I’ve always wanted to write (but never knew I did), and to write about the things I really wanted to write about: identity and how we create it, family and how it constricts us or expands us, how it keeps us close or sets us free. And above all, connection – or, rather, isolation – and our struggle against it.” She is a 2015 – 16 NC Arts Council fellowship recipient.
Francisco González – Visual Arts
I'm a native of México and have been printmaking and doing mixed media art in Charlotte since 1998. Mostly self- taught, but have taken printmaking workshops throughout the years. My work has been in several exhibitions throughout the two Carolina's, Georgia, Oregon and New York. In 2002 my art was chosen for 'Celebrating The Legacy of Romare Bearden’ exhibition at The Mint Museum Of Art in Charlotte. In 2004 I was an affiliate artist with McColl Center for Art + Innovation. I was one of the artists at Mint Museum’s Arte-Poesia-Música 2015, Artfields 2016 & 2017, Lake City, SC, Arte Latino Now 15', 16', 17' Queens University, Charlotte, NC. My art is in several private collections in both Carolina’s, Connecticut, Missouri, China and New York. My art is in the permanent collection of Queens University in Charlotte and in corporations throughout North Carolina. I have won awards from Associated Artist of Winston Salem, NC, Museum of York County in Rock Hill and the Charlotte Art League in Charlotte.
Cristina Cassidy – Documentary Film
Cristina Cassidy is a documentary ﬁlmmaker and video professional with over 30 years of experience. Born in the United States to a Peruvian mother and an American father, she has always felt that her dual cultural background has had a profound effect on her creative sensitivity and work.
Cristina was born in Washington, DC, and learned Spanish before she learned English. Her bilingual skills opened many doors for her, especially in her career as a video producer for a video production company in the Washington, DC, area that specialized in video for overseas broadcast. For 13 years she traveled internationally directing foreign camera crews and conducting interviews in Spanish. When she left the production company to move to Charlotte in 2007, she was the head scriptwriter and a senior video producer.
Daniel González & Nataly Cheek - Dance
Nataly Cheek born in Yonkers, New York but raised in Charlotte, NC. If you ask Nataly where is from she will tell you “Charlotte is home”. Nataly comes from a Colombian family where she inherited her cultural roots and of course how to dance. She competed in Latin Ballroom dancing for 8 years, where her and her partner- Daniel lived out of their suitcases competing from city to city and country to country. During their time together, they took lessons from world champions such as Donnie Burns, Vibeke Toft, Allan Tornsburg and the list could continue. Dancing was an avenue for Nataly to express her feelings and to tap into her competitive spirit.
While Nataly was competing, she was attending school where graduated from Queens University with a Double Major in Spanish and Interior Design. She currently still teaches dance as well as working for Belk’s headquarters as a Corporate Recruiter. What she loves the most is traveling the world and getting to know other cultures, people and see what else is out there in life. Nataly and her husband celebrate their one year anniversary at the end of May. They both bought a home in Noda and have a little black and white Pomeranian by the name of Tux.
Reinaldo Brahn – Music
Born in Belo Horizonte (Beautiful Horizon), the third largest city in Brazil. Reinaldo Brahn picked up his brother's guitar at age 14, curiously strummed its chords, and the musician within him immediately emerged. He taught himself traditional Musica Minhera, the rhythms of his native state Minas Gerais. Gaining experience playing and singing at festivals, bars and restaurants, he worked with the renowned Brazilian vocal group Soul Makube before embarking on a solo career. Reinaldo's experiences and collaboration with other musicians created his signature style which infuses classic Brazilian rhythms-Samba and Bossa Nova - with Funk and Jazz. In 2000 he recorded a CD with WEB BRASIL, in 2004 a collaborative CD entitled "Ao Vivo no Tocos", and in 2009 his first solo CD - "A Procura da Razao acoustic", also in 2011 " Brasileiro Soul" with Reference Recording label from San Francisco
Reinaldo toured his original music throughout Brazil, and then brought his artistry to the United States. Arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October 2007, he quickly introduced his Brazilian roots to the local scene. He creatively applies robust Brazilian style to popular American music with a truly inspiring result. Reinaldo's specialties include singing and playing authentic Brazilian music, including Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) and classic Sambas, as well as performing American pop songs with a strong Brazilian influence. Veteran percussionist and producer Jim Brock refers to Reinaldo Brahn as "the new voice of Brazil".
This event is sponsored by:
The Latino Initiative is kindly sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.