7:00PM - 8:30PM
An evening of poetry and music performances by local Latin American poets and musicians. This is a bilingual program.
The program begins at 7pm preceded by a reception in the Heritage Gallery at 6:30 pm. Appetizers and beverages catered by Gelitas Charlotte .
Herrison Chicas is a renowned spoken word artist invited around the world to share his storytelling gift and his inspirational poetry to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences. His work has been featured on major platforms such as National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and various TED talks, reaching more than 1.5 million people worldwide. As a slam poet, Chicas is the current Champion of the TEDxUNC Spoken Word Slam, a Finalist in Slam Charlotte and Bull City Slam, and a Semi-Finalist to YouthSpeaks Brave New Voices Poetry Slam, the world’s biggest youth poetry competition.
Currently, Chicas is contracted by Fortune 500 companies and prominent universities across the country to motivate staff and students, coach sales and management teams, and enhance performance through the art of storytelling!
Philologist graduated from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Poet and blogger. Volunteer at programs like ArtSí Charlotte and Flag of Hope. Author of poetry books Esta Soy, In the Prism of Your Soul, and co-author of poetic tale The Fragrance of Water. Three time winner of Poesía Viva Charlotte. Featured Artist at Con A de Arte 2012 & 2014. Poems selected by national competition for the exhibit Arte Latino Now Queens University Charlotte 2014 & 2015. Poet resident at the Mint Museum. Artist participant at the NUEVOlution exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South. Pecha Kucha Night Vol #14 alumna. Commissioned poet for the Gantt Center for African American Studies. Actress in the dramatic reading of the Vagina Monologues 2016.
José G. Vázquez
José G. Vázquez is a multidisciplinary artist who describes himself as an artisan. Was born in Mexico and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1996. Vázquez writes poetry and short stories and co founded the poetry groups ArteSanos de la Palabra and Voz ES. In addition to practicing photography, he creates visual art with salvaged and found materials. In his latest creative exploration he worked on the production of a documentary titled Five Dollars for my Story and currently is a member of MAS + arte a group focused on creating and promoting hand-on art in the Charlotte area.
Ana Lucia Divins - Cafe Amaretto
Ana Lucia Divins is a Colombian-American singer located in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is passionate about inspiring a greater awareness of the richness of the Latino culture, rhythms and art. Ana Lucia is the recipient of the 2009 Latino artists initiative grant from the Arts and Science Council and the featured artist of many cultural events in the US. Since 2014, her acoustic performances with the duet Café Amaretto featured a mixture of jazz, blues and smooth Latin American folk music. Her music partner, Carlos Crespo, originally from Ecuador, plays guitar and has led several musical projects exploring and gaining experience in a diverse range of music styles nationally and internationally. Now, their music goes from jazzy romantic boleros to swingy happy jazz songs. http://www.cafeamarettomusic.com/
As a lifelong student of music, Quiroga has been inseparable from his instrument for decades, studying at the National University of Bogota, as well as the Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. While continuing to elevate his talent and hone his skills, he tackled master classes with renowned guitarists such as Abel Carlevaro, Oscar Giglia, Michael Lorimer, and more. Through earnest devotion to his craft and blessed with an innate talent, Quiroga has turned himself into a one of the premier classical guitarists on the scene today. Despite remaining clearly focused on tradition and his classical roots, Quiroga utilizes influences from other genres such as contemporary, jazz, and world to create a more unique and captivating sound.
A clear veteran of the stage, the Bogota musician has over 25 years experience performing in countries from the Netherlands to Puerto Rico, including shows on national television & radio. In his native Colombia, he performed for the president with a philharmonic orchestra, as well as numerous appearances at concert halls & universities. For more information, please visit www.arisguitarist.com.
The Latino Initiative is generously sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.