ArtSi Charlotte Announces Featured Artists and Award Recipients for its Signature Event Con A De Arte 2016

13th annual event celebrates Hispanic arts and culture

ArtSí Charlotte, an arts initiative that supports and connects Latino artists in the Charlotte area, has announced the featured artists for its signature event Con A de Arte. Artists featured this year include performers, visual artists, and writers who will present their works live at the Con A de Arte event taking place on Wednesday, June 8th at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, at 6 p.m. The presentations and awards will be followed by a reception that will give the public the opportunity to interact with the featured artists and awardees. Appetizers will be served. Cash bar available.


  • Herrison Chicas – Spoken Word
  • Maria Elena Ferran – Visual Arts
  • Saul Flores – Photography – Documentary
  • Everdith Landrau  –  Dance
  • Lucas Torres – Music


  • Banu Valladares  – Sarah Wolfe Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA) – Lifetime Achievement Community Award
  • Rocio Llusca – Emerging Artist Award

As part of the Con A de Arte celebration, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will host a Literary Night at the Morrison Regional Branch on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. The Morrison Library is located at 7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28211.SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Spoken word artist Herrison Chicas and photojournalist Saul Flores will present the documentary “Skin of the Natives: The Meaning of Life” at both events.

About the Speakers

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.

Saul Flores is a humanitarian, photojournalist, and activist who is nationally recognized for his 5,328 mile walk from Ecuador to the United States known as The Walk of the Immigrants. Flores’ photo storytelling project sparked a national awareness discussion of the human struggle related to immigration, social equity, human potential and public consciousness. His talks on this journey have been featured on Univision, TedxTalks, and National Public Radio.


ArtSí is a community initiative that advances the Latino arts and culture in the Charlotte region and facilitates connections with the Charlotte arts community at large. ArtSí is run by volunteers, and it serves a membership base of over 200 individuals, from Latino artists to art supporters. Its work is backed by a group of well-known and respected local organizations that support its mission. Organizations supporting ArtSí include The Mint Museum, Queens University of Charlotte, and Levine Museum of the New South.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library began more than a century ago as a treasured repository of knowledge. Although people have evolved to read, explore and acquire knowledge in many new ways since then, one important feature has endured: Their services remains free to all who come to its premises with a desire to research, learn, and experience.

The Public Library serves hundreds of thousands of people while also responding to the needs of individual library visitors.

Leigh Dyer
Public Relations Director, The Mint Museum
Irania M. Patterson
Bilingual Specialist Outreach
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Claudia Soria

Director, Artsi Charlotte