Visiones artist Irving Juarez recaps the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) 31st Regional Arts Training Workshop, which took place this year June 2-3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Regional: Latinx in the New South was a key opportunity for artists, cultural organizers, educators, activists, and allies from across the country to network, learn, and build together:
I was invited to be a presenter at NALAC’s Charlotte Regional on Friday, June 2. The regional offers communities, non-profits, and artists a place where they can come and be a part of progressive conversations, workshops, keynotes, and much more. I was invited to speak on Friday about my NO.TICIAS newspaper I created for Indie Grits this year– I was one of eight speakers at the Nuestras Historias presentation, which dealt with breadth of work happening across generations, cultures, and creative disciplines in the southeast.
The event kicked off by hosting two workshops for NALAC registered members: one an intense Latinx community building brainstorm, and the second about funding non-profit and orginization work through grant writing, partnerships, and better business practices. I sat in the back, listened and learned soooo much. I’m grateful and honored to have been in a room where such motivating and creative people discussed their passions.
The night continued with a reception with live music and food before the eight presentations in the Nuestras Historias panel. This portion was free and open to the public! The presentations varied in skills and professions–From filmmakers, to storytellers and visual artists, (and even me, the skateboarding, graphic designer who told his story of coming into America by putting it in a newspaper). Although I was nervous, my presentation was received really well, and everyone had nothing but nice things to say.
The regional was a perfect place for Latinx artists to meet and talk about future projects, find freelance opportunities and to connect with one another. This was all made possible by the lovely people at Indie Grits and i’m very grateful that they let me be a part of the festival this year. It’s because of the work I made for Visiones that I can continue to learn and be a part of the Latinx communities here in the Carolinas.