Hispanic Professionals in the Arts: Mesa Redonda

May 6, 2011

The 2010 census cast new light on New York City’s growing Hispanic population, which rose by 8 percent to make up 29 percent of the total. As the the creative community adapts to the city’s changing ethnic makeup, the Division of Continuing Education at SVA has brought together an accomplished group of Latino artists and designers for a panel discussion on Monday, May 16, entitled Hispanic Professionals in the Arts: Mesa Redonda. Moderated by MTV2’s Desi Sanchez, the panelists include Laura Alejo, art director at HUSH; Rafael Esquer, principal at Alfalfa Studio; illustrator and cartoonist Felipe Galindo (known to many of his fans as Feggo); Jessica Perilla, creative director at JPD Studio; and José Luis Ortiz Téllez, a designer, consultant and educator.

Slated to be the first in a series of lectures and panel discussions, the program will explore some of the visual communication challenges and opportunities in the Hispanic community and how bilingual and bicultural designers and illustrators are responding. Mexican-born Galindo—whose award-winning book series Manhatitlan captures the ongoing convergence of American and Mexican cultures—says, “It was not until college that I realized the enormous cultural legacy in Mexico’s history and, oddly enough, not until I moved to New York that I began to incorporate it in my work.”

Conducted in English, the event takes place Monday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater. Admission is free and open to the public; RSVP by Monday, May 9 to [email protected]. To get a preview of the discussion, visit the Division of Continuing Education page on Facebook and click on Notes, where there is a series of interviews with the panelists.

Image: Illustration by Felipe Galindo.

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