"Latinic" Opening Reception: Sept. 16 from 6-10pm!

So perhaps you know that the Drop-Off date for Latinic is TODAY from 11am-6pm, did you know the OPENING RECEPTION is next Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6pm-10pm? Will you be there? Please join us! Please visit our Facebook.com page for the Opening Reception at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107600892633868 and let us know if you’ll be there!

For our new exhibit Latinic, we are focusing on cultural identity, issues relating to self identity, and societal views and interpretations of the Hispanic culture and community in the U.S. We are also showcasing artwork that celebrates the essence of the Hispanic culture be it its diversity, the music and dance, interpretations of the strong family tradition, and political history. “Latinic” will be on exhibit at Design Studio Art Gallery from September 12th – October 17th, 2010. To celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, Design Studio Art Gallery will hold an artists’ opening reception on Thursday, September 16th from 6-10pm.

HYATTSVILLE, MD (9-01-10) – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and the great diversity of our country, we want to examine issuesspecifically within the Hispanic community. Hispanic is defined as ‘of or relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries (countries colonized by Spain), especially those of Latin America’. Latino is defined as ‘a Latin American inhabitant of the United States’ or ‘people who speak a language that is derived from Latin: Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese’. Both terms are not technically used to describe race; they are used to describe ethnic distinction.
Our new exhibit “Latinic” examines the great diversity of our country. Works of art will reflect on various issues, subjects, and themes within the Hispanic community. What is ultimately the difference between the two terms Hispanic and Latino? Why are people identified as one, but not the other? Is this debate more geographical, cultural, or lingual? Is one term viewed as more positive and/or negative than another? How do you interpret Hispanic culture? How do you celebrate the culture? How does the culture influence the people? How is ‘Hispanic’ culture identified in this country? What does ‘Hispanic’ look like? Works of art will offer answers and various interpretations to the aforementioned questions.

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