Latino Arts
Press Release

Latino Arts’ Spring 2016 Season

Performing and Visual Arts Lineup Features Local & International Talent

By - Jan 28th, 2016 10:59 am

MILWAUKEE – January 28, 2016 – Latino Arts’ legacy of providing authentic Hispanic arts programming for our community spans three decades and countless mediums, and this year’s spring season encapsulates what it is that Latino Arts is best known for: quality and diversity.

The Latino Arts Gallery begins 2016 with the final weeks of the dazzling mixed media presentations of Gardens, Gods, & Grids by Dara Larson before showcasing the raw and unflinching photography of Tropicalísimo by John Sevigny and sharing the work of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School students for The Big Idea IV: Stretch & Explore.

In the Latino Arts Auditorium, The Third Annual Guitar Festival and Competition presented by the Latino Arts Strings Program will offer the opportunity for young musicians to earn their spot on stage with two of the most sought-after classical guitarists in the world, Iván Resendiz and Marina Tomei, and Gregorio Uribe Big Band will infuse classic 50’s and 60’s Colombian big band sound with modern funk and jazz energy.

To see or hear a preview of an upcoming exhibition or performance in the Gallery or Auditorium, visit Connect with Latino Arts on Facebook at and follow @latinoartsinc on Twitter.


The Third Annual Guitar Festival & Competition Concert
Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Latino Arts Auditorium

The Latino Arts Strings Program is proud to present the Third Annual Guitar Festival and Competition. This year’s Guitar Festival culminates with a concert featuring performances from internationally respected guitarists Iván Resendiz (Mexico) and Marina Tomei (Italy). As an added treat, winners from the Intermediate and Advanced levels of the competition will perform select pieces to open the concert.

General admission to the concert $10 per person (and includes enrollment to the master class for interested parties).

Guitar students interested in participating in the competition should register online by Friday, February 12. Participation in the competition is $25 per guitarist, which includes the competition, master class, and a concert ticket.

Gregorio Uribe Big Band
Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Combining rhythms of Cumbia and Chandé from vocalist and accordionist Gregorio Uribe’s home of Colombia with funk and powerful jazz arrangements, Gregorio Uribe Big Band astonishes international audiences with brass crescendos, smooth melodies, and enticing beats. Now based in New York City, the sixteen-piece ensemble hails from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. Gregorio Uribe Big Band’s musicians’ diverse backgrounds shine harmoniously to create music that is at once reminiscent of the Colombian Big Bands of the 50’s and 60’s and a fresh, modern sound.

Student Matinees: Thursday, March 10 & Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for evening performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium:

Tickets for the evening show are $15 for general admission in advance ($20 at the door), $10 for seniors 60 and over and full-time students in advance ($15 at the door), and $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. Our Dinner & A Show special features Café el Sol’s Friday fish buffet before the performance (beverage and gratuity not included) for $25 in advance ($30 at the door). Advance tickets prices are available until 11:59 p.m. the day before the show.

Ticket prices for student matinee performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium: $12 Adults & Seniors, $8 Students & Kids (3 Years and Older).


Gardens, Gods, & Grids: Retracing Nature, Culture, & Infrastructure in the Americas

by Dara Larson

On display through February 26

Dara Larson is a Professor of Art at Alverno College and a mentor at RedLine Milwaukee who retraces photo documents and past artwork from multiple years of travel in the Americas to create a series of time collages, merging photographed reality with imaginary and psychological worldviews. The works overlap and paste together the most powerful symbols and themes from her journeys through North, Central, and South America. Inspired by land use and city story, Larson explores historic and contemporary themes that incorporate natural and built environments with art, healing, and spirituality.

Tropicalísimo by John Sevigny
March 11 – June 3
Photographer John Sevigny captures the conditions that cause things and people to fall apart—heat, humidity, and impoverished conditions—and asks what’s to come in places that seem to be about to collapse. Tropicalísimo is a collection of forty photographs taken between 2012 and 2014 throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The collection indicates the beauty, culture, life, and sometimes violence throughout regions that are bound by rust, wire, string, and the sheer force of human will.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 11 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Big Idea IV: Stretch & Explore
June 23 – August 26
The Big Idea IV: Stretch & Explore is an exhibition commemorating the ALMA (Avanzando Lectura y Matematicas a traves del Arte/ Advancing Literacy and Math through Art) Program, which showcases the artistic knowledge and skill of Bruce-Guadalupe Elementary and Middle School students in 3rd through 8th grades. The range of students’ ALMA experiences during the 2015-2016 school year will be on display including curriculum, information about visiting artists, images of lessons in progress, and student artworks.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $1.

Educational Workshops

Introduction to Bachata & Merengue
May 18, 19, & 24 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Bachata and Merengue are styles of social dance that derive from the Dominican Republic, and they have become among the most popular Latin dance styles performed throughout the world. Pandanza Dance Company’s Karlies Kelley will help participants find joy and identity in the music’s dynamic and upbeat rhythms. Let your feet discover new ways of moving through Bachata and Merengue! Gallery tour included.

Registration required. $8 per student.

For more information, visit the For Teachers page on

The Latino Arts Auditorium & Gallery are located in the United Community Center at 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204.

About Latino Arts, Inc.

With roots going back more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. was formally established in 1997. Since then, the organization has brought cultural awareness, artistic and educational experiences, and a diversity of Hispanic artists from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community. More information is available at

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