We are bridging cultural divides via our Grassroots Grants Program. The Hispanic Liaison of North Carolina, a grant recipient this year, will use its grant dollars to pay local artists to give art classes for second and third generation Latino-Americans resulting in a public altar for their “Day of the Dead” celebrations.
If you don’t know about the Hispanic Liaison-it is awesome! Based in Siler City, the Hispanic Liaison works to create a thriving and just community in which Latino families—as relative newcomers to their community— are visible, welcome, and empowered participants in all aspects of society. Their three core programs include the Community Services Program, Latino Youth Leadership and Gang Prevention/Intervention Program, and Income Development Center.
We sat down with the Hispanic Liaison’s Resource Development Coordinator, the multi-talented Alex McAnarney, to pick her brain about the Hispanic Liaison, the arts, and life in Chatham County. Here’s what she had to say about…
…the importance of the arts in Hispanic Liaison’s programming: “Art is an extremely important part of our work because it shows the public the tremendous artistic wealth present in the Latino Community and the vast knowledge that can be shared.”