Yanga: Path to Freedom in the Americas

Ayde El Negro Yanga

The upcoming exhibition will break ground introducing new and existing materials in a direct and purposeful, bilingual educational experience using all five senses. Visitors will leave with a powerful and thoughtful overview of Gaspar Yanga’s role as a liberator and the slave trade experience in the Americas including examples of original tools used to punish. In addition, the exhibition highlights the often-neglected story of the Mascogos, who took the Southern route of the unofficial Underground Railroad to escape slavery in the United States to found the desert town of Nacimiento de los Negros (Birth of the Negros) in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.

This exhibition, curated by Jorge Baldor and Latino Arts Project in collaboration with the African American Museum of Dallas, will include commissioned and collected Folk Art, interactive visual displays, sounds of African drums and videos of Afro-Mexican festivals and original dances.

Both in-person and virtual bilingual tours are available for educational programs. Individuals and groups have the opportunity to host private events in a space enriched with a fine arts aesthetic.

The exhibition welcomes the community by offering free admission. It is scheduled from April 7, 2022 – October 16, 2022 at the African American Museum of Dallas, located in Fair Park, at 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210.




Unaccompanied Minors in the Immigration Crisis

World Premiere of the play Ursula and post-show panel discussing the immigration crisis from the lens of Central America, Mexico and the U.S.

About the Collaboration:

Produced by CaraMia Theatre and Latino Arts Project, The Latino Center for Leadership Development is proud to present the world-premiere of Ursula and post-show panel discussing the immigration crisis from the lens of Central America, Mexico, and the U.S.

Our Speakers

Dr. Rigoberta Menchu
Nobel Prize Laureate for her struggle for social justice

Dr. Rick Halperin
Director, Human Rights Education Program, Southern Methodist University

Susana Guerra

Susana Guerra
Expert in US-Mexico Relations and Immigration

Daniel Blue Tyx
Journalist and Author of Angry Tías: Cruelty and Compassion on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Dr. Carmen Gabriela Ruiz Serrano
Professor, National School of Social Work at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya
Educational Consultant

Afro-Mexican Celebration:
A Shared Cultural Journey

February 6, 2020

About the Celebration

Latino Arts Project was proud to present an artistic performance celebrating Afro-Mexican culture during Black History Month. The performance benefited After8toEducate and promoted unity by honoring the art, history, and ancestry of the combined African and Mexican cultures.

Attendees experienced the performance of world-renowned entertainer, Alejandra Robles, spoken word poetry with local youth, dance with traditional masks from Mexico and Afro-Mexican art & fashion.

BETSABEÉ ROMERO: An Altar in Their Memory / Un Altar en Su Memoria

October 22 – November 24, 2019 (Closed)

Traditional Día de Muertos ofrendas, or altars, are one of the most important collective and cultural celebrations still in practice in Mexico, and Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Mexico working with the traditional elements and rituals of Day of the Dead altars while interpreting these traditions within a contemporary perspective.

For more than twenty years, Betsabeé Romero’s work has been involved in the research and production of contemporary ofrendas. Romero’s installations typically combine folk traditions of metal and paper art with contemporary social concerns (including immigration, gun violence and other social conditions within Mexico and the world).

Romero’s work has been displayed on five continents, with more than 100 individual exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have been held at the British Museum in London; the Mega Altar at the Mexico City’s Zocalo; le Grand Palais in Paris; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Rubin Center in El Paso, TX; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Neuberger Museum in Harrison, NY; the Nelson & Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO; the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City; the Recoleta Esplanade in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Museo Casa Azul Frida Kahlo, among others.

While the exhibit centers around the Día de Muertos theme, it is also an homage to those deceased as a result of gun violence, as well as migrants who have died crossing the US-Mexico border.

“Por los duelos que no paran y que hay que acompañar

Por las muertes próximas, pero también por las distantes y anónimas

Por los que no hemos encontrado y merecen nuestro abrazo

Un altar en su memoria”  B.R.

Exhibition Sponsors
Betsabeé Romero: An Altar in their Memory

Mexican Modern Sculpture:
A Study of the Artists

May 5 – Sep. 22, 2019 (Closed)

About the Exhibition

This exhibition illustrated the aesthetics movement in Mexico, known as Escuela Mexicana de Escultura or Mexican School of Sculpture. These 9 featured artists are clearly positioned within the historical context of the Post-Revolution era in Mexico after 1920. It is focused on the revaluation and the exaltation of being Mexican; the nationalistic spirit of that time, and the ideals of the Revolution that both influenced and was influenced by the art. Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists has been organized by the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City with the support of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura and the Secretaría de Cultura of Mexico and Latino Arts Project is proud to be the only US venue.

Curated by art scholar María Estela Duarte, one of the greatest authorities in Mexican sculpture, this exhibition is the culmination of 14 years searching for previously undiscovered pieces and of academic research to create the most comprehensive look to date at these 9 artists, who reached their pinnacle of fame during the 1920’s – 1950’s and then were lost to history. Visitors will observe how each artist approached volume, using sculpture, and the influence of Mesoamerican cultures. Additionally, the way they dealt with identity and historical and social impact, such as family – particularly mother/motherland figure, education, history, politics and with the European avant-garde movements, like Art Deco.

About the Artists

This exquisite group exhibit includes more than 90 sculptures and numismatics plus several photographs and other documents of the 9 artists and it highlights the 5 regions where the artist were born and worked: Guanajuato, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Puebla and Mexico City:

Manuel Centurión (1883 – 1952)

Fidias Elizondo (1891 – 1979)

Guillermo Toussaint (1892 – 1965)

Juan Leonardo Cordero (1896 – 1960)

Carmen Carrillo de Antúnez (1900 – 1982)

Abraham Jiménez López (1901 – ca. 1988)

José L. Ruiz (1903 – 1981)

Isaías Cervantes Rodríguez (1903 – 1982)

Alberto de la Vega (1923 – 1969)