Latino/a Imaginary, a multi-venue collaboration, was presented in the spring of 2011 and featured visual, literary and performing arts programs February through May with 516 ARTS' partnering organizations: the Albuquerque Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Outpost Performance Space, Tamarind Institute and UNM College of Fine Arts & Zimmerman Library. The full guide to the Latino/a Imaginary project is published by 516 ARTS. The project examined the crossing of disciplines with programs spanning visual art, poetry, music and dance through exhibitions, talks, workshops, readings and performances. All of the arts are interconnected, and this cross-pollination among modes of artistic expression provides fertile ground for innovation and the creation of new forms of expression around cultural heritage and contemporary life.
The central exhibition at 516 ARTS, Latino/a Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word & Image, curated by Dr. Holly Barnet-Sanchez, included renowned guest artists Pepón Osorio and Amalia Mesa-Bains. This exhibition was inspired by the bi-regional conference titled Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialogue on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word, held first in New Jersey at Rutgers University and in Albuquerque hosted by the University of New Mexico (College of Arts & Sciences and College of Fine Arts) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The conference was developed by a partnership between the University of New Mexico, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Rutgers University and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was held in Albuquerque April 14-16. For information on this past conference, call 505-277-0564 or visit the UNM College of Fine Arts.