In September of 2020, visual artist Bobby Marines, invited long-time friend Lael Martinez, to a live discussion for Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis eventually titled, “Troublesome 96: Exploring the Chicano Experience”. Using a completely organic format, inspired by art, they spoke on various issues affecting their community.
Viewers from many backgrounds tuned in from Rochester, the Twin Cities, California, and Texas. Their feedback was unanimous: this should be a series. This response, coupled with today’s climate surrounding marginalized voices, is what inspired Voces y Visiones (Voices and Visions).
With the help of an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant from Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), and a partnership with the Alliance of Chicanos, Hispanics and Latin Americans (ACHLA), Voces y Visiones is now a series of live discussions exploring Chicanx issues and perspectives. Each episode focuses on different topics (i.e. socioeconomics, mental health, criminal justice system, etc.), uses Chicanx art as the catalyst, and invites a guest speaker from various fields. Success stories are also shared periodically as a way to further inform and inspire the community.
Our mission is to speak for and with those who often go unheard and anyone interested in understanding our realities.
Welcome to the conversation. We can’t wait to hear from you.
New live episodes every second Wednesday of the month, at 6pm cst, on Zoom and Facebook!
Thank you to our sponsors
These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the MN State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.