New program to merge art and research

Latino Cultural Arts Center hopes to 'bring theory back to the people'


The Latino Cultural Arts Center is launching a new residence program that merges art and research.

The goal of the new program, which is called Popul/Arte: Merging Art, Culture and Theory, is to bring higher education to the public through the creative arts at no cost to anyone who would like to participate, states a news release.

“Academia can give people the tools to lift their communities through knowledge, creativity, art and innovation. However, it is inaccessible financially and mostly reluctant to communicate clearly with non-specialist audiences. Popul/Arte seeks to change that by bringing theory back to the people,” states the news release.

Popul/Arte takes place May 18-June 12. For each of those weeks, Popul/Arte will consist of two workshops — one lecture and one art workshop — will be offered virtually. The overarching theme for the lectures and art workshops together is Peace and Conflict in Latin America: Violence, Resistance and Social Justice.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about everyday artivism and grassroots organizing to institutional and international advocacy, states the news release.

The lectures will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday for the duration of the program. Lectures will be presented by Michael Wilson-Becerril, Ph.D., of Mexico City, Mexico, who will “explore decolonial approaches to peace, conflict and environmental justice,” states a news release. He will present a different topic each week.

The art workshops will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. each Saturday. Five artists part of a Negr á frica, will lead the workshops. Negr á frica is a Brazilian artist collective, and the artists are Mayara Smith, Camila Parreiras, Dailey Gonçalves, Jéssica Goés and Leticia Moreno. Their art is focused on investigating identity, race and their experiences as Black women. The specialize in a variety of mediums that include comics, photography, painting, drawing and poetry, states a news release. Attendees will learn “Brazlian concepts of making art with resources around you to amplify your creative expression and voice,” states the news release.

Popul/Arte will culminate in a public presentation of a co-created art project that will live in the Latino Cultural Arts Center’s library.

Everybody is welcome to participate in Popul/Arte, and it is free for anyone to attend. All materials will be available online to the widest audience possible through free and engaging multimedia, states the news release.

Registration is now open, and can be done online at

The Latino Cultural Arts Center is a Denver-based nonprofit. To learn more, visit

Popul/Arte Workshop Schedule

Week 1

May 18: Lecture — Imagining Latin America

May 22: Art workshop — Seeing Through Your Window

Week 2

May 25: Lecture — Violence, Colonialism, and Militarism

May 29: Art workshop — Fanzine

Week 3

June 1: Lecture — Resisting Violence and Organizing Peace

June 5: Art workshop — Improvised Art Collage

Week 4

June 8: Lecture — Environmental Crisis and Decolonial Futures

June 12: Art workshop — Eco-Painting


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