The Chicano Humanities and Art Council (CHAC), 222 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, will host The Next Generation-Youth In the Arts, an art show dedicated to emerging young artist Jan. 4-29.
The shows’ theme celebrates the contributions of youth to preserving and sustaining the 40-year legacy of the CHAC art community. The Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) was founded in 1978 by a group of visual and performing artists. The organization was established as a place where Chicano/Latino artists were provided with a venue to explore visual, and performance art and promote, and preserve the Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts. The next exhibition is a statement regarding the future of the gallery as the founders pass the baton.
“The time is now, the new wave of youth has made their presence in the arts as we know it. Emerging artists have set the stage for creativity in the new era combining the wisdom of the elders and visions of the future. Our youth hold the key to maintaining our most beloved traditions and carrying them into a new day- the future.”
The Next Generation- Youth In the Arts is a collaborative effort between Metropolitan State University of Denver Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH) Cultural Expression Schools (including Abraham Lincoln High School, Annunciation Catholic School, G. I. Forum Mile High Chapter, Hinkley High School, North High School, Sidney Nebraska High, Thornton High School, and Silver Hills Middle School and others), local youth artist and other local schools in tribute of youth and art.
Events scheduled: 1st Friday Premiere: January 4th, 5pm-9pm with DJ Mo and 3rd Friday Showcase: January 18th, 5pm-9pm, (Open Mic for Spoken-Word Poetry Available at 3rd Friday Showcase).
“This is an extremely unique art show” says Arlette Lucero artist in residence with JTOH program. “Starting in September we began sending a wonderful team of 15 MSU Denver mentors into schools to work with students on issues of identity as related to scared sites and sacred foods as part of our heritage. The resulting murals will be a highlight of the show.”
Jay Jaramillo the show’s curator, JTOH alumni, and second generation CHAC artist (son of artist Jerry Jaramillo, one of the founding members of CHAC) added “This kick off celebration is just the beginning of a whole month long celebration to really express the talent and power behind CHAC’s success. It is through our youth we sustain our legacy of creative energy at CHAC.”
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