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Google Helps Us Tell Forgotten Latino Stories

When big money invests in culture, we all benefit.

Google is on to something with their new Latino Arts & Cultures in the US exhibit at the Getty in Los Angeles.

The internet giant teamed up with dozens of institutions—including the Smithsonian Latino Center and the California State Archives—to feature a large collection of important Latino figures from both the past and present. This is one of the biggest digital collections focused on Latino culture, art, and history since… ever.

Here we encounter old stories that are only now being told in full as well as contemporary artists and figures who have a lot to say about the Latino experience. You can dive deep into the lives of late Tejano musician Selena Quintanilla, baseball player Roberto Clemente, and activist Dolores Huerta.

 

Mexican Laborers
Mexican Laborers, National Archives and Records Administration,1944 Photo: Google Arts & Culture

 

You see what everyday life was like for laborers and farmworker activists in the early 20th Century.

You can also take a virtual tour of beautiful murals painted by Latino artists and take a closer look at Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe.

It seems Latino experiences are, for the first time, being formally accepted into the world of film, media, and history classes. While this Getty exhibit is just scratching the surface of their colorful and meaningful history, this first crack of the door is the beginning of what we believe are many openings into a society where everyone’s history is accessible.

Feature photo: Hiyuxa, Owner of fishes, Wiwa culture, Colombia by Antonio Briceño, 2004. Borrowed from Google Arts & Culture.

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‘Movement Art Is’ Believes Performance is the Antidote for Anger

These two guys are dancing their way into a more inclusive world.

Movement Art Is (MAI) knows that performance art is a universal language that connects folks on a plane beyond geography, origin, or background. This organization—founded by two guys who’ve been dancing since they were small—pushes the boundaries of what performance can be through classes, performances, films, and exhibitions. They call it ‘resetting the spectrum of what dance can be’, integrating educational and social impact into their movement.

MAI Co-founders Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, who have collective experience working with the likes of Madonna and the TriBeCa film festival, believe their art form is an important method of promoting empathy and starting difficult conversations.

“The whole premise behind Movement Art Is is to use dance to inspire positive change in the world,” says Boogz. “We really believe dance is not just entertainment—we believe it is a tool to break down social-economic boundaries.”

 

 

For them, dance is not only about technical mastery, it’s also about true artistic expression.

“The power of dance—what it can do, how it can unify us… it can be a tool that helps to change the world. A lot of the time when people see our work, even if you’re not a fan of dance you can relate to the narrative, the story, the message, the social issue that we’re trying to address,” says Boogz.

Boogz and Lil Buck travel the world to spread their message, including a TED performance called Honor Thy Mother—a multimedia piece in homage to our Earth—and the performance of a piece a few feet away from the US-Mexico border.

“When you have talent it becomes more than just a gift, it becomes a responsibility,” Lil Buck told Splinter News.

 

 

Feature image: Alexa Meade Art Youtube.

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