‘Inclusivity’ celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The “Inclusivity: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month exhibit coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15.

ST. PETERSBURG – Creative Clay’s September virtual and in-person exhibit, “Inclusivity: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month,” features artwork by Member Artists Ali V., Carla L. and Marcus S.

The exhibit coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. With this exhibit, which features art from Hispanic and Latino member artists, Creative Clay joins the following institutions in paying tribute to Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the United States and society:

  • The Library of Congress
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Park Service
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“The voices of Creative Clay’s Hispanic and Latino artists speak to us through their art and may be viewed in our newest exhibit, “Inclusivity: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, said Jody Bikoff, director of Exhibitions at Creative Clay.

“The three featured artists’ narratives emerge through their artwork. Ali V. creates vibrant paintings connecting her visions with ancient Mayan designs. Carla L. paints stories of her life in Venezuela, New York, and Florida. Marcus S. expresses his view of the world through figurative drawings in colored pencil,” she said.

The theme of “inclusivity” was inspired by this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month national theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Bikoff curated this exhibit to speak to that theme specifically.

“The artists’ authentic and personal stories as told through their art inform the public of the importance of their culture and inclusion in their community and the world,” Bikoff said.

“Inclusivity” may be viewed at www.creativeclay.org. Choose the “Gallery” tab. Beginning Sept. 15, this exhibit may be seen in person at Creative Clay’s Good Folk Gallery, Monday-Friday, 9-4 p.m.

About Creative Clay

Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives by providing expressive, educational, and vocational experiences in the arts.

Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 adult artists with neuro-differences each week. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as Artlink employment program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness outreach program, and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages and abilities are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work.

Learn more about Creative Clay, its vision of equality through art, and its programs at www.creativeclay.org. Like Creative Clay on Facebook, follow on Instagram @creativeclaystpete; follow on Twitter @creativeclay and on LinkedIn.

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