LGBTQ Latinxs” in Museums: Challenging Mainstream Narratives”

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
226 America's Center
Description
In this session, learn how National Museum of Mexican Art has nurtured its LGBTQ community and become an ally in its initiatives. Participants will learn how a museum can share power with its community, providing a place where Latinx LGBTQ community members have agency to tell their own stories and assert themselves in a larger narrative of gay-rights activism where they are often erased.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how a museum can position itself as a changemaker in its community.
  2. Learn how to nurture relationships with LGBTQ organizations and leaders in order to work together to create inclusive spaces.
  3. Learn about the leadership skills necessary to create transformative LGBTQ-focused programming.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Carlos Tortolero
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
President
Organization: 
National Museum of Mexican Art
Bio
Carlos Tortolero is Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago, the only Latino museum accredited by AAM. Carlos has taught at the University of Illinois, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University, and serves on the AAM board. Previously, Carlos worked in the Chicago public school system. He holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. from Chicago State University.
Presenter: 
Emmanuel Garcia
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Emmanuel Garcia is a Latinx youth mentor and community leader in Chicago. He created "Vives Q," a series of LGBTQ events aimed at encouraging intergenerational dialogue. He's served on the boards of ElevArte Community Studio and the Crossroads Fund, and co-founded the Alvarado/Garcia scholarship for the Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA), which for over 10 years has awarded two college scholarships to Latino gay, bi, queer youth.
Presenter: 
Jorge Valdivia
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Performing Arts
Organization: 
National Museum of Mexican Art
Bio
Jorge Valdivia grew up in La Villita, a Mexican-American enclave in Chicago. He founded Homofrecuencia, the country's first Spanish-language radio program to focus on LGBT issues and was one of the founding members of Queer Prom. As Performing Arts Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art he planned the Sor Juana Festival: a tribute to Mexican women. He has served on boards and councils that reflect his passion for Latino and LGBTQ issues.