Why this is Important


Why is this important?

51.9 Millon Hispanics lived in the US in 2011...

The Hispanic population in the United States has been growing fast in the last 10 years. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau there were 51,927,000 people of Hispanic origin living in the US in 2011, an increase of 48% from the year 2000. Those 51.9 million represented 17% of the total U.S. population.

State and County Databases

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau there were 51,927,000 people of Hispanic origin living in the US in 2011, an increase of 48% from the year 2000. Those 51.9 million represented 17% of the total U.S. population.

NC Hispanic or Latino Population

If we take a closer look at the number for the state of North Carolina, we find that North Carolina was home to 828,000 people of Hispanic origin in 2011, or 9% of the state’s total population (1.6% of the total U.S. Hispanic population).

Looking at the map of the state of North Carolina, we can see that the countries with the largest Hispanic populations include Duplin, Samson, Lee, Montgomery, Greene, among others. But Mecklenburg County does not stay behind in its share of Hispanic population. The county ranks 10th with a Latino population of 12% as a share of the total country population.

Finally, we arrive to our destination, the city of Charlotte. The city of Charlotte, not usually thought of as a city with a large Hispanic population, is actually where the Hispanic population is growing faster than in any other region of the United States. Between the years 2000 and 2013 the Hispanic population in Charlotte grew 168%, according to American global information and measuring company Nielsen. The Hispanic or Latino group currently makes up about 13% of Charlotte’s population.

Latino Arts in Charlotte

Like in any other population group, the Latino group is comprised by people with different trades and talents. Among those we find a very selective group of talented individuals who we refer to as artists. And there are many of them in the city. From visual artists, to performers, writers, poets, and musicians. From professionally trained artists to artists that pursue their craft in a self-trained manner.

Their talents are as diverse as the countries they come from. Bringing part of the culture they grew up with in their home countries and combining it with the new cultural elements that surround them here in Charlotte and other parts of the United States, they are able to create art that is in its essence different from the local art, but that shares the same passion for beauty and expression.


Early Days

ArtSí Charlotte was created in 2009, when the North Carolina Arts Council connected key advocates from various Latino artists and groups in our county into one cohesive group. Representatives from the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, McColl Center for Visual Art, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Education Institute, Latin American Coalition, the Latin American Women’s Association and several community leaders shared a common voice in this project.

ArtSí Charlotte has drawn interest from over 200 names of artists who wish to be part of this initiative. Since 2010, the initiative has presented monthly experiences which includes the very successful signature event Con A de Arte – A is for Art showcasing Latino arts. Yearly, this event has drawn the attendance of over 400 individuals from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

Effective January 1, 2013, ArtSí’s announced the formation of a new steering committee to provide strategic direction, administrative support and programming to advance Latin American arts in the metro area. The new strategic partners include: Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA), McColl Center for Visual Art, Queens University (Center for Latino Studies, Department of Art, Department of Foreign Languages and Office of Diversity & Inclusion), Levine Museum of the New South and The Mint Museum .Click here for more information about our Steering Committee visit.

In addition to the steering committee, the community engagement process of ArtSí Charlotte is lead by a group of volunteer artists and community leaders. Click here for more information about our team of ArtSí Community Leaders.


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