The ArtSí Steering Committee is comprised of a group of well-known and respected local organizations that support the mission of ArtSí Charlotte. The goal of the Steering Committee is to provide strategic direction, administrative support, and programming to ArtSi Charlotte in order to advance the Latin American arts in the Charlotte metro area. This committee provides a model that includes an alliance of institutions committed to a very important mission.
Steering Committee Members 2013-2015
Dr. Michele Shaul / Steering Committee Chair
Michele Shaul received her doctorate in Latin American Literature from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a dissertation entitled Myth and Folklore in Mulata de Tal.
She currently is the Director of the Center for Latino Studies and a Professor of Spanish at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was formerly Chair of the Department of World Languages from 1989-2010. Her critical essays have been included in El sujeto femenino en escritoras hispánicas, Círculo de cultura panamericano, Selected Essays: International Conference on The Outsider, Ilustres autores guatemaltecos de los siglos XIX y XX as well as in Cien años de magia: ensayos críticos sobre la obra de Miguel Angel Asturias. Her interview with William De Paula, interpreter for the debates during the 1996 presidential and vice-presidential campaigns was published in the publication of the Carolinas Association of Translators. She collaborated with Oralia Preble-Niemi in the preparation of an entry on Miguel Angel Asturias in The Feminist Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature and her translation of the novel The Suitcases was published in 2005. Her poem“Vida cercada” appeared in Minerva (Vol. V, Number 2, septiembre-diciembre 2005). She has presented papers at numerous regional and national conferences. Michele is Co-editor of the e-journal Label me Latina/o and is involved in several art outreach projects such as ARTE LATINO NOW, an initiative to highlight Latino artists as well as Painting4Diversity, a project created by Colombian artist Edwin Gil that uses art as a vehicle to address diversity in school age children.
She also directs the Latino Studies Project which is a student/faculty research project that seeks to document the story of Latino immigration to the Charlotte region. Research interests include the use of myth and folklore in Latin American Literature, Latin American detective fiction, the expression of exile in literature as well as Latino writers in the United States.
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The Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1992 by a group of local Latinas to support college education for Latino students in Charlotte. LAWA offers mentoring and tutoring programs for school students to enhance academic and social development and prevent school dropouts. Professional development, life skills workshops and networking opportunities are offered to our community.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from LAWA:
Violeta Moser, Executive Director
“This initiative and model are a fantastic way to support the arts in our community. We believe in the power of the arts for learning and engagement processes, and since education is the center of our mission, we are proud to support the growth of ArtSí Charlotte,” says Violeta Moser, Executive Director, Latin American Women Association.
Levine Museum of the New South
The New South means people, places and a period of time — from 1865 to today. Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from the Levine Museum of the New South:
Janeen Bryant – VP, Education
Oliver Merino - Latino New South Coordinator
“Alignment with the arts can help broaden historic interpretation and offer a great window into cultural understanding,” says Emily Zimmern, President & CEO, Levine Museum of the New South. “We believe that serving ArtSí in this capacity is a win-win as we strive to foster a collaborative spirit around our Latino New South project,” says Janeen Bryant, VP of Education, Levine Museum of the New South.
McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community. Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and connect with artists through various programs including open studios, community outreaches, workshops and more.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from the McColl Center for Visual Art:
Claudia Gonzalez-Griffin – Residency & Exhibition Manager
“McColl Center for Visual Art looks forward to our continued relationship with ArtSí and the local Latino community,” says Angela Grauel, Education & Outreach Manager, McColl Center for Visual Art. “Through our commitment to ArtSí we intend to be a contributing partner to the growth of Latino arts in the Charlotte community.”
An internationally-renowned institution, The Mint Museum is dedicated to collecting, conserving, exhibiting, inspiring, publishing and protecting important works of art and design from all over the global art community. Our commitment to integrity, leadership and innovation intends to encourage not only the understanding of diverse peoples and cultures, but respect for the impact and influence they’ve had on each and every one of us.
Through our two locations, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, we hope to stimulate the senses, ignite inner passion and compel our visitors to share the things that inspire them with the world. Just as our artists do.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from the Mint Museum:
Claudia Soria – Latino Community Education Liaison
Rubie Britt-Height – Director of Community Relations
“The Mint Museum welcomes our deepened relationship with ArtSí and our steering committee colleagues,” says: Cheryl Palmer, former Director of Learning & Engagement of the Mint Museum. “Our partnership will provide wonderful opportunities to shine an even brighter spotlight on contemporary Latino arts and culture in Charlotte.”
Queens University of Charlotte is a private co-ed university in Charlotte, North Carolina, committed to liberal arts and professional studies. Queens University of Charlotte provides transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, encourage ethical living, and prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from Queens University:
Michele Shaul – Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Director, Center for Latino Studies
Bill Means – Director Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Siu Challons-Lipton – Chair Art Department
“The Center for Latino Studies, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Departments of Art and Foreign Languages at Queens University of Charlotte are proud to support ArtSí Charlotte in its mission to connect Latino artists to available resources, to strengthen Latino initiatives and eliminate barriers to empowerment,” says BillMeans, Director Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Queens University. “What a wonderful opportunity for the Charlotte community.”
LaCa Projects is a platform dedicated to the presentation, development, and promotion of Latin American art and culture within the United States. The gallery encourages cross-cultural dialogue by representing a small group of influential and thought-provoking contemporary, emerging and mid-career artists, as well as exhibiting a broader range of work by established and Master Latin American artists.
ArtSí Steering Committee representatives from LaCa Projects:
Neely Verano – Gallery Director