Our Steering Committee

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


Latin American Women Association

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

Luisa Agathon, Program Coordinator

Website: lawanc.org

“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

Melina Monita-Pacheco – Latino New South Coordinator

Website: museumofthenewsouth.org

“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

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:

Angela Grauel – Education & Outreach Manager

Claudia Gonzalez-Griffin – Residency & Exhibition Manager

Website: mccollcenter.org

“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.”



Mint Museum

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:

Ana Lucia Divins – Latino Community Liaison

Cheryl Palmer – Director of Learning & Engagement

Rubie Britt-Height – Director of Community Relations

Website: mintmuseum.org

“The Mint Museum welcomes our deepened relationship with ArtSí and our steering committee colleagues,” says: Cheryl Palmer, 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

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

Liliana Wendroff – Chair, Department of World Languages

Bill Means – Director Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Siu Challons-Lipton – Chair Art Department

Website: queens.edu

“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.”



Ana Lucia Divins / Steering Committee Chair

Ana Lucia Divins is the Latino Community Liaison for the Mint Museum, a Singer and a Freelance Consultant offering multicultural marketing services for cultural organizations.

She has provided leadership to several artistic initiatives: Art Sí, Con A de Arte, Criss Cross Mangosauce, LLC and the Gil Project, among others. She also has extensive corporate experience in project management, communications, marketing, and business initiatives with Bank of America and Wachovia (now Wells Fargo). She led two important efforts for Crossroads Charlotte and the Community Building Initiative in 2011, developing outreach strategies and facilitating community dialogues. Divins holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Cali, Colombia. She was selected for the 2008-2010 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, part of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

For more information about Ana Lucia, or to contact her, please choose one of the following options:

Email: analucia.divins@themintmuseum.org

Website: www.analuciadivins.com

Twitter: @anadivins

Facebook: Facebook.com/anadivins