In May of 2011 the Division of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts presented the first event in its series Conversaciones as part of its ¿Hablas Diseño? program. The inaugural event, Hispanic Professionals in the Arts, explored some of the visual communication challenges in the Hispanic community and how bilingual and bicultural designers and illustrators were responding. Moderated by MTV2’s Desi Sanchez, panelists include: Laura Alejo, art director at HUSH; Rafael Esquer, principal at Alfalfa Studio; Mad cartoonist Felipe Galindo (Feggo); Jessica Perilla, creative director at JPD Studio; and José Luis Ortiz Téllez, a designer, consultant and educator.
The event served as an introduction to the major themes and issues that were identified as key within the community: identity, language as a barrier/opportunity, the role of artist in the community, and the need for organized networks and business resources. One of the recurring themes of the evening was the unprecedented demand for creative talent in Hispanic media.
For future events the Division of Continuing Education is now partnering with Créate@NYDesings to continue the series and bring their two communities together. The next panel will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 pm. Space is limited, so please be sure to RSVP at eventbrite.