CreArte Latino announces a new informational series called “Nuestra Comunidad” (Our Community). The program, which starts on May 17, features a series of monthly presentations and community dialogues concerning topics of interest to the local Latinx community. The program is facilitated by Claudia Lozano, a prize-winning poet and psychotherapist. “Nuestra Comunidad” was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Gould Family Trust Foundation at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is also a sponsor of the program. “Nuestra Comunidad” will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., from May through December. Admission is $5 per session. For more information, visit www.creartelatino.org or call 941-732-7191.
“CreArte Latino is a meeting place for the Latinx/Hispanic community and informing our patrons about community resources available to them is part of our mission to educate and serve,” says Carol Hartz, CreArte’s executive director.
According to Hartz, speakers for the series will include representatives from local nonprofits and civic and governmental agencies. Each session will be followed by a Q&A in Spanish.
Hartz explains that the program will launch with a presentation from Healthy Families and Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). She adds that the CreArte team is deeply grateful for the support of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
“Conversations with native Spanish speakers about our local area strengthens connections with the larger community and better orients new community arrivals,” says Hartz. “We’re honored that both Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota recognize the importance of programs like this.”
Claudia Lozano is a prize-winning poet who alternates her interest in literature with her career as a psychotherapist with the local nonprofit Step Up Suncoast. Her work has been recognized in Miami, West Palm Beach and Broward and Palm Beach counties. Lozano joined CreArte Latino four years ago and facilitates its popular online Amigos Book Club that brings together Spanish-speaking adults interested in reading and discussing Latinx/Hispanic books.
For more information about CreArte Latino Cultural Center, visit www.creartelatino.org or CreArte Latino on Facebook or call 941-732-7191.