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Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 PM
45-50 30th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

High-end products – fashion, luxury architecture, sleek furniture and even sleeker devices – have colonized the public’s definition of design. To many “design” has become synonymous with objects of consumer desire and the communication of these values through advertising and media.

In past talks of our series CONVERSACIONES we have examined how - in the shift from minority to majority - Latino communities across the United States are being repositioned and courted. An unprecedented increase in purchasing power and electoral influence have made Latinos key players in the agendas of both commerce and politics – often with design as mediator.

In this panel discussion we will explore a different side to “design”, one in which Latino creative professionals have had to re-evaluate its role and purpose in an increasingly politicized environment. Our speakers - architects, artists, designers and educators - will present case studies in which design has been used to negotiate the relationship between politics, commerce and the Latino community - reflecting a growing trend in design process and design thinking for social innovation.

Our special speakers include Cynthia Lawson and Quilian Riano.  Stay tuned for more details.

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CONVERSACIONES: Latinos in Creative Industries

All events are free, and open to the general public.

The summer of 2011 marked the inaugural event of a series of lectures and panel discussions featuring some of New York's most accomplished Latino creative professionals. The series explores some of the visual communication challenges and opportunities in this growing market and has covered topics such as Latinos in social media, app development and activism, and trend forecasting in an incresingly multi-cultural and globalised world. Previous speakers have included Jazmin Chavez (Latino Justice PRLDEF), Sem Devillart (Popular Operations), Rafael Esquer (Alfalfa Studio), Javier Fuentes (The Vidal Partnership), Felipe Galindo (illustrator and cartoonist), Julissa Gutierrez (NALEO), Ed Morales (author and journalist), Layla Revis (Ogilvy Worldwide), Nando Rodriguez (blogger and online personality) and Desi Sanchez (MTV2).


The series is co-sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education at the School of VISUAL ARTS and Créate@NYDesigns.

Contact Us

For questions or more details on events - past, present and future - please contact:

Paloma Crousillat

Program Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education

English: 212.592.2057/Spanish: 212.592.2998

Email: pcrousillat@sva.edu

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