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Faces Behind LCAC with Dalia Dorta

February 12, 2019

 

 

Who are you?

I am from Maracay, Venezuela. I moved to the U.S. in 2009 to pursue a Ph.D. but due to the current regime’s persecution, my family and I made Colorado home. After living in Colorado for the past 10 years, I have become an advocate, mover, and shaker in the Latino communities, working with, engaging and mobilizing the under-represented, starting with kids in Middle and High Schools to whole families along the Colorado Front Range. I am a business owner; NeocomPromo is a marketing and research firm focusing on the Latino community. I currently serve as Environment for the Americas liaison to Latino communities in the US and Latin America and manage the Latino Heritage Internship Program. From 2013-2019 I was an appointed Official to Boulder County Commissioners Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee. I have also served on the board of the Latino Task Force and the Americas Latino Eco Festival. I have a BS in Civil Engineering, BA Education, and an MBA.

 

What cultural impact have you had in your community?

I believe art influences society by changing opinions, understanding values and translating experiences across regions and time. Art provides a collective memory through paintings, sculptures, music, literature, etc. From my work in the community, I have always tried to convey our own cultural language as shown in Latino America. I helped to organize the Endless Transformations exhibit at RedLine, the art exhibitions presented during the America Latino Eco Festival Boulder, and the art workshop promoted through the Latino Youth Leadership Conference, among others.

 

What are you looking forward to the most about the future of LCAC?

What I look forward the most is the educational component. How it will open the eyes of all Denverites to the richness of Latino American cultures, from language to literature and fine art to music.

 

Why is it vital for LCAC to exist?

LCAC it is vital for the community as it reunites and becomes a center for all Latino American cultures living in Colorado. There are many initiatives, big and small, that approach Latino American expressions of art from one perspective or country or region. However, the LCAC could make a difference by integrating the many cultures, expressions, mediums, and histories that make the Latino American cultures as powerful and rich as they are.

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