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Redefining What It Means To Be ‘American’ Through Art


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Painting by Alessandro Ciccarelli on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s  ‘Vistas del Sur’ exhibit.


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Today, more than ever, people are asking what it means to be American. Demographics are ever changing and cultures are contiguous and commingling. In response, the art world has begun exploring this cultural shift.

With her newest exhibit: “Vistas del Sur,” the director at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Min Jung Kim, is exploring what it means to be “American” by examining and broadening the definition of “American art.”

“We will look back historically and bring more contemporary American art in exhibitions touching on the notion ...

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A Participant’s Perspective: “A Sense Of Self” Gained Through Arte Inc’s Trip To Puerto Rico

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Growing up in Connecticut and being Puerto Rican, I never really knew much about the “motherland,” as my grandparents would call it. They would say things like “It’s a beautiful place” and “It’s very hot!”, but they never actually described what Puerto Rico was socially or culturally.   They would talk about family and the past, but I never really got to know more. This past summer I had the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico. When Mr. Dave & Mr. Dan (creators of Arte Inc., the SLATE program and mentors) told me about this trip, I did not hesitate to accept. I had absolutely no clue ...

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Creator Of ‘La Borinqueña,’ First Hispanic Superhero: We Needed A Symbol More Than Ever

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In case you didn’t know, Hispanics now have their very own superhero – she is a mighty Latina come all the way from the Isla del Encanto.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican himself, vividly recalls the response from young girls and boys when they saw him and his brand new creation, La Borinqueña, walking up Fifth Avenue during this summer’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

It was a character that was proud to be Puerto Rican. It was a character emblazoned with a costume that was screaming patriotism.

– Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

He said the “little brown and black little girls and boys” threw their arms up because they wanted to ...

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