Rosalia Weiner

Rosalia Weiner

I am an artist, activist and community leader in Charlotte, NC. My art captures the themes, colors and rich symbolism of my native home of Mexico. In 2010, I shifted the focus of my work from commercial art to art activism, after witnessing the repeated injustices and dysfunction of our immigration system. My work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum has been exhibited in venues including the McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, Levine Museum of the New South, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Leyland Gallery at Georgia College, UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery, the City of Raleigh Museum, the Latin American Center for Arts Gallery, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Mexican Cultural Institute at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. My public murals celebrate the rich history as well as the changing demographics of the South. I also use my art to document social conditions, and to raise awareness about issues that are affecting immigrant communities such as family separation, access to public education, racism and moving beyond common stereotypes.

My story, The Magic Kite, was adapted by The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and is also performed as part of my Suitcase Stories one-woman show, which was featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I have been a featured speaker for the North Carolina ASC, Creative Mornings, Johnson & Wales University, George Washington University, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

I combine my creative process with community engagement and action in a practice I call “Artivism.” I have a strong track record of successful collaboration with the ASC in community arts programming. I have worked with The Community School of the Arts, LaCa Projects, UNCC and Johnson and Wales University. I operate the Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio, a 24’ “Art Truck” that is a mobile creative space that I use to take art into communities that are underserved by cultural institutions. I have conducted dozens of artmaking workshops, impacting hundreds of participants with my art truck & the ASC’s Culture Blocks Program. My art promotes dialogue around social justice issues and community concerns, and brings together a diverse citizenry through community-based, grassroots collaboration. The murals that I am most proud of were collaborative works with the community. I love to take the history, vision and character of a community and represent it with my art. I strongly believe in the transformational power of public art and in the use of art as a connector of communities and a method of enriching societies.

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Rosalia's Upcoming Workshops

  • Ages 6 - 8

Jul 15 - 19, 2024
9AM - 3PM

The Art of Mexico

Rosalia Weiner

Tuition $575
Code K0708-24

In this culturally rich workshop, students create and design art projects based on traditional Mexican folk arts including pottery, weaving, and paper crafts. While learning some basic Spanish, students look at various examples of artwork from regions in Mexico and consider their historic significance. Students then create their own artworks inspired by whimsical wooden toys called “alejibres,” “hojalata” or tin artwork, the cut paper technique of “papel picado,” plus ceramics and more! On Friday there is a celebration with a piñata for friends and families to enjoy.

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