Latinx Art Programs

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is proud to share a new set of programs that will strengthen services to the regional community through Latinx arts and culture offerings.

Courtesy of a significant gift, the Ranch has developed a multi-faceted program with the goal of uniting artists and art enthusiasts around a shared interest in Latinx arts and culture. 

The programming under this initiative includes: 

  • Latinx Visiting Artists Program: two artists are chosen to work in our studios and engage with our community.
  • Teacher Training Workshop: local teachers and community leaders take mini-workshops in our studios with Latinx Visiting Artists, and learn how to apply these practices to their own educational spaces. 
  • Latinx Art Curriculum: lesson plans and units have been developed around the life, work, and artistic journey of the Latinx Visiting Artists. 
  • Community Celebration: a Hispanic Heritage celebration with music, dance, food and culture. 
  • Latinx Youth Summer Workshop Scholarships: program which invites local schools to nominate one current student to participate in an all expenses paid summer workshop.
  • More outreach programs in our Roaring Fork Valley community!

With this programming in place, we invite all members of our community to participate in and enjoy the shared experiences these gatherings provide. 

Latinx Visiting Artists

Rafael Fajardo

September 18 – October 15, 2022

Rafael Fajardo will be at the Ranch working as a Visiting Artist in the studios and participating in the Latinx Arts and Education Workshop and participating in a public lecture: Finding Your Voice: Culture and Community in Latinx Art on October 8, 2022, 4-5PM.

Visiting Artist Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required for attendance. 

Rafael Fajardo is an artist, designer, researcher and educator. Through his collaborative, SWEAT, Fajardo has been creating boundary blurring videogames as an art form since the year 2000. These games have been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. Fajardo’s research and creative projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, by the Colorado Council on the Arts, and by MTV in excess of one million dollars.

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Esteban Fajardo, Chris Gauthier Dickey, Rafael Fajardo, Migraciones in engine, 2018, screenshot by SWEAT. Screenshot taken within final executable version of Migraciones developed in Unity3D mid 2018. Image courtesy of the artists.
Rafael Fajardo, Crosser game screen. Carlos Moreno stands next to visa. Detail.

Ricky Armendariz

October 2 – October 15, 2022

Ricky Armendariz will be at the Ranch working as a Visiting Artist in the studios and participating in the Latinx Arts and Education Workshop and participating in a public lecture: Finding Your Voice: Culture and Community in Latinx Art on October 8, 2022, 4-5PM.

Visiting Artist Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required for attendance. 

Richard “Ricky” Armendariz was raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, a region that heavily influenced his artistic, aesthetic, and conceptual ideas. Images that have cultural, biographical and art historical references are carved and burned into the surface of the paintings, drawings, and wood blocks.

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Meet the Visiting Artists

Public Lecture: Finding Your Voice:
Culture and Community in Latinx Art

October 8, 2022, 4-5PM

Viewpoints and discussions of some of today’s leading voices in Latinx advocacy address cultural stewardship and how to bolster artistic excellence in the Latinx community in Colorado and beyond. Join in this timely conversation with artists and educators Rafael Fajardo,Ricky Armendariz, and Lilian Lara. The discussion will be led by Executive Director of Voces Unidas, Alex Sánchez.

Free and open to the public, registration is required.

Our collective success as a community of artists and educators depends on how we assist and cultivate the representation of Latinx artists, in both art and educational environments. This panel of Latinx artists, educators and community leaders addresses how advocacy and fostering a love of the arts is informed by Latinx culture, history and experiences. The conversation explores how these relationships impact creative communities and voices.

This panel is moderated by Alex Sanchez, the founder and President and CEO of Voces Unidas de las Montañas, the first Latino-created and Latino-led advocacy organization in the central mountain region.

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Lilian Lara, Catrina, 2021

Educator Resources

Latinx Arts and Education Workshop

October 8, 2022, 9:30AM-5PM

The Ranch is hosting a free one-day educator workshop. Local educators will meet our Latinx Visiting Artists, take a workshop with them in our studios, and walk away with a custom Latinx arts curriculum to bring back to the classroom.

If you are interested in attending the workshop or accessing the curriculum, please contact Olivia Martinez, Latinx Arts Community Leader and Children’s Program Coordinator at omartinez@andersonranch.org.

Community Gatherings

National Hispanic Heritage Celebration

September 17, 2022, 1-5PM

What an energetic and vibrant community celebration! The afternoon was filled with food, music, dancing, games and art activities all in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Delicious guacamole, chips, and tacos were served for lunch along with sweet treats for dessert paired with an amazing afternoon of music and dancing featuring the following performers:

  • Mezcla Socials Dance
  • The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico
  • Los Mocochetes
  • DJ Joeli Villa

Thank you to our partners and community for making this event such a success!

Day of the Dead Art Activity

October 29, 2022, 10:30AM-12:30PM

Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Basalt Library are teaming up to present a Day of the Dead Art Activity. Join in and create an altar with mixed media materials including paper, wood and other colorful supplies in honor of a loved one.

This community gathering is free and open to all ages. Drop by the Basalt Regional Library any time between 10:30AM-12:30PM. The event will conclude with a celebration of the altars.

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Community Outreach

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is dedicated to sharing the arts with the local community and engaging the public through a variety of outreach programs including youth and school programs, scholarships, offsite public programs and community partnerships.

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Olivia Martinez

Latinx Arts Community Leader & Children’s Coordinator

Contact Olivia for program info

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