Latino Americans Pittsburgh is a series jointly produced by Casa San José and artist Andres Tapia-Urzua. It is made possible by a Just Arts grant from The Heinz Endowments.
The local series Latino Americans Pittsburgh is a video documentary aimed at helping to represent the Latino community in the Pittsburgh region.
At this critical moment, we consider it necessary to listen, understand, and provide visibility to the Latino community and their families who, like any other minority group, is currently living with the threat of racism and social prejudice.
The work consists of monthly video portraits featuring Latin Americans living in Pittsburgh sharing their immigrant experience in their own voice. Through each video you learn about their daily lives and witness each person’s character, hopes and dreams. New members of the community participate and introduce themselves.
Lilly Abreu is the currently featured Pittsburgh Latino American
“The goal is to build human connection, promoting social understanding, cultural knowledge, and a more inclusive society in our community,” said producer Andres Tapia-Urzua.
We believe that their fair representation can educate the public about their stories, while encouraging hope and understanding of their contribution to society. The series emphasizes the relevance of social integration and multiculturalism in our culture and also promotes a positive sense of identity within the Latino community of a more inclusive Pittsburgh region in the near future.
Casa San José is a community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency. At Casa we support and advocate for Latino communities on issues related to local integration and self-sufficiency, so that they can access legal and social services for children, youth, and families
Andres Tapia-Urzua / ATU is a filmmaker and multimedia artist practicing in video, music, performance and installation. Fusing aesthetics, theory and political issues, his work frequently explores the threshhold of identities in constant intersection between culture and technology.
Learn more about Latino Americans Pittsburgh at https://www.pittsburgh-latino.com/
New realities transform settled, rusty, values, opening new understandings of existential knowledge. That is the process that every new wave of immigrants have been through in this country. The essential dynamic force of the US is that constant process of immigration-assimilation that expands the creative consciousness of its culture. Like Frank Lloyd Wright buildings: expansion-contraction, expansion-contraction… Like giving birth, that is the rhythm of this life… Our role in this project is to expand.