Call & Response Episode 2: Meet Alfonso Perez Acosta

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We’ve launched the second episode of our podcast series entitled CALL & RESPONSE. Here we have frank, open and insightful conversations with everyday innovators leading change in their communities.

CALL & RESPONSE: Episode 2 introduces Alfonso Perez Acosta, a Colombian visual artist, teacher, and Art Program Director at Sacred Heart Center in Richmond, Virginia. Initiatives of Change USA has been partnering with Sacred Heart Center and Alfonso over the course of 2019 beginning with our National Day of Racial Healing 2-day event in January called "Something's in the Water" where Alfonso completed an artist talk sharing his creative process and recent projects, a workshop entitled “Bilingual/Bicultural Drawings”, and an exhibition of multimedia works by students in the Casa Lapiz art program at Sacred Heart.

In this podcast conversation, Alfonso discusses how "drawing is a home" that has provided space for mindfulness, healing, and deeper connection to community.

Alfonso also discusses upcoming events in September and October: CALL & RESPONSE (Sat. September 21, 3-7pm @ Sacred Heart Center, 1420 McDonough St) where he will be leading art experiences with visual artist Silly Genius between bilingual and multicultural communities as a kind of "third space" of understanding, story sharing, and relationship building.

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The podcast conversation also details a special event on Oct 27-28 at Canvas (3108 Semmes Ave.) where IofC USA partners with Alfonso on Virginia's first National Immigrants Day programming. MIGRATION FLOW will be a space of drawing exhibitions, diverse dance performances, and intimate conversations about the invaluable contributions immigrants make to the U.S.

Both events are free, inclusive and open to the public to attend.

Learn more about Alfonso Perez Acosta by listening in to the full podcast.