The original vision for Casa Azul of Greensboro (CA) was developed in 2010 by community leader Kathy Hinshaw and Mexican artist Mariana Rodríguez-Pardy.  They gathered a group of Hispanic artists, professionals, and arts enthusiasts in Greensboro to share their ideas and to work together to promote Latin-American art and culture. Their vision unfolded in the mission of the organization: “to provide the environment and resources for creative expression of Latino culture in our community through projects and partnerships.”

The name Casa Azul was inspired by the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City, where they welcomed artists and intellectuals from all over the world, providing a space for the exchange of ideas and cultural expression. Casa Azul seeks to provide this “space” metaphorically to engender a similar atmosphere in the greater Greensboro area.

During the late summer of 2010, ArtsGreensboro, formerly the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (UAC), expressed interest in how to best support these efforts, which led to discussions about UAC serving in the capacity as fiscal sponsor for CA. In subsequent months, UAC proposed a fiscal sponsorship model and agreement. Monthly meetings through the winter of 2010 – 11 resulted in a “Fiscal Management and Sponsorship” agreement between UAC and CA, and on March 22, 2011, the first organizational meeting of CA’s Advisory Board, comprised of 11 Latino artists and professionals, together with two advisors and ex-officio representation from UAC took place.

Casa Azul has received a grant from HIP Hispanic in Philanthropy since 2011 for capacity building and leadership development.  Thanks to the financial support of HIP, the guidance of ArtsGreensboro, and all our partners and volunteers Casa Azul has become an established organization. In its short existence, the Casa Azul brand has become well-known in Greensboro and the Triad area.

In May, 2016 Casa Azul took the next step in becoming an independent organization as it filed its Articles of Incorporation and requested its tax-exempt status.  Casa Azul of Greensboro received its tax-exempt status as a 501 (c) 3 organization on June 30th of 2016.

MISSION: To provide the environment and resources for creative expression of Latino culture in our local community through projects and partnerships.

PROGRAMS:

2011

  • Grand Opening Art Exhibit and Reception in Studio B, during the month of June
  • Día de los Muertos held in November. This has become an annual signature event.

2012

  • Latin Roots Art Exhibit at Earthworks
  • A performance by the Bronx Horns in partnership with the United Arts Council
  • Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros in partnership with the Central Library and featuring Mexican illustrator Marco Almada
  • Día de los Muertos

2013

  • Noche[1] de Arte y Tango” featuring Argentinian artist Fernanda Piamoniti, The Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble, and tango dancers to celebrate the Argentinian culture
  • Voces Latinas at Artistika
  • Lincoln Financial Group Art Exhibit for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Authors Event featuring Luis Urrea and Richard Blanco (with Greensboro Public Library).
  • Día de los Muertos

2014

  • Noche Caribeña at Studio B
  • Artist Talk and Book Signing with Noé Katz with Greenhill Art Gallery
  • Presentation of the documentary Tierra Brillante with the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh
  • Día de los niños/Día de los libros with the Greensboro Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos

2015

  • Noche Andina
  • Día de los muertos

2016

  • An Evening with Don Quixote, in celebration of the 400 years of Don Quijote, held at Scuppernog Books. This event was part of the Quixote Festival, a state wide festival celebrating the 400 years of Don Quijote.
  • Round-Table Discussion with Latino Artists as part of the Pan-American art exhibit, Weatherspoon Art Museum, March 3rd. Artists included Monica Weber (Mexico), Victoria Morales (Chile) and Socorro Hernández-Hinek (México)
  • Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros with the Greensboro Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos

Most Casa Azul events are free and open to the public.  Exceptions are the “Noche” events that have an entrance fee and the Voces Latinas (2013) or Fundraising events.

Recognitions:

In its short existence, the Casa Azul brand has become well-known in Greensboro and the Triad area. CA is recognized in the community and receives very positive reviews from the media and program participants alike.

2014 Casa Azul received the “Latino Diamante Award” in the Art and Culture category to recognize CA significant contributions to the Latino community in North Carolina.  Awarded by Diamante, INC.

2015 Triad City Beat chose “Noche Caribeña” as the number 1 cultural event covered by the Triad City Beat in 2014.

2015 “Arts Awareness Contest” organized by WFDD. Casa Azul won 2nd place among 44 arts related organizations from around the world and received free advertisement for the complete year.  The contest was based on the audience voting for their favorite art organization.

 

[1] “Noche” is Casa Azul’s 2nd signature event. A Noche highlights the art and culture of a specific region of Latin America.

COLLABORATORS AND PARTNERS:

ArtsGreensboro
Hispanic in Philanthropy
Mexican Consulate of Raleigh
Que Pasa Noticias
Greensboro Public Library
205 Collaborative
Greenhill Gallery
Artistika
Earthworks gallery
Scuppernong Books
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Greensboro Children’s Museum

PRESS:

CA events have been featured in the following media outlets:

GCTV
Greensboro Daily
Greensboro News and Record
La Noticia Newspaper
O”Henry Magazine
Que Pasa Newspaper
Time Warner Cable News
Triad City Beat
WFDD
WGHP News