January 6, 2018 through Monday, December 31, 2018
Over the last 25 years, the South has emerged as the nation’s most vibrant area of Latino growth, with Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta among cities topping Nielsen’s list of metro areas with the fastest Latino population growth nationwide.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South explores the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos.
¡NUEVOlution! examines this historic change by sharing powerful, personal stories behind the statistics. Encuentros, a Spanish word with multilayered meanings including encountering, discovering, confronting, coming together, and growing, is the organizing principle of ¡NUEVOlution!
Nuevolution is a Spanglish mash-up of words—nuevo, meaning new in Spanish, and evolution, meaning growth and development in English. Together they suggest transformational change.
Through videos, interactive displays and original artworks, the exhibition considers the complex issue of identity and historic tensions accompanying immigration. It looks at how music and culinary norms are influenced by blending cultures, and how in–migration is breathing new life into declining Southern towns, not just burgeoning cities such as Atlanta.
Developed by Charlotte's Levine Museum of the New South in collaboration with the Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the exhibition aims to engage Latinos of many culturally rich backgrounds together with non–Latinos. Its intention is to serve as a catalyst for personal reflection, cross-cultural interaction, and community engagement.
The Atlanta History Center has partnered with artsATL.com to select artists whose original creations will provide a window into Latino expression and life in Atlanta today.
The History Center also will present programming over the run of the exhibition, including artist talks, family-centered storytelling and arts workshops.