La Sala: Latino/a/x Artists’ Network, a volunteer collective of artists and advocates for Latino/a/x arts, announces the opening of La Cocina, a Seattle Art Fair satellite exhibit and month long Latinx Artists’ Salon in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Opening on First Thursday, August 4, 2016, La Cocina will serve as a gallery, theatre, presentation space, and arts incubator for some of Puget Sound’s most dynamic Latino/a/x artists.
“La Cocina” (the kitchen) is a place where people congregate to share the latest news and delight in the aromas of both age-old recipes and new culinary creations. A space that is intensely social and expressive, La Cocina offers visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, writers, and poets the opportunity to create and present new art to Seattle audiences.
About the La Cocina Project
Why La Cocina? With the past few decades seeing an increase among Latinos in Washington State, a critical mass of Latina/o/x artists are generating new work, contributing to community development and advancing civic and artistic dialogue. Yet, with Latinos making massive contributions to the economy and social fabric of the Northwest, too much of popular imagery revolves around the one-dimensional portrayal of Latinos in popular media and politics.
With an audacious mixture of ingredients and ideas worthy of any kitchen, La Cocina represents a common space among artists diverse in age, gender, national origin and identity – but unified in their affiliation to the Latin American diaspora. From first generation dancers hailing from Mexico and Venezuela, to musicians from Peru and Argentina and third generation American Chicano visual artists, La Cocina challenges Latina/o/x artists to connect with each other and the larger community.