Author: Samuel Gerweck
Diamante Arts and Cultural Center celebrated 25 years of service last month. Its mission is the preservation, development, and promotion of the culture, heritage, and artistic expressions of the diverse Latino and Hispanic community of our state. Based in Raleigh, the organization is the oldest of its kind in North Carolina.
We spoke with Lizette Cruz Watko, Diamante’s founder and executive director, and Peter Marin, a teaching artist and Diamante's curator of exhibitions, about the significance of this anniversary, the important work that Diamante does for its community, and what we can expect from the organization in the future.
Diamante recently launched the Latino Artists Database to collect information on Latino and Hispanic artists in North Carolina that can be used to build and share opportunities for these artists. You can learn more about the database and submit your own information at https://bit.ly/Diamante-database.
Congratulations to Diamante on this significant milestone. Here’s to many more!
Samuel Gerweck is the special programs coordinator and content strategist for the North Carolina Arts Council. Before joining the North Carolina Arts Council in this role, he was a key team member on the Come Hear North Carolina initiative and the 2019 Year of Music, serving as a content contributor, contract supervisor, and program facilitator. Trained in vocal performance and music theory, he focuses not only on highlighting the great variety of art in this state but also in understanding the people, places, and circumstances that influence its creation.