What More Latinx Murals in KC Mean For Representation
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What More Latinx Murals in KC Mean For Representation

For Kansas City artist Emily Alvarez, painting images of people like her and her family helps establish their place in society. Alvarez’s works are on display in several public spaces, such as the Aquatic Center locker room for the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri and another two at Bridge Space , a coworking space in Lee’s Summit. The mural she’s painting now in Overland Park represents agricultural workers. In it, two women with brown skin work the fields; one woman looks up, her yellow hat shielding her from the sun. The second looks down, her head wrapped in a blue scarf. The daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Cuba, Alvarez is one of the few Latinx muralists in Kansas City, and her work is personal to her. “At every opportunity I get, I try to elevate them and represent them and let them be seen,” she told Flatland. By “them” she means Hispanic and Latinx people. Too often though, many Latinos don’t feel seen. Isaac Tapia, an artist from Kansas City who works out of his studio space at InterUrban ArtHouse , had one word to express how he felt about not feeling represented. […]

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