SpanicArts is an organization that gives support, creates connections, facilitates resources and provides a platform to Hispanic artists or artists that are inspired by the Hispanic culture, to express their creativity with passion and contribute to the artistic growth of the city and their own communities.
"A world where artists from all backgrounds, inspired by the Hispanic Culture, are able to engage in the art community, exhibit their artwork and gain recognition by the communities at large."
Milena Vasquez, Fredy Rivas, Lily Sigie
SpanicArts is a non-profit art organization founded in 2018 by Latin-American artists Lily Sigie, Fredy Rivas and Milena Vasquez. Through a shared purpose of developing the Hispanic artistic community in the city, they created SpanicArts to give support to Hispanic artists living in Calgary.
Like most immigrants, Lily, Fredy and Milena struggled with a cultural shock when arriving to Canada. Facing a new reality in a different country, discovering diverse cultures, breaking down language barriers, and adapting to the fast pace of the city, encouraged them to create a community for those who need support for developing their artistic career.
It is worthwhile to mention that SpanicArts, not only focuses on Hispanic artists but would also like to engage people who are interested in Hispanic culture and art. The organization aims to build a community of like-minded individuals and contribute to the cultural growth of Calgary.
Since 2018 SpanicArts has partnered with the Colombian Consulate and Grand Entertainment, to organize, collaborate and develop diverse plays for children and adults. As well as curating and assisting in several exhibitions such as the Latin-American Art Festival organized by Casa Mexico.