Am I or is my heritage from Latin America?
If so, who claims me (for example: “Ecuador”, “Puerto Rico”, “the Chicano community from East L.A.”, “the Aymara People”, “the Afro communities of Colombia”, "the Nuyorican community of the Bronx", etc.)?
What box do I check off on the census form?
We are aware that “Latin America” is a problematic, colonial term; when we say Latinx, we include those who identify as Afro-Latinx and who reject the term Latin America but identify as indigenous from the region that is referred to as “Latin America”.
*Our definition of professional is as defined by the Canada Council for the Arts, which is an artist who:
Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).Is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially.Has a history of public presentation or publication.
As members of the Latinx diaspora, we stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and recognize these nations recorded and unrecorded as the original caretakers of the lands on which we live and work.