Alfonso Perez Acosta
Mr. Perez Acosta is a Colombian-born artist and art educator who is deeply involved with the Latino/a community and arts and equity movement in Richmond
Alfonso at a Glance
Sacred Heart Center
Role with RVA Thrives
Co-Director of ARCA
(Art, Reconciliation, & Civic
I could describe a little bit of some challenges, especially regarding a division between community and mainly around a Latino community and an African American community that are finding even more and more differences than common ground. I think that's a main problem that I hear, at least, here, being here, working here.
Around the divisions, you can definitely think about a stronger multicultural community that could come together if you find a good way of tackling that diversity.
The other thing that I see and that I hear about is housing equity, because I just hear people talking about how the prices of their houses are going up and how much they're paying for where they're living, and their quality of life is decreasing more and more. But at the same time, it's like at least one of those situations opens up an opportunity, because around the divisions, you can definitely think about a stronger multicultural community that could come together if you find a good way of tackling that diversity and just making it work to grow. So, that's there. It's like a challenge and, at the same time, an opportunity.