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

 

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Alfonso at a Glance

Organization
Sacred Heart Center

Profession
Artist

Role with RVA Thrives
Co-Director of ARCA
(Art, Reconciliation, & Civic
Advocacy)


 
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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.

ALFONSO PEREZ

 
 
 
Rebekah Kendrick