Free Bilingual Community Concert

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Kennedy Center Citizen and Scholar Latinx Hip-Hop Artist Olmeca
First-of-its-kind Artist Residency culminates with a FREE Bilingual Concert
Open to Families & People of All Ages

Olmeca’ s powerful Hip-hop lyrics, backed by a live band featuring Latin American rhythms will get the whole family dancing during this free community performance. This in-person visit to Sarasota builds off the recent year-long “virtual” residency that launched during the pandemic, with the overall goal of bringing groups together to talk about essential topics and social issues, such as diversity, inclusion and seeing the world through a different lens. 

Olmeca is a Hip-hop artist, producer and scholar who has been featured on BBC London, Complex Magazine, Noisey, Huffington Post, NPR, Democracy Now and CNN Latino. His music has been featured on various documentaries, including PBS’ “Independence Lens,” and “Two Americans” and a documentary about immigration in Arizona. He has written music for television shows, including “Sons of Anarchy,” “CHANCE,” and “The Mayans,” and he is a teacher of underground Hip-hop in Los Angeles. Noisey Magazine calls Olmeca a “Shaman of the 21st Century".

The Van Wezel Artist residency pilot was part of a new initiative, called IDEA (inclusivity, diversity, equity and access), which is made possible due to the generous donors of the Van Wezel Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The initiative strives to teach and create with cultural appreciation in mind, believing that art can increase student empowerment, destroy negative stereotypes, promote innovation, and equip students with the necessary tools to become more aware of their own agency from a local and global perspective.

Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel

Park. Dine. Delight.

Van Wezel dining in the Grand Foyer before the show!

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