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Consuelo Cruz invita a la comunidad a participar en las artes

La nativa de Kansas City y empleada de la ciudad Consuelo Cruz creció en la zona de Westside y es amante de las artes y la cultura.
Ese amor, además de su participación en su comunidad a una edad temprana, le llevó a elegir una carrera en las artes.
“Yo participaba desde niña”, dijo Cruz. “Todo el mundo estaba involucrado en (las) artes, ya sea por música, dibujo (o el) arte culinario. Es algo que experimenté cuando era joven, así que cuando salí de la comunidad a la escuela secundaria y la universidad, seguía participando como voluntaria. Pero en 2004, fue cuando hice un cambio de carrera y decidí enfocarme en el arte”.
Cruz, licenciada en marketing y español, y con una maestría en lenguas románicas, trabaja como coordinadora de mercadotecnia para la Oficina de Servicios Creativos Culturales de Kansas City.
A través de su trabajo, promueve programas e iniciativas de varias comunidades en Kansas City, incluyendo a la comunidad latina. También promueve organizaciones de arte y artistas.
“Uno de los programas (con los que estamos involucrados) -que probablemente es el más grande- es el Neighborhood Trust Development Fund”, dijo. “Logramos ese programa. Y en el programa, tenemos eventos y actividades que suceden por toda la ciudad, así que trabajo para promover esas oportunidades. Hay diferentes comunidades involucradas, incluyendo la comunidad hispana; trabajamos con el Centro de Guadalupe y la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Gran Kansas City “.
Cruz cree que es importante promover los programas a todas las comunidades en Kansas City. Dijo que quiere promover, informar y ayudar a la gente a entender los recursos disponibles para artistas y organizaciones artísticas.
Además, Cruz dijo que quiere asegurarse de que la gente tenga acceso a esos programas y sepan sobre ellos. Dijo que la participación de los latinos en esos programas ha aumentado e incentiva a más personas a participar en varios eventos relacionados con las artes.
“Cuando crecí en el Westside, fui expuesta a las artes como participante”, dijo. “Fue en mi barrio (donde) escuché lenguajes diferentes, vi festivales diferentes. Por lo que yo estaba alrededor de todos estos artistas y personas que participaron, … tuve una pasión por las artes. Creo que es tan importante que las personas … participen en esos programas y es importante promover su participación “.

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Cruz invites community to get involved in the arts

By Paula Alzate
Kansas City, Mo., native and city employee Consuelo Cruz grew up in the Westside area loving arts and culture.
That love, plus her involvement in her community at a young age, prompted her to choose a career in the arts.
“I would participate as a kid,” Cruz said. “Everyone was involved in (the) arts, either by music, drawing (or the) culinary arts. It is something that I experienced when I was young, so when I went outside the community to high school and college, I would continue to be involved as a volunteer. But in 2004, that’s when I made a career change and decided to focus on art.”
Cruz, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Spanish, and a master’s degree in Romance languages, works as a marketing coordinator for Kansas City’s Office of Cultural Creative Services. Through her job, she promotes programs and initiatives from various communities in Kansas City, including the Latino community. She also promotes area arts organizations and artists.
“One of the programs (we’re involved with) – that’s probably the biggest one – is the Neighborhood Trust Development Fund,” she said. “We manage that program. And in the program, we have events and activities that happen throughout the city, so I work to promote those opportunities. There are different communities involved, … including the Hispanic community. We work with the Guadalupe Center and the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.”
Cruz believes it’s important to promote the programs to all communities in Kansas City. She said she wants to promote, inform and help people understand the resources available to artists and arts organizations.
In addition, Cruz said she wants to make sure people have access to those programs and know about them. She said the involvement of Latinos in those programs has increased and encourages more people to participate in various arts-related events.
“When I grew up in the Westside, I was exposed to the arts as a participant,” she said. “It was in my neighborhood (where) I heard different languages, I saw different festivals. Because I was around all these artists and people who participated, … (I) had a passion for the arts. I think it is so important that people … (participate) in those programs and it is important to promote their involvement.”

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