Visiones: Latino Art and Culture Documentary Series


Visiones: Latino Art and Culture, is an award-winning six part documentary series about the broad scope and diversity of Latino artistic and cultural expression. Visiones: Latino Art and Culture is a production of The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and Galán Incorporated.


Utilizing the talents and skills of Latino producers from around the country, Visiones presents an emotionally evocative journey into Latino art and culture. Visiones incorporates unique storytelling, innovative filmmaking, and fresh perspectives to weave an interesting account of the past and its relationship to the present and the future. It is a stirring voyage, one that spans from the colonial period to the present day. Visiones fleshes out the individual stories, landscapes, and histories-both of the artists and the artistic mediums-to provide a vibrant and more complete outlook on Latino art and culture. The six-part series is divided into themes that capture different art forms. Visiones takes a look at the Latino theater tradition and its evolution, the second episode delves into the music and dance aspects of Latino life, and the third episode tackles the various forms of Latino art and its relationship to social change. Well-paced and emotionally potent, Visiones provides an invigorating context to Latino art and culture that is sorely needed in this changing face of American life. The initial PBS broadcasts of Visiones in fall 2004 were viewed by approximately 100 million households in the United States and additional broadcasts continue to be seen by millions of others. Latino Artistic Expression- An Educational Resource Guide.

The Visiones educational curriculum, entitled Latino Artistic Expression was developed with support from Target, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. The curriculum was designed to serve a broad audience of teachers and students; these materials provide a glimpse into Latino artistic expression in four areas: visual arts, music, dance and theater arts. NALAC partnered with Target in the fall of 2006, to provide the Visiones educational curriculum to 30,000 schools during Hispanic Heritage month. The Visiones curriculum explores the many ways Latinos have shaped every layer of American culture.

Production support for Visiones was provided by Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). Funders include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Houston Endowment, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.