Emerging Latino Designers Study

December 28, 2009 | Hostos Community College

Absorb the vibrant and exciting sabor of Latino designers making a splash on the national scene and be a part of this growing community.

With fashion designers Isabel Toledo and Maria Cornejo highlighting their talent for Michelle Obama’s wardrobe, a host of other Latinos are creating a buzz in the design industry at a local level in areas such as graphic, web, jewelry, floral, industrial products, interior and architectural design, all found throughout the diverse Latino groups in the five boroughs of New York City.

Recently, Continuing Education & Professional Studies at Hostos Community College partnering with NY Designs at LaGuardia Community College launched a study on Emerging Latino Designers.  Its purpose is to develop a demographic profile of the community and identify its unique needs.  At this time, both organizations are looking to recruit 50 emerging Latino designers to take an online survey, twenty of whom will participate in in-depth interviews.  

Hostos Community College students will conduct the 20 interviews.  Students will be trained as researchers while learning about small business development and entrepreneurship.  The findings from the survey and interviews will be included in a report that will be presented and discussed at a public forum.  The report will also be sent to New York City design, various businesses and community based organizations.  Hostos Continuing Education & Professional Studies and NY Designs will then seek resources to address some of the expressed needs of emerging Latino designers.

With the assistance of many community based organizations such as the Bronx Borough President’s Office, the Bronx Council of the Arts, Bronx River Arts Center, Association of Hispanic Arts, El Taller Boricua, Latino Sports and others, Hostos has already discovered a collection of designers who are impressive and inspiring.  Their stories about how they have struggled to start their businesses are compelling.  Many are artisan designers whose works include exquisite masks, puppets, jewelry, and doll sculptures.  Others are book illustrators, digital, interior and website designers and architects.  Two young women are fashion designers and just launched their business three months ago. 

These creative individuals run the gamut in terms of years in the industry from novices to more seasoned professionals and represent many different parts of the Caribbean and Latin America.  Notwithstanding these great finds, Hostos Continuing Education & Professional Studies is seeking additional Latino designers to participate in the study. 

 Let us hear your voices and take the survey at www.nydesigns.org/content/nyc-latino-designers-study

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Néstor Montilla

Communications & College Relations Manager

 

Division of Institutional Development

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

of The City University of New York

120 East 149th Street, Rm. 214 E Bronx, NY 10451

Tel. (718) 518-4355

Fax #: (718) 518-4240

Email: nmontilla@hostos.cuny.edu