Kenner, Louisiana — Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation), organizer of ¿Qué Pasa? Fest 2016 has commissioned New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation Board member Elsa Baker to create this year’s official poster of the festival. Ms. Baker, a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the NOHHF, was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and has lived in Louisiana for many years. She describes her artwork as having narrative overtones; and it’s important for her to have the viewer think about what her forms depict. She likes to share a story with the observer. “Cervantes Foundation is very lucky to have had Elsa Baker accept our invitation to be this year’s artist for our official ¿Qué Pasa? Fest poster”, said Javier Olondo, President of Cervantes. “I know she will do an incredible job showing us her interpretation of what our festival represents. Her resume is impressive and extensive and we’re all looking forward to seeing what she creates for us”
About ¿Qué Pasa? Fest 2016: The ¿Qué Pasa? Fest will reveal the official poster on the first night of the five-day festival, which celebrates Hispanic Heritage month, at the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. Festivities will begin on Tuesday, October 4th and culminate on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th, with an outdoor festival for the whole family at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert area in Lafreniere Park. All festivities are free to the public and will take place at various locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area. For a complete schedule of all the events, visit www.QuePasaFest.com
About Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte: Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte was created in 1982 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions. This includes music, dance, literature, fine arts and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact on the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general. Visit www.QuePasaFest.com for more information about Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte.
About ¿Qué Pasa? New Orleans: ¿Que Pasa? New Orleans is a television show that airs every week on Telemundo (T42), in New Orleans. It is a dynamic, informative and cultural program where, in each episode, the hosts guides the viewers to the exciting multicultural events in and around New Orleans, including music, food, festivals, restaurants, art galleries, sports, events and more. The show introduces the viewers to the movers and shakers of the cultural scene: artists, musicians, local business owners, chefs, actors and characters that make New Orleans an exciting place to live!
About National Hispanic Heritage Month: National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States every year, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Click here to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.
About Elsa Baker: Elsa Baker received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 1980, where she graduated with honors, having received the “Overall Academic Excellence for Fine Arts Major Award”, and where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She received her teaching certification from Loyola University in 1981 and in 1983 pursued graduate studies in Studio Art at Tulane University. Prior to moving to the North Shore in 1993, Ms. Baker taught art at Metairie Park Country Day School for eleven years, where she taught studio art and developed their Art History curriculum. She also pioneered the teaching of Computer Graphics in the classroom, having developed and presented workshops at several school conferences in the South. Elsa Baker has had a long history of exhibiting her work, having had several solo and many group shows. She has won top awards and honors in painting, photography and mixed media at numerous juried exhibits throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area, including the Louisiana Open Exhibition and several others at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center. Her work is part of the Pan American Life Center art collection in New Orleans, has been purchased by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs, and is found in the homes of many local and out-of-state art collectors. For more information and images of her artwork, visit www.elsabakerart.com.