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Face of Diversity

Walking through the middle school cafeteria, I moved quickly and with purpose so as to be invisible. The bullying had been going on for several years, so being invisible was an art form I acquired for self-preservation. I found a seat at the end of a long table, but within seconds the air became negatively charged. A voice from halfway down the bench whispered: “Oh no, we can’t sit with her; everyone has to move now.” The Queen Bee had spoken and the subjects obeyed. One after another, my peers seated on the bench stood and moved their trays to the far gray table. The entire cafeteria experience was executed like a military op. No one spoke. Flushed with humiliation, I could feel my heart beating outside of my chest.

I was not the only student that endured this isolation. There was a boy in the Queen Bee’s group of friends who also experienced the effects of her malignant “leadership.” One day during lunch when he was already seated at her table, she approached and crowed: “Wouldn’t it just be hilarious if no one sat with him? Don’t anyone sit there.” Shocked that she would abuse one of her own, I sat, motionless—somewhere between not wanting to be noticed and not wanting to be silent. After they all moved to another table, he hung his head and I realized that I missed an opportunity to have impact and help a student who now suffered the same kind of harassment that I had. Since that day of silence in the cafeteria, I realized that inaction is a very powerful form of action. I would never be silent again.”

I was chosen to be the Face of Diversity because each face of diversity has a story, and this is my story. Crafting the sixth face of diversity on site at Statesville high school provided a tremendous opportunity to bring awareness to bullying prevention and the need for respect of diversity. This project impacted the climate of my school! Everyone loved the project and enjoyed being a part of it. The school environment is more friendly and positive as a result.

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Renowned Artist and Social Activist Edwin Gil to Kickoff New Exhibition to Celebrate Charlotte’s
Diversity

Charlotte, NC (October 28, 2016) – One of America’s premier Latino artists, Edwin Gil, announces his newest
project to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity within the Charlotte community – Diversiview.
“I was tired of the normal art exhibitions where people placed a greater focus on wealth and social standing. To
me, art is more than that; Art is a bridge between cultures that brings communities together,” stated Gil. “One of
the main problems in this world is a lack of tolerance. As humans, I feel we need to understand the issues that
surround diversity”.

Once a month, Diversiview will come to Charlotte and bring community members together for an enlightening
conversation on diversity. Unlike any other art exhibition to find its way to Charlotte area, Diversiview will provide
attendees with the opportunity to gain further understanding into the diverse community of the Queen City while
admiring the creations of an internationally recognized and award-winning artist. Each month Gil’s exhibit will
place the spotlight on one Charlotte area resident who will share their personal insight on diversity.

From interviews with each spotlight resident, Gil will create 11 works of art that will be available for purchase at
each exhibit. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the spotlight resident. In addition,
for every 100 pieces of art sold, Gil will donate a Face of Diversity to an organization or school selected by
community volunteers (follow the link to learn more about Gil’s Faces of Diversity project).

Diversiview will make its debut on Thursday, November 3rd at 5:30 P.M. at The Ballroom at Quail Hollow on 8514
Park Road and will be free of charge to the public. For the month of November, Gil will showcase his artwork
inspired from an interview with professional ballroom dancer Kristie Monique Simmonds.

To bring Gil’s series of artwork into the community environment, future exhibit locations will reflect the distinct
spaces that make up the Charlotte region.
For more information, contact Edwin Gil at 704-868-8690 or Edwin@edwingil.com.

About Edwin Gil

Edwin Gil is an avid social activist and uses his art to bridge cultures and diverse groups living in the U.S. A Colombian
native, Edwin Gil is an award-winning contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary
paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his studies in Psychology with his
knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has
gained international recognition and received several awards like the Premio Nueva Generacion and the Premio Huella
Colombiana en el Exterior. In addition, Gil was named Latino of the Year by Agencia EFE joining a select group of
individuals that include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Journalist Jorge Ramos.
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November 20, 2015
Contacts
Kelley Romar Edwin Gil
Faces of Diversity
Project Director Artist
409-939-7418 704-968-8690
Social Art Initiative To Help Breakdown Stereotypes Through Experiential Activities
HOUSTON, TX – (November 20, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced it will work with the La Marque Independent School District (LMISD) November 30 till December 5 at La Marque high and Intermediate. Gil, a native of Colombia who now calls North Carolina home, will work with students to address the dire consequences of bullying and how to celebrate the diverse qualities that make us all unique. The weeklong event will include hands-on workshops as Gil collects student thumbprints on small pieces of glass that he will use to make a giant 8’ X 8’ face. Each student thumbprint is a pledge to value diversity and stand up against bullying. The unveiling ceremony of Gil’s Faces of Diversity will take place on Friday, December 4 at the La Marque high school.
The unveiling ceremony of Gil’s Faces of Diversity will take place at the La Marque high school on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

“We are proud to partner with Faces of Diversity for second time, which will undoubtedly have a positive influence on our students,” says Terri Watkins, superintendent. “The contributions of our students and school community demonstrate that bullying will not be tolerated in our schools, but even more important, shows the power of teamwork in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Through its art component, Faces of Diversity brings stories of triumph, courage, and strength to life.”
“The goal in bringing Faces of Diversity to LMISD is to have meaningful conversations around diversity and the affects of bullying, which will positively impact the climate and cultures of our schools,” says Kelley Romar, Project Director, 21st Century ACE Program. “Edwin Gil’s Faces of Diversity will demonstrate how students can all work together to build each other up and respect differences.
“Faces of Diversity help provide a voice to students who may not have an outlet to express their feelings,” says Faces of Diversity co-creator and artist, Edwin Gil. “Working with school districts like LMISD, communities and students across the U.S. can see how art can be used as non-invasive ‘safe’ communications tool to address the topics of diversity of bullying head-on.”
For more information on Faces of Diversity, visit www.EdwinGil.com/facesofdiversity, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/facesofdiversity or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/facesdiversity.

About Edwin Gil: Born December 11, 1971 in Itagui, Colombia, Edwin Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his post-graduate studies in Psychology, as well as knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters like Hector Favio Castaño and Jorge Botero Lujan, to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has developed three fundamentals for painting – for fun, for love, for life – that can be seen throughout his work. After moving to the U.S. in 2000 and a short stint in Miami, Gil established himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the principal focus of Hispanic art.
About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8’ X 8’ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.

The World needs allitle bit of everything

Edwin Gil is an avid social activist and uses his art to bridge cultures and diverse groups living in the U.S. He has overcome numerous obstacles to become one of America’s premier Latino Artists. In his Faces of Diversity Project, Edwin shares his story of triumph and how it helped shape his idea of social awareness through art:

“Life is a palette of color with bright tones as well as gray tones that together conform to make the pure harmonious master work that reflects our life. Like these different shades, my life has been marked by innumerable events that have brought changes that have fed my artistic spirit and allowed me to grow as an individual. This explosion of color has inspired my new series entitled “The World Needs a Little Bit of Everything.” This series will open in Spring 2016 and I plan to exhibit it in numerous cities throughout the United States.

Recently I finished Face #20 of the 111 faces that will compose Faces of Diversity which is a social art project that seeks to break stereotypes through art. Creating each one of these projects is always a new magical experience that allows me to tell my story to the participants and subsequently to collect thumb prints on recycled glass to use in the completion of the 8’ by 8’ portrait of the face that has been chosen to highlight by the institution or organization. Face #20 of Faces for Diversity was Dan Ramírez, a Colombian known in Charlotte for his work in politics. The portrait was commissioned by the Levine Museum of the New South as part of the Nuevolution exhibit that tells the story of Latinos in the southern United States. This spectacular project will be in the exhibition at the museum until the end of 2015 and then it will travel for five years to other cities in the US South.

During the month of November, I will travel to Texas to complete Faces of Diversity #21 in the La Marque School District.” – Edwin Gil.

(For more information about Faces of Diversity, which is now listed in the ASC directory of projects, please email edwin@edwingil.com or visit www.edwingil.comFaces of Diversity

New Projects

 

Edwin Gil, internationally known for his excellent social prpojects that have united people around the world through his three flags created with hand prints from participants, announces the launch of a fourth flag, the Flag of Peace. This project intends to highlight the meaning of the word Peace.

The participants (Statesville High School) will write their interpretation of the word peace and then will leave their hand print on the flag. These prints will help create the flag of the Unites States.

The Flag of Peace is a project that is part of the proposal of Jennifer McLain, a student who for more than three years has directed Summit, an antibullying program that hopes to increase understanding and respect among students in the Iredell/Statesville school systems.

more info:Iredell Statesville Schools

Art and Yoga:

As a complement to his art, Gil has intensified his yoga practice by doing a challenge of 365 days of yoga in a year. He practices daily, some times taking as many as 6 yoga classes in a day.

Edwin Gil finished his 200 RYT training with Grace Morales on September 2015. He intends to complement his knowledge of art and color with the practice of vinyasa which he considers to be a perfect combination of Art and yoga.

Yoga and art work well together because they help strengthen the individual by helping them focus on areas that are specific to them.

Yoga asana or sequences are practiced, engaging areas of the body that open and strengthen the intended focus and bring flexibility to areas that are tight or stiff. A brief meditation may follow these sequences in order to tap into inner resources such as the chakras which are energetic points in our body and are related to colors that are used in personal expression. The process of creating art gives expression to the wisdom of the intuitive self achieved from yoga and the self awareness that comes from it and associated meditation.

More info Charlotte Yoga

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JULY 30 , 2015 

 

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FACES OF DIVERSITY AT STUDIO 345 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (JULY 30, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced that, Robert Bush ASC President and founder of Studio 345, was selected as Studio 345 “Face of Diversity”.

Artist Edwin Gil launched an anti-bullying initiative with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Character Development Department called Faces of Diversity. 

Robert Bush, ASC President and founder of Studio 345, was selected as Studio 345 “Face of Diversity”” due to his unending passion for art in the community. He truly cares about bringing diversity, inclusion, and opportunities to students of all ages. He raises awareness for ASC and bridges the gap between the arts and the community at large. Robert has the ability to create, build, and foster relationships among all stakeholders and helps develop a passion for arts not only with ASC but with all arts in Charlotte.

Anyone interested in seeing the final upcycling portrait of Robert Bush (Faces of Diversity) can visit Spirit Square anytime between July 30th-December 1st, 2015. The portrait is located in Gallery Studio 345 on the first floor.

As part of CMS’ Making It Better initiative, Faces of Diversity encourages dialogue and sensitivity among students, staff, and the community through art. It is an opportunity to reaffirm a sense of unity among schools and communities.

Artist Edwin Gil  Edwin Gil gave them each a piece of 8 inch square glass to be painted using a memory. Students were taught the techniques of glass painting, including how painting on glass requires them to start from front to back, different from painting on canvas. These glass panels surround the mosaic portrait.

For more information on Faces of Diversity, visit www.EdwinGil.com/facesofdiversity, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/facesofdiversity or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/facesdiversity

About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8’ X 8’ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.

About Studio 345: Studio 345 is a free out of school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school. Providing unique experiences for high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Studio 345 fosters a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Taught and mentored by professional working artists, students gain invaluable experiences enabling them to become creative risk-takers and craftsmen while growing emotionally, intellectually, and artistically.

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May 10, 2015 
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FACES OF DIVERSITY AT QUAIL HOLLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL Save the date May 22, 2015 for the unveiling of the face of diversity 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (MAY 10, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced that, A’Raya Green was selected as Quail Hollow Middle School’s “Face of Diversity”.

Artist Edwin Gil launched an anti-bullying initiative with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Character Development Department called Faces of Diversity. 

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CAFÉ PERFECTO & COMMONPLACE COFFEE ROASTERS TEAM UP FOR ART EXHIBIT Artist Edwin Gil Celebrates Colombian Coffee Through His Upcycling Series

PITTSBURGH, PA. – (March 5, 2015) – Colombian artist Edwin Gil and business partner in Charlotte based Café Perfecto will have his art exhibit – Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling – on display at commonplace coffee house through March 30.
Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, created artwork that traces Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass were hand painted to give way to his 4’ X 4’ pieces that celebrate one of Colombia’s finest exports known throughout the world for quality and taste. Read more

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FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Contacts
Kelley Romar                Edwin Gil
21st Century ACE           Faces of Diversity
Project Director             Artist
409-939-7418                 704-968-8690

Social Art Initiative To Help Breakdown Stereotypes Through Experiential Activities 

HOUSTON, TX – (FEBRUARY 3, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced it will work with the La Marque Independent School District (LMISD) and its 21st Century ACE Program February 23-27 at La Marque Elementary and Intermediate, 1431 Bayou Road La Marque ,Texas 77568. Gil, a native of Colombia who now calls North Carolina home, will work with students to address the dire consequences of bullying and how to celebrate the diverse qualities that make us all unique. Read more

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2014) – Colombian artist Edwin Gil and business partner in Charlotte based Café Perfecto will have his art exhibit – Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling – on display at Joe Van Gogh through January 30.

Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, created artwork that traces Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass were hand painted to give way to his 4’ X 4’ pieces that celebrate one of Colombia’s finest exports known throughout the world for quality and taste.

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