Inspirational Speaker – Edwin Gil arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago without knowing English or having money in his pocket. After his life partner was killed in front of him in Colombia and two attempts on his life were made after a kidnapping, Edwin decided it was time to make a better life for himself elsewhere. Edwin will tell you that Art Saved His Life and in doing so, he shares his touching story of triumph, determination and success as an artist in the U.S. His heartfelt story always brings a tear to your eye and serves as an inspiration to all who hear it.
Motivational Speaker – Edwin Gil grew up in a poor family in Colombia, South America and has overcome numerous obstacles to become one of America’s premier Latino Artists. He was named Latino of the Year by Agencia EFE (similar to our AP News, but in South America) alongside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Journalist Jorge Ramos. Edwin shares his story of triumph and how it helped shape his idea of social awareness through art. Edwin takes you on journey across Europe with his Nuestra Bandera, Nuestro Pais, Nuestro Hogar (Our Flag, Our Country, Our Home) project with images and music as he tells the stories of the more than 25,000 people who participated in his global art project. Most recently, Edwin toured North Carolina with his Flag of Hope collecting handprints, stories and memories to make the nation’s first ever flag made with the handprints of North Carolinians. With these types of adventures behind him, Edwin is sure to motivate and spread his message of hope to all that encounter this feel good presentation.
Educational Speaker – Edwin shares his experiences as the founding member of Art Si (Art Yes) in conjunction with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and how one can take an idea for an art project and turn it into the building of social capital. He demonstrates how art can be a cultural connector and reveals some of his marketing techniques.
Because Art Saved my Life.