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November 20, 2015
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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.

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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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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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McCrorey Heights Neighborhood Association with the mural #Past2future by Edwin Gil nominate for 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Awards,

The City of Charlotte has long been recognized as a city of success — from our natural assets and quality of life to our diverse economy, historical significance, entrepreneurial spirit and technological accomplishments. However, none of this success would be possible without the people who call this place home.
Charlotte is a diverse network of neighborhoods, a collaboration of residents each lending their culture, ideas, passion and volunteer effort toward bettering our community. To celebrate these achievements, and to learn more about resources available to support these efforts, please join us as we engage, learn and celebrate at the 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Awards. The event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte Knights Stadium).

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Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) announces its partnership with renowned Latino artists, Edwin Gil and Alexander Mijares, during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) as they use Sherwin-Williams colors to complete community art projects in Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX. Gil, a Colombian native who calls Charlotte home, will use the paint in his international anti-bullying art enterprise, Faces of Diversity. Mijares, a Miami native with Cuban and Spanish roots, will help headline the grand opening of LAB ART Texas on September 18 at 7pm, at 315 Cole Street, Dallas, TX 75207.

Mijares also completed a special collaborative project earlier this month with artist MAR at Taverna by Lombardi using Sherwin-Williams paint.

“Sherwin-Williams’ support of Faces of Diversity is proof positive they believe in the power of color and art to transform our communities,” says Gil. “Sherwin-Williams continually builds up Hispanics and arms them with the tools, in this case color, to affect positive change in schools that ultimately reshape the minds of our children by addressing the dire consequences of bullying.” Read more

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Despues de retornar a Casa y sentarme a recordar las experiencias vividas el jueves durante el opening de mi exhibición, es imposible no escribir algunas palabras de agradeciemiento para Ustedes.

En Mis obras se ve reflejado como con trozos de vidrio puedes crear la más hermosa obra maestra, construir “Arte” con pedazos de diferentes tamaños, formas, y colores es el reflejo exacto de la vida; La vida está llena de situaciones diferentes, algunas más brillantes que otras, tonos claros y oscuros vemos a diarios con nuestras experiencias vividas, momentos que Al final hacen parte de una obra maestra “nuestra vida”.  hoy, estoy seguro que el opening fue un trozo de brillo para mi obra:  brillo,  porque en mi vida resaltará por  siempre lo grato de compartir con ustedes y celebrar el arte upcycling. Read more

Yuliana Gil

Cuando tienes Hermanos, sabes que tienes un apoyo, un ejemplo, tienes compañia. “familia” es la palabra que encierra el sentimiento completo de las personas que siempre estaran en tu vida, pero, algunas veces tienes hermanos que aunque sabes estan alli, no Los conoces lo sufienciente. Hoy a Mi edad apenas tengo el honor de decir que conozco a mi Hermano, si HONOR Por que cuando lo conoces sabes que hay personas tan buenas, ejemplares y emprendedoras como uno no Cree encontrar en la vida….. no hay palabras que logren expresar lo que en este momento siento, orgullo, Felicidad, admiracion son solo el resumen de lo que estoy sintiendo. Edwin Gil. gracias Por permitirme conocerte Por permitirme aprender de ti y ver quien realmente eres. Te admiro demasiado y este es el resultado de ese esfuerzo insaciable que he Visto en ti desde el momento en que llegue aqui. Te amo con mi alma entera ….. gracias Hermano. Gracias Por enseñarme tanto. ”

por Yuliana Gil