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November 20, 2015
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Kelley Romar Edwin Gil
Faces of Diversity
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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.

More info Charlotte Yoga