The La Descolonización del Arte: A Celebration of Our Raíces’s curatorial team wishes to express the honor of working on the Encountering Our Raíces del Arte del Corazón y Color to the Cube exhibition. Members include: Leticia Arellano, Lead Curator; Carmen King, Curator; Norma Morán, Curator; Nicholas Sánchez, Curator; and Roberto Sandoval, Lead Curator. The members’ unique curatorial work experience along with their lived experiences with roots from Latin America and the Caribbean made them great candidates in bringing this exhibition into fruition.
Name: Leticia Arellano
Role: Lead Curator
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Leticia Arellano was born in Ciudad Juárez, México, and later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she obtained her formal education at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Leticia was always fascinated by the colorful, cultural, and indigenous art of Mexico and New Mexico. From an early age, she was always eager to immerse herself in art by visiting museums, art galleries, and various art installations--an undying fascination that continues to this day. Leticia attended NTID/RIT and Gallaudet at a much later time where she was the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree. She then continued her education at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) for her master’s degree in Deaf Education. She traveled to Japan to live with Eiichi and Nariko Mitsui who are deaf Kutani porcelain painters in Komatsu and was immediately influenced by their work. Arellano was a curator for the Arte del Corazón exhibition at the Dyer Arts Center in 2017 and is currently a board member. Leticia loves to travel and has a passion for collecting deaf artwork from all over the world. Fun fact about Leticia: she has countless pairs of eyeglasses!
Name: Carmen King
Residence: Queens, New York
Carmen King was born in Querétaro, México and used to be a nomad growing up. Now, she has become a true New Yorker. She studied Graphic Design and graduated from National Institute of Technical for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked as a Greeter for the Whitney Museum for more than 10 years. From 2003-2004, King worked as docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. As an art gallery and museum devotee, she continues to visit many art exhibitions when travelling. Fun facts about Carmen: A walk in nature is where she gets her forest therapy and she’s a spicy hot chocolate connoisseur.
Name: Norma Morán
Residence: Washington D.C. Metro Area
Norma Morán was born in El Salvador when the country was beginning its slide into a brutal civil war. Her mother believed the United States could give Norma more opportunities, so they walked their way north and crossed over borders into this country. Her mother was correct as Norma thrived and went on to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and American University (Washington, D.C.). Currently, she is a state-appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for Maryland and a board member of the Maryland/Washington DC Chapter of Hands and Voices. Norma has given numerous presentations for a wide variety of organizations and institutions. Fun fact: Norma is a bookworm and a museum aficionado!
Name: Nicholas Sánchez
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Nicholas Sánchez was born in Redwood City and raised in San Mateo (San Francisco, Bay Area), California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in Interior Design in 2019. He is half Peruvian and half Mexican. Nicholas went to mainstream schools since he was a little kid. He has been sharing his skills, experiences, and his challenges through 11 years of college. He is focused on growing through his challenges, educating, motivating, and inspiring the Deaf community he is part of. He was a Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the Los Angeles DeaFestival 2018; Vice President for Student Club Organization 2017 at CSUN; and committee workshop presenter at the National Center on Deafness Summer Institute in 2017. Fun fact about Nicholas: He has been a CrossFit member since 2013 and he never stops working out because he loves it! It is the greatest lifelong project he will ever work on that keeps his mental health well.
Name: Roberto “Robs” Sandoval
Role: Lead Curator
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Roberto Sandoval is a Deaf native of San Diego who is currently living in Los Angeles, California. He has served on numerous Latinx Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD) committees and boards. Roberto also works with sign language interpreter organizations such as Mano a Mano (MaM) which is a national and professional ASL/Spanish/English trilingual interpreter organization. Roberto was the first Deaf Board member on the MaM Executive Board. His participation on the MaM Board marked the beginning of many collaborations between Deaf and hearing interpreters who work in Spanish-influenced settings. From 2011 - 2017, he had served three consecutive times in the Council de Manos Conference Planning Committee.
In 2017, Roberto was the curator for the Dyer Arts Center at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) which featured the artwork of Latine/Latinx/Latina/Latino/Hispanic DDBDDHHLD artists during the Arte del Corazón exhibit. The Deaf Arts Jubilee brings together Deaf high school students from across Southern California for a day full of exposure to arts and culture. In 2018 and 2019, Roberto was one of the Deaf Arts Jubilee presenters teaching Mexican Arts.