“Like the mural walls, our pages would help to make our people visible, announcing we are here, we have always been here and we have always contributed to life and culture in the United States.” They have, they are, and they always will. Arte Público Press is a wonderful company, with a wonderful vision that I was so fortunate to have been a part of for the couple of years I spent working for and learning from them. Congratulations to not only Dr. Kanellos but the entire management team and everyone else in the office who stands behind them; you guys deserve everything. And to Marina, thank you for everything you taught me. I miss you every day. ❤
On March 14, 2019, Arte Público Press (APP) received the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandroff Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City. This is the transcript of the acceptance speech by the APP director and founder, Nicolás Kanellos, and the management team, Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Nellie González, Marina Tristan, and Carolina Villarroel.
NK: When we founded Arte
Público Press forty years ago, we envisioned it as part of the public art
movement. Our books would draw from and give back to the community, reflecting
its art, history and culture as well as its problems, like the muralists were
doing. That is why some of our initial book covers, such as for The House on Mango Street, were
commissioned to muralists.
Like the mural walls,
our pages would help to make our people visible, announcing we are here, we
have always been here and we…
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