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This is a bilingual exhibition brochure for the Association of the Latino Brotherhood of Artists (ALBA) Festival held at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago on April 2–5, 1974. In the brief text, ALBA members describe the history of the organization, its mission, and its three core objectives: promotion and recognition, outreach and relationship building, and support for young artists. Also included are short biographies of the twenty-one artists, artisans, theater groups, designers, and poets who were participating in the festival and who were members of ALBA, and a checklist of exhibited artwork and poetry.

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This text, outlining the history and mission of the Association of the Latino Brotherhood of Artists (ALBA), appeared in a pamphlet published for the ALBA festival at Northeastern Illinois University in 1974. ALBA was one of several groups that were formed in Chicago in the early 1970s, and perhaps the only one that drew members from the three different artistic disciplines. Reflecting the richness of Latino cultures in the Midwest and sense of “Raza” prevalent in the midwestern United States at this time, the group brought together artists, writers, and actors from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, as well as from New York and Texas. This document is critical because few were produced by the organization. In their efforts to increase access to exhibition spaces and gain recognition for Latino artists, ALBA joined other groups and individuals, including José Gamaliel González, Carlos Cumpian, Nicolas Kanellos, and Victor Alejandro Sorell.

Researcher
Olga Herrera, Elizabeth Ferrufino; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Association of the Latino Brotherhood of Artists, 1974, Illinois, USA