Artes de la Rosa is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latino community by: (1) establishing a venue for Latino art and cultural performances; (2) offering educational art/culture programs to the community including youth in low-income neighborhoods; (3) providing opportunities and support for established and emerging artists and performers; and (4) serving as the central support organization and resource center for Latino art and culture in the City of Fort Worth.

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  • The Yellow Boat
  • Straight to the Sun
  • Penetration: Impressions of a Memory
  • Peru Fest
  • Artes Alley
  • Artes Academy

By David Saar

The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child's life and the courageous strength of children through creativity. Based on the true story of Benjamin Saar, who was born with hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors in his fanciful drawings and paintings.

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Sundays at 3:00 pm
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Art of Benjamin Saar

An Art Exhibit Celebrating a Child's Spirit
April 9-April 29

The Art of Benjamin Saar

Benjamin Saar was born with hemophilia and died in 1987 of AIDS related complications. Benjamin's imagination transformed his pain into a blaze of colors in his fanciful paintings (seen left).

The National AIDS Memorial Quilt

Established in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today, the Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3x6 panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers, and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

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Works by Michelle Gonzales
April 30-May 30

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Michelle Cortez Gonzales received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus in painting. Her work references childhood, cultural and religious experiences.  


Growing up as an only child in a divorced family, I was raised by many different family members and often exposed to the best and worst of people. Religion played a huge part in my upbringing and involved a mixture of cultural and religious beliefs and practices that I don’t necessarily accept as true but nonetheless follow.

An egg and a prayer can ward off evil spirits. The evil of fault can be punished with the same evil. Holy prayer cards are dealt by the hand of a tarot card reader. Uncontrollable tongues gifted only to the righteous.

My work relates to the personal struggles of these beliefs. They penetrate my thoughts and spread like roots, deeply impacting my faith, my view of the world and of myself. 

My work is based on a combination of figurative and abstracted memories. I translate them through the use of visceral details, and symbolic forms. Juxtaposed, they break the space and reveal the emotional conflict I experience with the mysterious and magical.

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Artes de la Rosa in collaboration with the Consulate General of Peru in Dallas to bring a three day film festival celebrating contemporary Peruvian Film-making. Featuring four films, all in Spanish (with English subtitles), this Peruvian Film Festival will screen the films, “In House”, “The Vigil”, “The Prize”, & “Coliseum: The Champions”.

May 16th – May 18th

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artes alleyMay 24th, 2014

FREE outdoor art show for the whole family that brings the art, business, and family communities together for a lovely evening out in the Mercado Plaza behind the Rose Marine Theater. Artes Alley features a wide range of artist, artisans, and local business owners who display their talents to the community. The event starts at 5:30pm. Artists will display art in the Mercado Alley and Plaza, there will be live music on the Plaza Stage and it's free for the community.

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Artes Academy, our award winning youth program, forms the foundation of our education initiatives. The program accepts children 9 - 18 years regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. Although graduates of our program have gone on to professional careers in the arts, the goal of Artes Academy is to build the social skills, communication skills, and self-confidence necessary for our students to become contributing members to our society through practical training in arts education.

Through its community outreach initiatives Artes de la Rosa works with schools, libraries, and other organization to bring Latino Culture awareness to everyone. 

If you would like more information about education, partnerships, or community outreach programs please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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