Episode 111 – Iluminada Aponte

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Iluminada Aponte has been living in the United States for over 60 years. She has dedicated her career as a Folk Artist to highlight the culture of her country.


Special Edition Episode (Español): IslaDanza Venezuela, Arte y Cultura

Join us in discovering as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Les unfold the story behind Isladanza, Venezuela, Arte y Cultura with Antonieta Armas and Enmanuel Flores.

Lets celebrate our Heritage. Celebremos el orgullo de ser Latinos. Celebremos el orgullo de ser Venezolanos.


Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Orange County, Florida as a Platform for Local Visual Artists

“Esperanza – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” Terminal A at The Orlando International Airport

The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County, Florida celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with different art exhibitions in the County.

The art exhibitions around the City of Orlando feature 42 local visual artists representing nine different countries that call Central Florida their home. The artists have a platform that showcases their artwork in permanent exhibitions at the Orange County Administration BuildingThe Orlando International Airport, and Univision Orlando during the local morning show “Despierta Orlando.”

In 2020, the celebration was virtual. Artists submitted their artwork in a call to artists, after being selected, they sent virtual videos explaining their artwork, and how they celebrated their heritage. Each week, a different artist was featured on social media. They received a signed certificate from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

This year, the art exhibition has been named “Esperanza – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” artists representing ArgentinaColombiaCubaEl SalvadorMexicoPuerto RicoUnited States, and Venezuela have their paintings on the third floor of the Terminal A of the Orlando International Airport since September 01st. The exhibit will run until October 28th.

Featured artwork at The Orlando International Airport

After almost two years of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, this represents an opportunity for the artists that were selected to showcase their artwork.

Having their art pieces in public areas and exhibitions allow them the opportunity to have audiences fall in love with their art and receive offers, or maybe purchase one of their art pieces.  

Artists tell stories through paintings and colors, and although art is subjective, it is their way of telling stories and sharing them with their audience. Selling is their goal.

Although selling is a hard task, artists in Central Florida must rely on other full-time jobs to make a living. Having these platforms help them to have other sources of income and get paid for what they feel passionate about.

Assistant to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Vice-Chair for the Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County, Florida, Ilia Torres, Esq is very happy with the event outcome this year and feels proud of the talented artists that call Central Florida their home.

Ilia Torres, Esq during her visit to “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” at the Orlando International Airport

“Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 – October 15, is an occasion not only to celebrate the history and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the U.S., but also the perfect holiday celebration to promote our cultural richness and diversity. The Hispanic Heritage Committee is proud to be able to highlight the Hispanic culture by showcasing local visual artists from around Central Florida,” said Ilia Torres.

For more information on the events taking place to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month in Orange County, Florida, visit the Orange County Press Room.