DC Art Community: Big Gap in District Cultural Scene

Joi-Marie McKenzie

Members of the Washington art scene and Latin American community gathered with The Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas at the residence of the Chilean Ambassador last night to raise funds for and awareness about Latin American art in the District.

"If you look at the Washington cultural scene, there's a museum for everything," said Lydia Bendersky, director of the Organization of American States, which currently houses the Art Museum of the Americas.

"There is at least a population of two million Hispanic descendants [in D.C.] but there's still not a museum dedicated to the Latin American heritage."

Barbara Gordon, who founded the Friends non-profit cultural organization, said she was thrilled about the organization's ability to support the museum and raise awareness of the lack of Latin American art in D.C.

"I'm from Cuba," Gordon said at the intimate gathering. "I started this organization 20 years ago ... but we have a lot more to do!"

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