Rafael Casco is a teacher and a visual artist living in East Tennessee. Rafael comes from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he was trained as an Art Therapist. His art work spans traditional crafts and fine art painting. Rafael was one of the two instructors for a Centro Hispano arts project to teach traditional Latin American crafts to children in 2009-2010, sponsored by Tennessee Arts Commission's Folklife Program. Rafael has also been a panelist on the Community Learning of the Tennessee Art Commission for the last three years. He is an HoLa Hora Latina member and has participated every year in HoLa's Latino Artist Exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art since 2008. He had a solo exhibit at Casa HoLa in 2010. His most relevant exhibits include a 2012 Collective Exhibition of Latin American Artists in Mayor's Office, 2012 Sevier County Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and an Honorable mention at the 2011 Tennessee Artist Association Juried Exhibition for his work Book of Law.
Dr. Coral Getino was born in Madrid, Spain. She has lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 1990. She is a former scientist and Fulbright scholar, and Spanish Lecturer at the University of Tennessee. She is now a self-employed Spanish interpreter and translator, as well as a Spanish editor of Achieve3000, a web-based reading comprehension solution. Her first arts-related article appeared in Breaking Ground, August 2009, a publication of the Tennessee Council for Developmental Disabilities. Her interest in folk arts heighted since moving to the United States, after joining an informal Spanish-speaking group that later evolved into HoLa. She was a founder and first President of the non-profit art cultural organization HoLa Hora Latina, and served in every board position since its inception in 2003. From 2009 to 2011, she was chair or co-chair of HoLa Festival, event sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, celebrating cultural diversity during Hispanic Heritage Month. She stepped down from HoLa's Board in September 2011 to become the director of this folk arts project, and remains working as a volunteer and grantwriter for HoLa. In 2011 she received the YWCA's Tribute to Women award, in the Transformation category.
Photo 103: Children dancing at Cinco de Mayo Festival. Photo by Rafael Casco.