09.27.2015 - 10.30.2016

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South

On September 27, 2015,  ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South officially opened to the public at Levine Museum of the New South. Over three years in the making and the museum's most ambitious project to date, ¡NUEVOlution! is a 3,500 sq. ft. bilingual, interactive exhibit with robust programming, civic dialogue, collaborative art and online media that explore the surprising ways Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos. 

The increased presence of Latinos in the South represents a regional transformation with national significance.  Over the past 25 years, the South has abruptly emerged as the nation’s most vibrant area of Latino growth. Charlotte and Atlanta top the Nielsen list of fastest growing major Latino metro areas nationwide, up over 400% since 2000. In North Carolina alone, more than two dozen small and mid-sized municipalities are now over 20% Latino. This puts the South at the cutting edge of a nationwide trend that is seeing new Latino populations where none previously existed in nearly every U.S. state. 

Many historians consider the dramatic shift and its impact to be the biggest story in southern history since the Civil Rights Movement.  ¡NUEVOlution! explores this topic by sharing powerful, personal stories behind the statistics.

Created by Levine Museum, in collaboration with Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the exhibit aims to engage Latinos of many backgrounds together with non-Latinos—serving as a catalyst for personal reflection, cross-cultural interaction and community engagement. It will create civic spaces physically and virtually to deepen understanding of Latinos’ histories, cultures and experiences, foster connection across difference and promote exploration of contentious issues in a safe environment. 

Encuentros—a Spanish word with multilayered meanings, “encountering, discovering, confronting, coming together, growing”—is the organizing principle of the ¡NUEVOlution! exhibit. Videos, interactives and environments convey and create encuentros as visitors navigate, experience and learn about  the rapidly evolving Nuevo South. Levine Museum partnered with noted Latino filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman, plus prize-winning exhibition developer Darcie Fohrman to create a compelling visitor experience.

The exhibit poses questions and offers numerous interactive opportunities for visitors to add their voice and create user-generated content that further enriches the experience. In addition, responses to questions posed out in the community and captured by an interactive video story kiosk and via social media are incorporated throughout.

¡NUEVOlution! is presented to the community by Belk, Wells Fargo, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Additional support comes from Duke Energy Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNC Charlotte, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Carolinas Healthcare System, Reemprise Fund, MetLife Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, and the Smithsonian Latino Center. In-kind support was provided by AC&M, Luquire George Andrews and Norsan Media.

The exhibit will be on display at Levine Museum through October 30, 2016, then travel to Birmingham Civil rights Institute and the Atlanta History Center.

If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved, contact Latino New South Project Coordinator Oliver Merino, omerino@museumofthenewsouth.org.







Through our research, we've complied a list of surprising facts and figuers about the Latino New South. Discover rates of growth, the economic impact and insights on terminology.
Levine Museum worked with Atlanta History Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in the multi-year Latino New South Project to study, document and understand the dramatic and rapid demographic shift occurring across the South, and to develop strong partnerships with Latino communities. Through our work, which began in 2012 and included a series of listening sessions with Latinos and non-Latinos in each city, 7 insights emerged.
El Museo Levine del Nuevo Sur es un museo de historia interactivo. Explora el significado del Nuevo Sur y comparte las historias de su gente - hombres, mujeres y niños; afroamericanos, blancos, ricos y pobres, residentes antiguos y nuevos- quienes han reinventado y moldeado la región desde finales de la Guerra Civil y quienes continúan haciendo historia.


12.11.2015 - 10.31.2016
Explore the ¡NUEVOlution! exhibit and what it means to live in the Nuevo South, amidst the many diverse and dynamic encounters shaping life, work and the community.
01.21.2016 - 01.21.2016
Join us for a talk, book signing and reception with historian Julie Weise featuringher new book, "Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910."
02.01.2016 - 02.01.2016
As part of the exploration of the Latino impact in the South, UNC Charlotte’s College of Education presents a panel examining timely issues related to Latino education.
03.02.2016 - 03.02.2016
Nationally known for his efforts at immigrant integration in Nashville, Tom Negri had a leading role in Nashville for All of Us, the initiative to defeat the 2009 "English Only" bill designed by local councilman. Negri visits to give a talk on the challenges and efforts needed to create more welcoming cities.
03.30.2016 - 03.30.2016
Explore how local Latino musicians in the South are blending different musical traditions, such as rock, salsa, blues, reggae, country, and bachata and have an opportunity to listen and discover the new sounds of this Nuevo South.
04.14.2016 - 04.14.2016
Make plans to join us for this year's annual fundraiser on April 14, featuring a Latin twist on Southern culture and cuisine! Tickets now available.
04.29.2016 - 04.29.2016
A special evening show featuring performances by local and regional Latino musicians Orquesta Mayor, Patabamba, Jahlistic, and Reinaldo Brahn
06.18.2016 - 06.18.2016
Award-winning cookbook author Sandra Gutierrez visits to share stories and insights on the blending of Southern and Latino cuisines, and what it means for both our plates and sense of place.
06.20.2016 - 06.20.2016
In partnership with World Refugee Charlotte and in commemoration of World Refugee Day, Levine Museum of the New South will host a film screening of "Salam Neighbor."
07.17.2016 - 07.17.2016
Have you heard cumbia, salsa, or bachata? Discover the distinctions between these and other popular Latin music at Conexiones: Exchanges Across Culture with Music and Dance.
08.21.2016 - 08.21.2016
Join local artists for a mural-making workshop that celebrates the images and spirit of NUEVOlution!

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