For Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, Spotify is declaring Latinx music, podcasts and culture as art by using literal art.
The music streaming service has unveiled Lo Nuestro es Arte (which translates to Ours Is Art), a digital and outdoor campaign that spotlights musicians and podcasters through colorful art pieces that reflect different genres.
Spotify commissioned five visual artists across the Latinx diaspora—Orly Anan, Cristina Martinez, Luisa Salas, Pedro Nekoi and D’Ana Nunez—to create the colorful pieces. The art is featured behind musicians including Romeo Santos, Ivy Queen and Helado Negro directly on the streaming platform, as well as on billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Spotify will also highlight the artwork in a virtual gallery accessible via Snapchat.
“Spotify’s goal is to shed a light on the diverse voices that are making waves in culture and have so much power through their talent,” Monica Herrera Damashek, head of U.S. Latin, artist and label partnerships at Spotify, said in a statement. “There’s no better time than now to celebrate the talented creators that deserve recognition for their art, whether that be music, podcasts or visual art. We’re proud to elevate these moments and provide a platform that highlights the artists and provides consumers an opportunity to feel closer and be able to relate to them.”
Spotify introduced the campaign mantra with a colorful, eye-popping video featuring artists and podcasters Anthony Ramos, Prince Royce, Kali Uchis, Jenn Morel and Walter Thompson Hernandez, each of whom proudly affirm their culture and life’s work as art. The video is a kickoff to a series of mini films Spotify will release on its social platforms, starring influential Latinx music artists and podcasters who will narrate their career experiences.
Additionally, the brand has introduced a Latinx Heritage Month hub that offers listeners curated playlists that amplify different Latinx identities and communities such as Afro-Latinx, indigienous and LGBTQ+. Playlist collections include Sounds of Latinx, The Future of Latin, We Love our Icons and Beyond the Music.
Latinx Heritage Month began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15.
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