Diana Castro
Visual and Performing Artist

Newsletter: December 6 – December 18, 2018

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a visual and performing artist dedicated to creating inclusive art spaces across the San Fernando Valley.

How did you first become interested in art?
I spent my childhood in San Francisco, in the Mission district where there are a lot of murals that reflect the cultural diversity of the community. I loved seeing myself and my community represented in the artwork, and seeing how it unifies us and celebrates our diversity. I think this was the start of my fascination with art and the role it has in preserving the culture and traditions of a community. Growing up I would always look for art classes and other opportunities to explore every aspect of art. I finally decided to pursue art in a more professional manner when I started an Artist Residency at the Pacoima Arts Incubator. I realized that art was an integral part of my identity. I also want to give the opportunity for others to use art as a tool for self expression through public programming to make art more accessible to all.

How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
Art is an integral part of a community. It can be used as a tool for social and personal transformation, which is what I consider to be one of the most interesting aspects of art. Through art, we can raise questions, make statements, and heal. We can also become engaged with art in our community by making art that is about issues that are important to our community. The people that we do art with also matter. By spending a few hours volunteering, teaching others to do art, attending workshops, galleries, art fairs, and performances, we can also support other artists so that they can continue doing art. Through art we can get to know Burbank and our fellow residents better.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Art is a healing, liberating thing that helps us learn more about ourselves and others. Contrary to popular belief, it does not have to exist exclusively in art galleries or museums. Art is everywhere around us. No matter what your budget level or skill level is, anyone can do art and be an artist. Fortunately we live in an era where there is a multitude of resources that make art more accessible. Use these resources! Whether you are the next top artist or just doing it for fun, all art is valuable when it comes from the heart.