Vania Soto

Artist/Muralist/Teacher

Where were you born and raised?
Born in Juarez, Mexico. Raised in Kingsport, Tennessee.

What is your family heritage?
Mexican.

What is your occupation?
Artist/Muralist/Teacher.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Hispanic/Latinx community?
Most of my commission and mural work is heritage-based. I also run a food pantry in Kansas City, Kansas, that serves 90% of Hispanic families.

How do you connect with your Hispanic/Latinx culture?
I was born in Mexico and I strongly celebrate my heritage.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Writing on the walls in my living room, I was just practicing on my mirror work for when I grow up.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
Hispanic Heritage means so much to me because it’s not only celebrating with my family and I come from, but also the community that I serve.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the Hispanic/Latinx community?
I think the most important issue facing the Hispanic community is lack of quality and also racism. Because of the president that is in the White House right now, our community has been facing a lot of issues like racism. This is something we can overcome as a nation once our president is no longer sitting in the White House.

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