RICHLAND – A Latino artist known for portraits of farm workers will speak to Mid-Columbia educators and students April 29, as part of WSU Tri-Cities early outreach programs.

Simón Silva has appeared before thousands of students nationwide, discussing the importance of self-expression and development of personal creativity. His speeches include anecdotes from his own childhood and journey toward becoming an artist.

Silva will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Consolidated Information Center, Room 120 at 2770 University Drive. The event is free and open to the public. His presentation is a part of the GEAR Up and Latina/Latino Early Outreach programs.

Silva’s paintings depict stylized portraits of farm workers bending to harvest crops, suns radiating heat, and picturesque fields and valleys. “My images are simplistic, powerful, beautiful, and about the Chicano culture,” Silva said. “I have used these images — scenes I used to be ashamed of — to empower myself and other Chicanos.”

Following the WSU Tri-Cities presentation, Silva will visit the following schools:

A.H. Smith Elementary, Grandview, April 29, 1 p.m.
Mabton Junior/Senior High School, Mabton, April 29, 2:30 p.m.
Stevens Middle School, Pasco, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Pioneer and Garrison middle schools, Walla Walla, April 30, 7:30 a.m.
Kiona-Benton City schools, Benton City, April 30, 1:55 p.m.
Paterson School, Paterson, April 30,  5:30 p.m.
Finley Middle School, Finley, May 1, 7:50 a.m.
North Franklin schools, Connell, May 1, 10 a.m.
Ephrata Middle School, Ephrata, May 1, 3:30 p.m.
Soap Lake middle and high schools, Soap Lake, May 1, 6:30 p.m.