Seattle Arts Commissioner Juan Alonso-Rodríguez will talk about making art for three decades and his Cuban roots from 6:30 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. 

Library events and exhibits are free and everyone is welcome. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Alonso-Rodríguez 's presentation will include influences in his art from his childhood in Cuba, which he left at the age of nine for Miami in 1966, and reuniting with siblings as an adult. Unlike a travelogue, this talk is an artist's personal view of a complex country that remains a major source of inspiration.

Alonso-Rodríguez came to Seattle in 1982, where he has lived since and creates studio and public works. He is an activist, arts advocate, Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city's Public Art Advisory Committee. You can find Alonso-Rodríguez's art throughout the U.S., including the collections at Microsoft, General Mills, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum. He has created public works for numerous Puget Sound institutes, including Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, Sound Transit's Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and more.

This event is part of the Baseball: Culture in Cuba exhibit. Visit the gallery on Level 8 and the display on Level 5 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., where through Sunday, Dec. 31 you'll see photographs by renowned photojournalist Ira Block that reveal everyday life in Cuba with a focus on baseball. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Gary Kunis, the Seattle Mariners and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.