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Lane Arts Council is pleased to announce the third year of Fiesta Cultural,  a celebration of Latino art, culture, and heritage taking place September through December 2017.  Fiesta Cultural is a county-wide initiative to increase opportunities for integration of Latino individuals into the broader community through the arts.



Mexican Revolution Day – Los Últimos Zapatistas Héroes Olvidados
November 16, 4pm
110 Fenton, University of Oregon

In celebration of Día de la Revolución Mexicana (Mexican Revolution Day), the University of Oregon, along with Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, CLLAS and Eugene Arte Latino, present the documentary Los Últimos Zapatistas Héroes Olvidados, directed by Mexican Filmmaker Francesco Taboada. The documentary includes interviews with living witnesses who knew and lived with iconic figure Emiliano Zapata, leading general of the Mexican Revolution. The event includes speakers, live music, and refreshments.


Noche de Música Latinx 
November 17, Doors open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm
The WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene
$5-10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)  Facebook

On Friday, November 17th the Community Center for Performing Arts welcomes Savila, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Taller De Son Jarocho, and UO Fandangueros to the historic WOW Hall for Noche de Música Latinx! This is an all ages event.

The night will start off with a collaboration between local Eugene son jarocho musicians and fandango dancers UO Fandangueros and Taller De Son Jarocho.

Next up will be amazing 11 piece Portland based psych/NW-Cumbia band Orquestra Pacifico Tropical (see image). From clubs to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, to hear the ecstatic thump, rumble, and sheer brilliance of the racing rhythms of coastal Columbia side by side with the psychedelic guitar explorations of the Peruvian rain forest is to travel across continents and through time with Orquestra Pacifico Tropical as the guide.  Orquestra Pacifico Tropical’s wall of sound is dedicated to expanding the music of Central and South America to the people and dance floors of the Pacific Northwest.

Closing the night will be Portland trio Savila. Savila is a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world as well as the name of cumbia/latin/world/r&b inspired music and visual art project by guitarist Fabiola Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez, and percussionist extraordinaire Papi Fimbres.


Noche Latinx
December 7, Doors open at 4pm, Music starts at 9pm and lasts until 2am
The Wayward Lamb, 150 West Broadway, Eugene
$5 cover charge, 21+ to enter
Beyond Toxics hosts Noche Latinx, a dance party showcasing salsa, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, and Spanish-language pop.  A live DJ will play various popular Spanish-language music from all over Latin America and the United States.  Jorge Navarro’s infamous Latin & Creole Kitchen food truck will be parked just outside, and the Wayward Lamb will offer a custom menu of delicious Latin American cocktails.

This benefit is for farmworker justice in Oregon, which is disproportionately exposed to pesticides and unsafe working conditions.  Beyond Toxics is a statewide environmental justice non-profit based in Eugene with a long history of empowering those most affected by unchecked pollution, including communities of color. Learn more at www.beyondtoxics.org





Fiesta Navideña (Christmas Party)
December 9, 6-9pm
River Road Elementary School, 120 W Hilliard Ln, Eugene

Fiesta Navideña is a celebration of holiday traditions, food, music, and art from Latin America.






Club de Arte para Mamás (Art Club for Moms)
November 20, 9-10:30 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

A community art club for Spanish speaking mothers, who want to grow their creativity and art skills and may speak English as their second language. Small children are invited to attend with them and create their own works of art. This program is free of charge and funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the JSMA.




Cuentos Bilingües (Bilingual Stories)
November 18, December 2 & 16, 11am
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St

Join us at the Springfield Public Library for interactive bilingual stories, songs, and a craft. See the event calendars for more details. Families of all ages are welcome!






El Taller de Son Jarocho (Workshop)
Sundays, 3-5pm; Fridays, 5-7pm
Whiteaker Community Center, Clark and N. Jackson St, Eugene

Take local classes in the music and dance of southern Veracruz!  They provide extra jaranas (a guitar-like string instrument from Mexico) for students.   Sundays classes are for beginners from 3-5pm, while Fridays are more advanced classes from 5-7pm.



Cuentos y Canciones (Storytime in Spanish)
Every Saturday, 11:15am
Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road

Fun weekly storytime in Spanish, designed to help young children develop their ready-to-read skills as they grow. The whole family is welcome.

Contact: Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish), www.eugene-or.gov/library




Latin American Children Art Exhibit
September 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Children’s Language Center on 1st floor at Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

This Latin American art was created by students in the bilingual summer camps 2017, offered by founder of Eugene Arte Latino, Jessica Zapata, in Eugene.  Eugene Arte Latino works with local Latin American artists to lead unique and engaging arts programs, allowing young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression, and have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence.



Mírame Bien: Portraits of Mexico by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston
Through December 10
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Mírame Bien (“Look at Me Well”) is an intimate look at the work of three photography masters in Mexico in the 1920s and ’30s. The exhibition investigates how shifting identities of “insider” and “outsider” affect images of people, places, and things.



Special thanks to our sponsors National Endowment for the Arts, City of Eugene Cultural Services & EUGfun!, Oregon Arts Commission, Law Offices of Lourdes Sánchez, Valle-Wuite Family, Radio Unica, LA QUE BUENA 97.7, Oregon Community Foundation, KLCC, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and our partners Centro Latino Americano, Downtown Languages, Eugene ArteLatino, Salseros Dance Company, Huerto de la Familia, and LULAC of Lane County.

Lane Arts Council receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Questions?  Contact:  Jessica Watson, Lane Arts Council, 541-485-2278, artwalk@lanearts.org



Previous 2017 Fiesta Cultural events:

  • First Friday ArtWalk
  • Omar Rojas: Son Jarocho Music & Dance
  • Fiesta Cultural on the South Willamette
  • Sounds of the Past: Music of Ancient Mexico
  • Cottage Grove Art Walk
  • From the Front Lines: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa
  • Show: Brazilian Capoeira
  • Family Fun: El Taller de Son Jarocho
  • Make it! Skull Crafts for Day of the Dead
  • Play: Tomás & the Library Lady
  • Teatro Milagro presents Mijita Fridita
  • Textile Traditions of Southern Mexico
  • Day of the Dead Celebration, Springfield Public Library
  • Public Talk: Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Day of the Dead Celebration at Downtown Languages
  • Day of the Dead Celebration at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
  • Family Fun: Ballet Folklórico Alma de México


Previous 2017 Fiesta Cultural art exhibits:

  • Una Mirada De México, Photography Exhibit
  • Cuba Ocho
  • Diálogos
  • Danzas de la memoria, Photography by Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa; Tradiciones, de Morelos, en tu mano, Photography by Mary Lule
  • Honoring the Ancient Tradition of Día de los Muertos, by Marco Elliott
  • 24th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit