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Fiesta Cultural is Lane County’s largest annual celebration of Latinx arts and culture, featuring over thirty events happening throughout Lane County September through December. An initiative led by Lane Arts Council, Fiesta Cultural creates opportunities for inclusion through the arts, and engages the community in welcoming multicultural programs and events that highlight the rich diversity of Latinx arts, culture and heritage in Lane County.

Special thanks to our Fiesta Cultural sponsors City of Eugene Cultural Services, Law Offices of Lourdes Sánchez, Starseed FoundationSELCO Community Credit UnionTacovore, Los Monarcas de Eugene, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Hecht & Norman, and our community partners KLCC, La Qué Buena, Centro Latino AmericanoDowntown LanguagesEugene Arte LatinoSalseros Dance Company, Huerto de la Familia and others.


Upcoming Fiesta Cultural Events:

Mariachi del Shedd End of Term Performance
Saturday, December 8th, 11am
The Shedd Institute, Sheffer Recital Hall, 868 High St, Eugene

This is the end of term performance for the Shedd’s student mariachi performance group. Mariachi del Shedd is led by Fernell Lopez and consists of students from around the Eugene/Springfield areas. The group studies, learns, and performs traditional mariachi music.


Posada Navideña
Friday, December 14th, 6-9pm
Head Start of Lane County, 21 N Grand St, Eugene


Posada Navideña is an event that celebrates holiday traditions from around Latin America. Community members who attend will enjoy music, art and activities that celebrate the diversity of Latin America as well as the immigrant experience in the United States.


Bilingual Storytime
Saturdays, November 17th, December 15th, 11am
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield

Join us as we read Spanish and English language books and play bilingual games, sing songs & do a craft. Our bilingual storytime is a great way to celebrate our community’s language diversity and participate in a cultural exchange. Each storytime will focus on a special theme. Families of all ages are welcome!


Madres Club
Saturdays: November 10th, December 1st, 2–3:30pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene

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 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities.


Noche Latinx
Every third Thursday, 9pm-2am
Cowfish Dance Club, 62 W Broadway, Eugene
$5 cover

This is a dance party featuring cumbia, salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, and other latinx music. Proceeds go towards Oregon farmworkers dealing with exposure to pesticides by way of Beyond Toxics, a Eugene-based statewide environmental justice non-profit.


Salsa Night
Every Friday, 8:45pm-1am

Salseros Dance Studio,  Vet’s Club, 1626 Willamette St, 2nd floor, Eugene
$8 Cover / Only $6 Before 9:30pm        

Doors open at 8:45, Salsa and Bachata class 9pm, open dance 9pm-1am


Taller de Son Jarocho Workshops
Every Sunday, 3-5pm
Whiteaker Community Center (corner of Clark and Jackson), Eugene


The Taller de Son Jarocho project started around five years ago with founder Janice Carraher. Janice wanted to give back to her community the gift she received from the Veracruz Mexico community. Taller de son Jarocho is a community group dedicated to the community that provide free classes.


Fiesta Cultural Exhibitions:

Paper Weight: Works in paper by Cuban-born artist Elsa Mora
August 29, 2018 through January 20, 2019
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene

Paper Weight is Elsa Mora’s latest exhibition of painstaking works made solely of paper and glue. Mora’s 2D and 3D pieces, presented in this exhibition, are inspired by the five cognitive faculties that form the mind: consciousnessperceptionthinkingjudgment, andmemory. For the last eleven years, Mora has explored the expressive potential of paper, while seeing the malleability of this material as a metaphor for the mind and its ability to morph and adapt. Manipulating light and shadow is an organic part of her process, as is her use of color, and, in some cases, the lack of it. Thematically, Mora is interested in studying the intricacies of the human brain, the wonders that it can produce, and its potential for destruction and chaos. Her work as a whole reflects on universal issues of identity, connectivity, and survival.

A recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists, Elsa Mora was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Los Angeles in 2001, where she lived until 2014. She currently resides in New York with her husband, William Horberg, and their two children. Mora’s work has been exhibited worldwide and she also curates exhibitions, most recently for the ArtYard, a contemporary art center based in Frenchtown, NJ, where she works as both artistic director and curator. She has taught at the Vocational School of Arts in Camaguey, Cuba, and has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco State University, The Art Institute of Boston, the MoMA Design Store, and the National Gallery of Art, among other places. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; and the JSMA. Mora has collaborated as an illustrator with such organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Chronicle Books, The New York Review of Books, Penguin Random House, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and teNeues, among others.


Danzas de la memoria
photographs by Mexican artist, Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa
September 7th through November 30th, 2018
Children’s Center at Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene

You are invited to visit the Eugene Public Library Children’s Center and enjoy the beautiful and colorful images captured by Mexican photographer Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa, “Tlacololeros Dancers from Guerrero, México.”

Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa was born in Guerrero, México. She grew up between the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.  She was selected as one of the top four photographers of Mexico in the national competition La Ruta de lo hecho en México.

Special thanks to the Mexican Consulate in Portland and IMEXCID and our community partners, Eugene Public Library, Lane Arts Council and Jessica Zapata.


Flor y canto: Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda and Rufino Tamayo’s Perro aullando a la luna
September 20, 2018 through February 17, 2019
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene

From the 1920s to the 1940s, Mexican artists Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) were key participants in the international avant-garde. Through their cross-cultural exchanges in Mexico and the United States, they shaped the visual vocabulary of modern art during a period of social and economic upheaval. Beginning this fall, visitors to the JSMA will have the unique opportunity to see two masterworks by these internationally acclaimed painters—Rivera’s 1931 painting La ofrenda (The Offering) and Tamayo’s 1942 painting Perro aullando a la luna (Dog Howling at the Moon).

These works are on loan to the JSMA for one year, from the collection of Art Bridges, a recently established nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing institutions across the U.S. access to outstanding works of American art. We are deeply grateful to Art Bridges for these special loans as well as their support toward related programming, community outreach, audience engagement, and project evaluation. Throughout the year, under the direction of Cheryl Hartup, JSMA’s Associate Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American Art, these works will be presented in several historical and thematic contexts.

Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda, first shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, presents Mexico’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration of life and death. In the painting, three family members welcome the soul of a loved one with offerings placed on a decorated altar. Hanging next to the painting at the JSMA will be La escuela de aire libre (Open Air School), a lithograph Rivera made in New York City shortly after his exhibition at MoMA. We are grateful to the Portland Art Museum for the loan of this print, which features a detail from one of Rivera’s murals in Mexico City.

While living in New York during World War II, Tamayo painted Perro aullando a la luna, an aching expression of necessity and despair, anguish and rage. European modernism, like Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, and ancient ceramic vessels in burials representing the xoloitzcuintli, a hairless dog indigenous to Mexico, likely inspired this work. Although the style and intention of the artists are quite different, together these works bridge the powerfully enduring presence of Mexico’s ancient beliefs and art with the universal human condition.


We are Neighbors Photo Exhibit
September – December 2018

  • September 2018 at First Congregational Church, 1050 E 23rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
  • October 2018 at Agnes Stewart Middle School, 900 S 32nd St, Springfield
  • November 2018 at Guy Lee Elementary School, 755 Harlow Rd, Springfield, OR 97477
  • December 2018 at International Human Rights Day Celebration, location, date & time TBA  (not confirmed)

NOTE: Please call all the locations in advance to confirm dates and times that the exhibit may be viewed.

About the photo exhibit: The We Are Neighbors photo exhibit features residents of Lane County who came to the United States as immigrants. Updated in 2017, the exhibit was originally created by CALC in 1996, and has been shown in many locations since then. It celebrates the contributions and inspirational life stories of immigrants as integral members of our community and is available for display throughout the county.

To host the exhibit, contact Emily Heilbrun at eheilbrun@gmail.com or 541-484-1371. For more information, visit their website or call CALC at 541.485.1755 or email backtoback@calclane.org


Fiesta Cultural Call to Community

If you or your organization is planning an event or exhibition between September-December 2018 that aligns with this initiative, please contact us to be included as a Fiesta Cultural program. This might include music, dance, visual arts, poetry, film, performance and other cultural programming produced by or integrating Latinx artists or Latinx cultures.

The deadline has passed to be included in print materials, but we can still include your event in our digital media. To submit your event, please contact Jessica Watson at Lane Arts Council at 541-485-2278 or artwalk@lanearts.org.