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Lane Arts Council is pleased to announce the 6th year of Fiesta Cultural! Lane County’s largest celebration of Latinx arts and culture, Fiesta Cultural features multicultural in person and digital events happening September through December that highlight the rich diversity of Latinx arts, culture, and heritage in Lane County.

Art and Culture Packets 
English
Spanish

Download these free arts and culture packets for your family to enjoy, while learning about Latin America, musical instruments, and your own cultural heritage.  Created by Maestra Lincango.

39th Annual Día de los Muertos Virtual Celebration: Virtual music, dance, and poetry program
Free!

Enjoy the YouTube Premiere of the 39th annual Día de los Muertos celebration with two unique concerts by Ensamble Almas de Cuerdas in Oaxaca, Mexico, dancing by Eduardo Lira and Pamela García from Guanajuato, Mexico, and student poetry readings. This event is co-sponsored by Oak Hill School in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, MEChA de UO, Adelante Sí, University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion, Secretaría del Migrante y Enlace Internacional de Guanajuato, Ensamble Alma de Cuerdas, and Biblioteca Pública Central Estatal de Oaxaca.

Watch Day 1 of the Celebration featuring Oak Hill School; Watch Day 2 of the Celebration featuring MEChA de UO.


Bilingual Storytime  Online
Online: Eugene Public Library’s YouTube (www.YouTube.com/EugeneLRCS
FREE!

Join Toña Aguilar online for fun stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English. She is an experienced local teacher and currently coordinates the Nutrition Services Program at The Village School. She was born and raised in the Willamette Valley; her father was an activist for migrant farmworker rights and her mother was a bilingual elementary school educator. Enjoy this video anytime on Eugene Public Library’s YouTube (www.YouTube.com/EugeneLRCS). Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.


Entre Mundos: Memory and Material 
October 3, 2020 – June 6, 2021
Graves Gallery, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
Website

Entre mundos (Between Worlds) explores the spaces within, between, and among multiple worlds where transformation and change occur in art and individuals. Artists in the exhibition work with memory, material, and various printing techniques to communicate a sense of place, the experience of working as a migrant farmworker, and profound connections between culture, consciousness, and economies of power.  

In Luna llena (Full Moon), Ester Hernández reconceives the ancient Aztec myth of Coyolxauhqui’s dismembered body carved in stone into a shining fullness that empowers resistance. Artist Narsiso Martínez’s memories of working in the fields in Eastern Washington and the experiences he shared with migrant farmworkers are his material for Unnumbered Portrait III. In Georgina Reskala’s intimate and indistinct photographs on linen, the delicate threads of the fabric hold faint memories of a past reality. Marcos Irizarry’s collagraph print represents the artist’s break with figuration and his embrace of organic abstraction inspired by his memories of nature and music on Ibiza, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea.  Image: Ester Hernández.


Fibers of History
Mural by Rodolfo Redstone Serna
Painted September and October 2020

For thousands of years, murals have been used to share stories and experiences. This mural by Rodolfo Redstone Serna was created to draw connections between the indigenous peoples of the Willamette Valley and the indigenous peoples of Latin America. Serna’s work celebrates the rich beauty, power, and diversity of these cultures, while also touching on the fear and loss that has been experienced. The ultimate hope is to increase awareness of historical issues faced by marginalized communities of color and encourage a dialogue around solidarity, reciprocity, unity, and resistance.

Read the full mural statement here


Friday Night Virtual Dance Party  
Every other Friday, around 8pm
Information and registration link available on www.salseros.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalserosProductions
FREE! 

Join Salseros Dance Company virtually for live streaming DJ’ing on Friday evenings so that you can dance salsa, bachata, and more from home! Register for free to receive the Zoom link. Some Fridays will also include free lessons or special virtual performances!


Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Antonio Huerta
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook
FREE!

Join this special Live Stream Happy Hour as Fiesta Cultural grabs hold of the ropes! Jill Torres interviews Antonio Huerta, who practices Charrería. Charrería is an art form involving the use of ropes in horsemanship and cattle work, dating back to the 1500s. Learn more about the history of this sport, as well as some of the other work Antonio has done in the community during this Happy Hour.


Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Marina Hajek
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

FREE!

For this Artist Happy Hour, Jill Torres interviews sculptress and art restorer Marina Hajek.  Marina recently had a show at the Adell McMillan Gallery. Watch the interview here!


Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Mary Sollo
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook
FREE!

Host Jill Torres welcomes Mary Sollo, who is a cultural promoter and producer, artist, dancer, radio personality, musician, and a voice of indigenous women and her community.


Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Michael Garcia of Dominican Delights  
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook
FREE!

Michael is the owner of Dominican Delights, a local business that has been part of this city for 6 years!


Lunch and Art, a Virtual Program
Almuerzo y arte | Lunch and Art Part I
Almuerzo y arte | Lunch and Art Part II
Free!

JSMA curator Cheryl Hartup and UO student Wendy Echeverría García converse about their favorite works in the exhibition Nuestra imagen actual | Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956.  Image: Leopoldo Méndez.


Online Salsa & Bachata Classes, presented by Salseros Dance Company 
Each 4 week session starts at the beginning of the month
Register here: https://www.salseros.com/salsa-bachata-group-classes/   
Cost per 4 week session: $50 for one person or $75 for one couple  

Learn how to dance through online Zoom classes!  All classes are taught live, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get live feedback. No partner is required to take any of the classes. 


Marina Hajek: Artist Talk & Gallery Tour
Facebook link

The UO Visual Arts Team presents a gallery tour and artist talk with sculptress Marina Hajek! Follow Marina as she gives you a tour of her retrospective exhibition in the EMU Adell McMillan gallery.


Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956 
October 3, 2020 – February 14, 2021
Schnitzer Gallery, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon

Website

The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) was one of the great social upheavals of the early twentieth century and a remarkable artistic outpouring ensued during the post-revolutionary decades. Printmaking flourished as artists addressed what happened to the ideals of the Revolution. Imagery attacked fascism and imperialism, promoted labor and indigenous rights, and expressed a renewed interest in cultural traditions. The impact of the father of modern Mexican printmaking, Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), is evident in works that critically interpret historic events, especially through lively skeletons that dramatize social ills. Artists made posters for the masses in Mexico, as well as prints to satisfy a growing audience for “Mexican art” in the United States. 

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and the Portland Art Museum (PAM) are co-organizing Nuestra imagen actual Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts 1925-1956. Co-curated by Cheryl Hartup, Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American and Caribbean Art at the JSMA, and Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings at PAM, the exhibition aims to deepen and broaden the understanding and appreciation of the graphic art of post-revolutionary Mexico, a landmark in the history of twentieth-century printmaking and modern art. 

The exhibition presents sixty-four lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings by twenty-two artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Leopoldo Méndez, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Mariana Yampolsky, and other members of Mexico’s world famous Taller de Gráfica Popular or People’s Graphic Workshop (est. 1937). The majority of the prints hail from PAM’s exceptional print collection including Siqueiros’ Nuestra imagen actual, a timeless and universal image of subjugation and torture that inspired the title of the exhibition. Several important loans from private collections, the Seattle Art Museum, and University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives will augment PAM’s rich collection.  Image: Fanny Rabel.


Puerto Rican Cooking Online
Eugene Public Library’s YouTube
Free!

Sara Cintron demonstrates Puerto Rican cooking in “Nice Urban Spice, Lesson 1.” Learn how to make two traditional dishes, mofongo and tembleque, to satisfy both savory and sweet tastes. Explore a new way to cook with plantains, coconut, and the spices of Puerto Rican cuisine for a rich and tasty cultural experience. Enjoy this English-language video anytime on Eugene Public Library’s YouTube.


Skelly Doll Workshop
Video tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your very own skelly doll, with Mija Matriz.  See the video description for a full supply list and a link to the pattern.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT

If you or your organization is planning an event, program, or exhibition happening between September-December 2020 that aligns with Fiesta Cultural, submit your event here!


  • Live music by Piel Canela at the Downtown Streatery
  • Live music by Ricardo Cárdenas at the Downtown Streatery
  • Instagram Artist Takeover by Diana G.S of Bella Beads
  • Instagram Artist Takeover by Omar VazCar
  • Bilingual StoryWalk®   
  • 2020 Hispanic Heritage Commemoration 
  • Live concert “Tribute to Mexican Singer-Songwriters”  
  • Zapateado and Fandango Jarocho Workshop with Rubí Oseguera 
  • Exhibit: Traditional Mexican Dresses and Charro Clothing and Equipment
  • Virtual Concert with Singer-Songwriters Cecilia Zabala & Alejandra Paniagua
  • Lunch and Art, a Virtual Program
  • “Day of the Dead in Guerrero Morelos, Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico,” a Bilingual Virtual Talk featuring photographs by Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa  
  • Día de los Muertos, 27th Annual Exhibit at Maude Kerns Art Center
  • Bilingual Virtual Talk with Fernando Soto: “Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco”
  • Calavera Take & Make Kits, presented by BRING Recycling
  • Book Give-Away for Kids and Teens at Eugene Public Library
  • Free Fiesta Cultural Craft Kits for Kids  at the Eugene Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos Community Altars and Procession – Springfield Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos Altar – Cottage Grove
  • Piñata Making Workshop for Children and their Families
  • Transcultural Bridges and Political Activism: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956” – Virtual Talk
  • Virtual Concert with the Mexican Group Son de Barranca
  • Madre’s Club – Art Workshops in Spanish
  • “Mexico, Beautiful and Loved,” artwork by Isabel Dutroncy
  • Play Reading: Maria Indomable by Dorothy Velasco
  • “De Colores” at Emerald Art Center
  • Exhibition by Citlalmina Xochitl Rios

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Also, thank you to our other Fiesta Cultural sponsors:  Law Offices of Lourdes SánchezCollins FoundationOregon Arts Commission, City of Eugene Cultural Services, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Thank you to our community partners: La Qué BuenaLa E-KissCentro Latino AmericanoHuerto de la FamiliaDowntown LanguagesSalseros Dance CompanyLeague of United Latin American Citizens of Lane County, and Eugene Arte Latino.


Questions? Contact Jessica Watson at Lane Arts Council: artwalk@lanearts.org or 541-485-2278 (we are not regularly in the office at this point, due to COVID 19).