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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 Foundation, Tacovore, 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.


Fiesta Cultural Events:

Día De Los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, October 20th, 2-4pm
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield


The community is invited to celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead. Traditionally, this holiday is observed on November 1 and 2 in many Latin American countries as a way to honor those who have passed away. Springfield’s celebration will include elements from many different countries including folkloric music and dance performances. Attendees can make cascarones (festive confetti-filled eggshells), decorate sugar skulls and participate in other fun family-friendly crafts. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free, for all ages, and will be held in the lobby just outside of the library. Event brought to you by a sponsorship from Joan Gray and Harris Hoffman.


Día de los Muertos Celebration
Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd, 6-9pm

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene

The JSMA honors this annual celebration of life and death that takes place in Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and Latino communities in the United States. Altars with offerings, and traditional art, music, dance, food, and poetry remember and welcome souls journeying to the world of the living for a brief visit. The celebration features and exhibition of prints and paintings by artists from Guanajuato, Mexico. 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 Office of Equity and Inclusion, el Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato, el Instituto Estatal de Migrante Guanajuatense y sus familias.


Piñatas Festival
Saturday, November 17th, 4-9pm
First United Methodist Church of Eugene, 1376 Olive St, Eugene

A family event to promote Latino pride and foster community integration through art, music, and culture. The event features an exhibition, contest and the workshop “Art in Piñata,” as well as music, food, and fun activities for children. Free and open to the public, sponsored by LULAC of Lane County and Friends.

More information: patito_ledo@yahoo.com


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.


Latino Family Fun Night  
Fridays, September 7th, November 2nd, January 4th, March 1st, May 3rd, 5:30-7pm
Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene

A free dinner, kids’ craft and entertainment is provided. These events are open to all members of the community, and they have a Latino inspired meal available.


Llorona Concerts
Sunday, September 9th, 2-4pm – Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene
Saturday, September 29th, 7pm – Sam Bonds Brewing at the Foundry (a farewell for now concert), 540 E 8th Ave, Eugene

With a combined musical experience of 100 year or so, the four members of Llorona have been playing the Eugene music scene in notable bands such as Son Melao, Mood Area 52, The Long Hello, The Peter Wilde Band, and The Crawdads of Pure Love.  They combine their talents to bring you ghost stories, tales of love and loss, truths and dreams at the crossroads of traditional Mexican and contemporary styles.  It’s a beautiful and haunting experience of an enigmatic category that might best be called ghost folk.


Storytime in Spanish
Monday, September 24th, 6:30pm – Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene – Event info
Saturday, October 27th, 3pm  – Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd, Eugene


Bring the kids to listen to stories and sing in Spanish!


Bilingual Storytime
Saturdays, October 6th, November 3rd, 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: October 13th, 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 3rd Thursday of the month, 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


Digital Art & Painting Class
Saturdays, Oct 6th – Dec 15, 10am-12:30pm
The Lincoln Gallery, 309 W 4th Ave, Eugene

Come explore some magical digital tools with a focus on drawing and painting! Marcos Rockwell has been playing with computer art for about three decades now and it never ceases to amuse, astound, and amaze him!  This class is a prototype and the direction that this class takes will depend on the needs and interests of the participating artists. Marcos’ own idea is to create an interactive loop between the digital art realm and the canvas with real paint. The beauty of digital media is that it can be done even on a smart phone or portable iPad as well as Mac or windows platforms and immediately shared around the world or sent to a printer.  Marcos hopes to be able to accommodate the needs of beginning digital artists as well as offer an environment suitable for those with more experience. They will have some equipment available but it would be a good idea to bring along your smart phone or iPad or laptop, if you have one available.



Taller de Son Jarocho Workshops
Every sunday, year-round, 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.


Now I Am Your Neighbor/ We are Neighbors
A play telling the true stories of Lane County immigrants
September 14-16th, October 13-14th, and November 11th

Now I am your Neighbor (1-hr play)

  • Friday, September 14, at 7:30pm at the Very Little Theatre Stage Left, 2350 Hilyard St, Eugene
  • Saturday, September 15, at 7:30pm at the Very Little Theatre Stage Left, 2350 Hilyard St, Eugene
  • Sunday, September 16, at 2pm at the Very Little Theatre Stage Left, 2350 Hilyard St, Eugene
  • Thursday, September 20, at 7:30pm at the Wildish Theater, 630 Main St, Springfield
  • Saturday, October 13th, 6-8pm at the Blue Door Theatre, Lane Community College, Eugene

We are Neighbors (1/2-hr play)

  • Sunday, September 16, at 10am church services at First Congregational Church, 1050 E 23rd Ave, Eugene
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2-4pm at Lutheran Church United, 2230 Washington St, Eugene (Hosted by Friendly Area Neighbors, the play will be followed by a presentation on “Why Don’t They Just Get in Line? How our immigration system works, or doesn’t?”)
  • Sunday, November 11, at 1pm at Unity of the Valley Church, 3912 Dillard Rd, Eugene

About the play: Now I am your Neighbor (one-hour play) and We Are Neighbors (30 minute play) are original plays telling the true stories of courage, hopefulness and resilience of immigrants and refugees living in Lane County. Originally produced by Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), in partnership with Minority Voices Theatre (MVT), in fall 2017, the play was inspired by a piece created and performed 20 years ago, as part of the “We Are Neighbors” project of CALC and Network for Immigrant Justice, which included the play, and a photography exhibit and quilt, all featuring Lane County immigrants.

The new play includes references from the original play but is primarily based on new interviews with members of some of the most targeted and marginalized groups living in the Eugene-Springfield area, including Muslims, undocumented immigrants, DREAMers, and Syrian refugees. These stories, generously shared, were woven together in a creative narrative by local playwright Nancy Hopps, in collaboration with a creative team. Directed by Carol Dennis, the play will be produced as a staged reading by readers who are immigrants themselves or very close to the immigrant experience. The countries of origin and experiences of all of those featured in the play are indeed diverse. Participants emigrated from Palestine, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Madagascar, and Syria.

The performances are followed by a community discussion in which members of the audience are welcome to share their feedback, experience and observations.  For more information, visit their website or call CALC at 541.485.1755 or email backtoback@calclane.org. To host the play, contact Therese Picado at theres@picadocurtis.net or 541-556-8011.


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.


Look Me in the Eye — A Celebration of Diversity
September 7 – 28, 2018
The Lincoln Gallery, 309 W 4th Ave, Eugene            

Oregon Supported Living Program’s Lincoln Gallery is dedicating the month to exploring a community conversation around inclusion, using their gallery, and partnerships with local and regional visual and performing artists and arts organizations, including members of the Latinx community.


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.


25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibit
Opening Fiesta: Friday, October 12th, 6-9pm
Exhibit: October 12 – November 2
Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave, Eugene

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 25th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit with a variety of media represented, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. In addition to artwork, the Día de los Muertos Exhibit includes commemorative altars created by individuals and community groups, including an altar by Amigos Multicultural Services Center’s Juventud FACETA . A Day of the Dead Gift Shop with Suzanne Algara of Buganvilla Imports showcases calaveras, milagros, and other traditional Day of the Dead items from Mexico.

Tours of the Día de los Muertos exhibit are offered in Spanish and English on selected days to students and the general public.


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.