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Lane Arts Council is excited to announce the fourth year of Fiesta Cultural, a county-wide multicultural initiative celebrating the rich diversity of Latinx arts, culture and heritage in Lane County. Fiesta Cultural creates opportunities for inclusion through the arts, highlights Latinx artists of many different nationalities, and connects the community with Latinx cultures through welcoming programs and events. The festival will kick-off September 7th, 2018 in Kesey Square and continue September-December with community events throughout Lane County.

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.

Fiesta Cultural Kick-Off & First Friday ArtWalk

Co-presented with the City of Eugene Cultural Services
Friday, September 7th, 5:30-9:30pm
Kesey Square (Broadway & Willamette), Downtown Eugene

The 4th annual Fiesta Cultural kick-off celebration begins at 5:30pm with a dance and charrería showcase. Join the dance party at 6pm for Los Cumbiamberos, followed by Portland sensation Son de Cuba at 7:30pm.  Other highlights include a bilingual guided art tour, youth art activities, printmaking by Eugene Printmakers, piñatas, and tasty food. Presented in partnership with the City of Eugene Cultural Services. 

Also visit the 25+ ArtWalk venues open for the evening, all showcasing original work by local artists. For more information, visit the First Friday ArtWalk page.


Fiesta Cultural Events:

Art & Nature with Jessica Zapata
Saturday, September 8th, 4pm-7:30 pm
Bethel Farm/Garden, between Prairie Mountain Middle School (5305 Royal Ave) and Kalapuya High School (1200 N Terry St), Eugene

Children will create art projects with recycled materials and elements of nature.


South Willamette Art Walk
Saturday, September 8th, 3:30pm-9:30pm
Marina’s Art Studio/Harmony Roadhouse Music studios, 2650 Willamette St and
Instaprint, 2646 Willamette St, Eugene
FREE! – donations accepted for Huerto de la Familia

3:30-8pm: Art Show at Marina’s Art Studio showing watercolors and paintings from Guatemalan artist Juan Alberto Yuc.
4:30-6pm: Lets Dance / Vamos a bailar “Hayyyy Caliente” DJ Ricardo Cardenas
6-7:30pm: Instaprint hosts Classic Guitarist Ricardo Cardenas
8pm: Evening of art songs, arias and duets with Messo Soprano Alexandra Perez Urbina, Soprano Paige Kiefner, and Pianist Ursula Damgaard. Refreshments will be served.

Ricardo Cárdenas is a classically trained guitarist with a beautiful repertoire. His performances carries the listener on a Latin American musical journey of exotic styles and countries, through the melodic Venezuelan “waltz”, the sophisticated “choro” from Brazil, the nostalgic “milonga” from Argentina, just to mention a few.


Salsa/Bachata Social Dance
Saturday, September 8th, 6-9:30pm
Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St, Eugene
$5 cover

Heat up the Dance Floor! Come solo or bring a friend! Beginning Salsa lesson from 6-6:30 pm taught by Florabelle Moses, followed by a social/open dance from 6:30-9:30 pm. D.J. El Negro Candela will be playing Salsa, Bachata, and Cumbia music throughout the night. All levels welcome. Stay tuned for more events each month!


Poetry Reading by Jesús Sepúlveda
, September 15th, 7:30pm
Marina’s Art Studio, 2650 Willamette St, Eugene

Jesús Sepúlveda is an internationally recognized Chilean poet who teaches at the University of Oregon. He is the author of nine collection of poetry and three books of essays, including his green-anarchist manifesto The Garden of Peculiarities, his book on Latin American poetry Poets on the Edge, and his poetry collections Hotel Marconi and Poemas de un bárbaro.


Viva La Salsa!
Saturday, September 15th, 9pm-2am
The Lounge, 2043 River Rd, Eugene
$15 cover

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day by dancing Salsa Cubana with one of the best timba & salsa bands Son De Cuba! Free salsa lesson from 9-10pm, live music from 10:30pm-2am. 21 & Over.

Son De Cuba es una banda de Salsa que nos hara bailar, y gozar toda la noche, no te lo pierdas! Viva La Salsa!


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday, September 22nd, 5-8pm
Springfield City Hall, 225 5th St, Springfield

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

5:00 – 5:15 Welcome and music by a DJ
5:15 – 5:45 Argentinean music with Craig Eihorn
5:45 – 6:00 Ceremony in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month
6:00 – 6:30 Eugene Capoeira
6:30 – 7:00 Folkloric Dances
7:00 – 8:00 Traditional Mexican band and open dance floor.

The event also includes piñatas for the children during the event. This family event is presented by the Union of Charro Associations of Oregon, Eugene Arte Latino & Antonio Huerta in collaboration with our sponsors, The Law Offices of Lourdes Sánchez, SELCO, Lane Community Collage, Downtown Languages, Taquería Alonso Dos Arbolitos & GLAD.


Teatro Milagro presents ¡Corre! ¡Corre!, a family play
Saturday, September 22nd, 2pm
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield

This free bilingual play will be entertaining for the whole family! Teatro Milagro out of Portland provides high quality live theater and this is a special opportunity for families and community members to see one of their engaging plays here in Lane County.

Inspired by the real life stories of Tarahumara runners, ¡Corre! ¡Corre! shares the story of a young girl and her coach, who sees her potential as an Olympic competitor. Renowned for their incredible long distance running ability, the Tarahumara are the indigenous people from the northwestern region of Mexico. ¡Corre! ¡Corre! uses mythical imagery, dance movement, and poetic narrative to showcase a cultural perspective that inspires athleticism and perseverance.

Teatro Milagro is Milagro’s national touring company. Four teaching artists perform the programs and lead workshops and residencies. In the 2017 – 2018 season, Milagro teaching artists reached over 12,000 students in grades kindergarten to graduate school. Workshops and residencies are designed with existing curriculum of teachers in mind.”  Spread the word about this amazing free event!

Teatro Milagro out of Portland provides high quality live theater and this is a special opportunity for families and community members to see one of their engaging plays here in Lane County.


The Cottage Grove Art Walk
Friday, September 28th, 6-8pm
Opal Center for Art and Education, 513 E Main St, Cottage Grove

This Art Walk features work by Latino artists.


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

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 25th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit with artwork, altars, traditional dancing, music, and refreshments at the Opening Reception Fiesta.

A variety of media is 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.


Make it! Skull Crafts
Saturday, October 13th, 11 am-2pm
BRING, 4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene
$3 – $5 suggested donation for materials

Calavera is the name for artistic representations of the human skull which, you may notice, start appearing more frequently in the fall. Dating back to the 17th century, decorative and edible calaveras are customarily made for children or as offerings to be placed on alters during the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. On October 13th, BRING hosts a community D-I-Y skull crafting workshop in partnership with Centro Latino Americano. Give discarded, dead materials new life while you decorate your very own mosaic calavera.


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 our 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.  More info: http://www.lloronamusic.com/


Storytime in Spanish
Monday, September 24th, 6:30pm – Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene
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 Street, 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.

Club comunitario de arte para madres de habla hispana que desean expresar su creatividad y mejorar sus destrezas de arte. Los ninos están invitados a venir y crear sus propios trabajos de arte. Este programa es gratuito y se encuentra financiado por una subvención de la 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, 1626 Willamette St, Vet’s Club 2nd floor, Eugene
$8 Cover / Only $6 Before 9:30pm        

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


Bi-lingual Open Studio Class for Adults
Saturdays from 10am-12:30pm, starting September 22nd
OSLP Arts & Culture Program, 309 W 4th Ave, Eugene

Open Studio is a place where artists can work independently on their own projects, try out new mediums, or work collaboratively with others. The OSLP Arts & Culture Program breaks down barriers to participation in the arts for people of all abilities and builds bridges to a more diverse and inclusive community.


Taller de son Jarocho, zapateado en jarana clases
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
Various locations

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
  • TBA: play at Springfield High School, 875 7th St, Springfield (not confirmed)

We are Neighbors (1/2-hr play)

  • Sunday, September 16, at 10am church services at First Congregational Church, 1050 E 23rd Ave, Eugene
  • Saturday, October 13th, 6-8pm at the Blue Door Theatre, Lane Community College, 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
  • TBA: play at Marist High School, 1900 Kingsley Rd, Eugene (not confirmed)

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 http://www.calclane.org/programs/we-are-neighbors/ 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


Danzas de la memoria
photographs by Mexican artist, Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa
September 7th through November 31st, 2018
Children’s Center at Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene

Supported by the Mexican Consulate in Portland, IMEXCID, and Eugene Public Library.


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


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 http://www.calclane.org/programs/we-are-neighbors/ or call CALC at 541.485.1755 or email backtoback@calclane.org



Special thanks to our Fiesta Cultural sponsors City of Eugene Cultural Services & EUGfun!, Law Offices of Lourdes Sánchez, Starseed Foundation, Tacovore, Eugene Emeralds, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Hecht & Norman, and our partners Centro Latino Americano, Downtown Languages, Eugene ArteLatino, Salseros Dance Company, and Huerto de la Familia.