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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.


Events will take place both virtually and in-person. See the calendar below for the many ways you can participate.

Bilingual Virtual Talk with Fernando Soto: “Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco 
Saturday, November 1, 2020, 12pm 
On Zoom; to register visit www.nochecultural.com 
During the talk, Fernando Soto Vidal will discuss his photographic work that focuses on hanging offerings, a pre-Hispanic tradition that is still preserved by families of the indigenous community of Coatetelco, as part of their celebrations of the Day of Dead. 
Fernando Soto Vidal has shown his work in 100 group exhibitions and has had more than 30 individual exhibitions both in Mexico and abroad. Soto Vidal’s presentation will be translated into English. This event is presented by Noche Cultural and Eugene Arte Latino. 
To stay informed about this event, follow Noche Cultural and Eugene Arte Latino on Facebook or visit Eugene Arte Latino’s wordpress or Noche Cultural’s website. 
A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed at least 24 hours before the talk. 
We are grateful for the support of the Springfield Public Library for the support they gave us to carry out this event.  Photo by Fernando Soto Vidal.

39th Annual Día de los Muertos Virtual Celebration: Outdoor altar viewing
Sunday, November 1, 12-5pm and Monday, November 2, 4-6pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art North and South Courtyards

For more information please go to https://jsma.uoregon.edu/

 39th Annual Día de los Muertos Virtual Celebration: Virtual music, dance, and poetry program
November 1 and 2, 5-6pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Facebook live

For more information please go to https://jsma.uoregon.edu/

Springfield is observing el Día de los Muertos with multiple cultural offerings that bring our community together during this challenging time. Join any and all activities including:

  • Free Make-Your-Own-Altar kits
  • Springfield Community Altar, hosted at the Springfield History Museum
  • Community altar competition with awesome local prizes
  • Virtual artist workshops
  • Outdoor procession in the heart of downtown that is physically distanced with masks for community safety
  • Self-guided tour of participating downtown business altars

Calavera Take & Make Kits
October 5 – November 2, Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Pick up at BRING Recycling (4446 Franklin Blvd), Eugene 
$5 – $10 per kit, pay what you can

BRING will offer ‘Take & Make’ Calavera kits in lieu of our annual DIY on-site workshop. Customers can pick up their very own kit which will include: 1 black plywood skull cut out and bag of reusable decorations like broken tile pieces, beads, shells, color gravel, and more. Available for $5 – $10 per kit, pay what you can. Participants make their calavera face at home using glue and other found pieces. Share a photo with the hashtag #BRINGCalaveras2020, so we can reshare on our social media accounts!  

BRING is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit recyclers. We encourage people to rethink what they use and what they throw away. We help our community keep useful items out of the landfill, find ways to use less stuff, reuse as many things as possible, and recycle the rest. Our Take & Make calavera kit aligns with Fiesta Cultural by celebrating the Dia de los Muertos tradition of creating skulls around this Mexican holiday. 

Madre’s Club – Art Workshops in Spanish
Saturdays, November 7, December 5
On Zoom; to register: Send an email to eugeneartelatino@yahoo.com with the subject: Madre’s Club

Madre’s Club is a community art club for Spanish-speaking mothers who want to express their creativity and improve their art skills. Children are invited to participate and create their own works of art. Classes will be held via Zoom and a packet with the necessary materials will be provided after registration. 

To stay informed about the event, follow Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Modern Art or Eugene Arte Latino on Facebook or visit Eugene Arte Latino’s wordpress.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed at least 24 hours before the workshop. Photos by Jessica Zapata.

Piñata Making Workshop for Children and their Families 
Saturdays, November 7 and 14, 10-11: 30am
On Zoom; to register: Send an email to eugeneartelatino@yahoo.com Subject: Registration for the piñata class

Have fun learning how to make a piñata with your family! Materials will be provided. This workshop is limited to 70 people.  

To stay informed about this event, follow Noche Cultural and Eugene Arte Latino on Facebook or visit Eugene Arte Latino’s wordpress or Noche Cultural’s website.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed at least 24 hours before the workshop. 

A Play Reading: Maria Indomable by Dorothy Velasco
Monday, November 9 – Thursday, December 31st

Minority Voices Theatre and Very Little Theatre’s Virtual Little Theatre present a virtual play reading in Spanish of Maria Indomable by Dorothy Velasco. Maria Felix, the queen of classic Mexican film, unexpectedly encounters her ex-husband, Agustin Lara, the equally famous composer of romantic music. They resolve their unfinished business with edgy, affectionate wit. This 10-minute comedy is directed by Victoria Quintanilla and features Mago Gilson and Roberto Peralta.

“Transcultural Bridges and Political Activism: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956”
Friday, November 13, 12 -1pm
Online: Register here

As part of the Eugene Public Library Foundation’s lunch break series In Conversation with Experts and Enthusiasts, join JSMA curator Cheryl Hartup and UO student Wendy Echeverría García for a virtual presentation on the museum’s current exhibition showcasing printmaking in post-revolutionary Mexico. Imagen: Diego Rivera.

Virtual Concert with the Mexican Group Son de Barranca 
Sunday, December 6, 12pm 
On Zoom; to register visit www.nochecultural.com 
A concert to spread and share the traditional music of Mexico with children, youth, and adults.  
To stay informed about this event, follow Noche Cultural and Eugene Arte Latino on Facebook or visit Eugene Arte Latino’s wordpress or Noche Cultural’s website. 
A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed at least 24 hours before the concert. 
Son de Barranca is made up of young people with extensive experience in the field of traditional music and dance, who have participated in important festivals at the state, national, and international level. In addition to performing, they conduct research within the communities to record and treasure the wonderful teachings shared by people who every day are part of our great dance and musical wealth.

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.

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.

Día de los Muertos, 27th Annual Exhibit
October 9th through November 2nd, Monday – Friday, 10am-5:30pm, Saturday 12-4pm
Maude Kerns Art Center (1910 E 15th Ave), Eugene
Suggested donation: $3 per person, $5 per family

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 27th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit in 2020 with artwork, community altars, and a Day of the Dead Gift Shop.

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Souls and All Saints days. On November 1 and 2, the dead are thought to return to partake in the activities of the living. Holiday activities include the creation of altars that welcome deceased loved ones.

The Día de los Muertos Exhibit features artwork in a variety of media, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic painting, pen and ink, block print, linocut, papier mâché, fabric, digital art, scratchboard, assemblage, photography, oil painting, and mixed media. In addition to artwork, the Día de los Muertos Exhibit includes altars created by individuals and community groups

A Day of the Dead Gift Shop presented by Suzanne Algara of Buganvilla Imports features authentic crafts created by Mexican artists, including Catrina figures, Day of the Dead dogs, nichos (decorative religious altars), milagros (charms), an array of skulls, and more. Algara, who was born in Mexico, returns to her native country each year and works with artists from a number of different Central Mexican states. 

Textile Show, featuring work by Collectivo Mujeres Con Alas
October 2 – December 15th
Hours: Mon, Tu, Th, F, Sa 10-6pm; Wed 10-1pm
ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery (25 E 8th Ave) 

Three women originally from Mexico comprise this collective (Collectivo Mujeres Con Alas – Women with Wings Collective). This collection includes woven and embroidered servilletas, napkins, pillow cases, and small bags.

“Mexico, Beautiful and Loved,” artwork by Isabel Dutroncy
October 9 – November 12
1059 Willamette St, Eugene
Website  / Facebook

Isabel was born and raised in Mexico City, her father Mexican, and her mother French. She traveled to France and through Mexico therefore growing up in a mixture of cultures and languages. Together with her family she visited museums, churches, galleries, castles, and ancient ruins most Sundays throughout her childhood. From this Isabel developed her love for ancient civilizations.

She moved to Oregon in 1980 but continually traveled back to Mexico to visit family, and together with her father, traced her native Mexican ancestry back to a small tribe called the “Chocholtecas” in the north part of the state of Oaxaca. Isabel and her husband Ed visit Oaxaca often and plan to semi-retire during the winters there.

In 2006 while visiting Mexico with Ed, Isabel found herself tour guide and tourist, looking at the pre-Hispanic civilizations and the colonial art in a new way. Feeling the need to bring back some of the beautiful history, myths and beliefs of those now gone, Ed gave her the idea to do it through painting. With his encouragement and teaching, Isabel took a brush for the first time in the summer of 2006 and began to paint. Oil paints and wood panels were chosen, which allowed work on a table top or easel and the support needed for ceramic tile frames.

The style of her paintings goes from naïve to pictorial to representative. She has “Bodegones” Spanish word for: Still life; shows a post Colombian style, with the combination of the old and new worlds using pottery, foods, and toys, from both cultures, she makes her own 2” x 2” terracotta tiles to frame some of the paintings. She also has “Places of Sanctuary,” these are beautiful haciendas, churches, and patios where you can travel into the painting and find sanctuary from everyday life. With “Sunset of a Civilization” you will find the myths, legends, and everyday life of the pre-Hispanic civilizations come to life. And in her “Sunrises & Sunsets” you will take the sun with you and enjoy it every day of the year. She is constantly evolving and looking for ways to bring a smile, a happy thought, a memory to you. She also works with gourd tiles to bring more of her culture to life.

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


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.

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

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.

Free Fiesta Cultural Craft Kits for Kids 
Starting Friday, September 4th; while supplies last  
All Eugene Public Library locations  

Kids: pick up a free craft kit to make your own Latin American folk art project, created by Jessica Zapata of Eugene Arte Latino. Get yours starting Friday, September 4 at the Downtown Library on Friday, Saturday, or Tuesday, 10am-6pm; or on Wednesday or Thursday, 12pm-8pm. (The library is closed on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 7.) Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Puerto Rican Cooking Online
Starting Friday, September 4  
Eugene Public Library’s YouTube

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.

Bilingual Storytime  Online
Starting Friday, September 4 
Online: Eugene Public Library’s YouTube (www.YouTube.com/EugeneLRCS

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.

Book Give-Away for Kids and Teens 
All of September (see times below)
All Eugene Public Library locations  

Children and teens: pick  up a free brand-new book to keep,  courtesy of the Friends of Eugene Public Library. Books are available in English and Spanish. Drop by at the Downtown Library (curbside): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am-6pm; or Wednesday and Thursday, 12pm-8pm. Or drop by at Bethel and Sheldon (indoors): Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm. (The library is closed on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 7.) Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. 

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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. 

Previous 2020 events:

  • 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  

Title Sponsor: The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace connects people to coverage and to help paying for coverage. Ready to learn more? Get started at OregonHealthCare.gov. 

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

Thank you to our community partners: La Qué BuenaLa E-KissCentro Latino AmericanoHuerto de la FamiliaDowntown LanguagesSalseros Dance Company, League 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).


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!