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Lane Arts Council is pleased to announce the 5th year of Fiesta Cultural! Lane County’s largest celebration of Latinx arts and culture, Fiesta Cultural features over forty multicultural events happening September through December 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 and EUGfun!Law Offices of Lourdes SánchezConfederated Tribes of Siletz IndiansJuntos (Program of Emergence), SELCO Community Credit UnionMonarcas de EugeneJordan Schnitzer Museum of ArtTacovoreCentro Latino Americano, and Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

Thank you to our community partners: La Qué BuenaLa E-KissHuerto de la FamiliaKLCCDowntown LanguagesSalseros Dance Company, League of United Latin American Citizens, and Eugene Arte Latino.

NOVEMBER EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Madre’s Club
11/9, 12/14, 2-3:30pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon campus, Eugene
Free
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This community art club is for Spanish speaking mothers interested in expressing their creativity and increasing their artistic abilities.  Children are invited to come and create their own artworks.

 

La Gringa (a Spanish language play) by Carmen Rivera
Saturday, November 9, 7pm; Sunday, November 10, 2pm
The Very Little Theatre (2350 Hilyard Street), Eugene
Tickets: $5
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Minority Voices Theatre presents a staged reading of the Spanish language play, La Gringa, by award winning playwright Carmen Rivera. La Gringa is the story of a young woman’s search for her identity. María Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Once María is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa. If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico – she wonders if she belongs anywhere.

Directed by Victoria Quintanilla, this play explores the experience of finding oneself caught between two cultures and of finding an authentic identity regardless of nation, country, or cultural roots. The entire event will be presented in Spanish.

 

Cultural Heroes of the Americas
Wednesday, November 13, 6pm
Downtown Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave), Eugene
FREE
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A bilingual presentation by Jim Garcia, sharing stories of people in Latin America and the United States whose vision inspired a more inclusive America.  Garcia teaches and serves as Chicano/Latino Student Program Coordinator at Lane Community College.

 

 

Eugene Piñatas Festival 2019
Saturday, November 16, 4-9pm
First United Methodist Church of Eugene (1376 Olive St), Eugene
FREE!
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A family event promoting Latino culture and fostering community integration. The event includes an art piñata contest, workshop for children, music, potluck, and more!  This event is organized by LULAC of Lane County and friends.

For more information, to register for the contest, or to volunteer for the event, call 541-337-6294 or email infolulaclane@gmail.com. Event Organizer: LULAC of Lane County. Volunteer Leader: patito_ledo@yahoo.com

 

Family Fun: Piel Canela
Sunday, November 17, 2pm
Downtown Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave), Eugene
FREE
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A bilingual show featuring songs of Mexico by the musical duo Piel Canela.

[Note: the originally announced performer for this date was Sol de America/Soul of America.]

 

 

 

 

SUGAR SKULL! A Día de Los Muertos Musical Adventure
Sunday, November 17, 11am & 3pm
Hult Center, Eugene
Boletos: $25-$28.50
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Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.

 

Salsa Nights at Salseros Dance Studio
Every Friday, 9pm-12:30am
Salseros Dance Studio (1626 Willamette Street), Eugene
$6 before 9:30pm, $8 after 9:30pm, $14 on evenings with Descarga 54
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Join the salsa party every Friday!  DJ Jose Cruz plays the hottest salsa music, and once a month, they feature Descarga 54, a 13-piece salsa band.  A beginner salsa class taught by Jose Cruz and Salseros Dance Company instructors starts at 9pm, with the salsa dance party starting at 10pm. All ages welcome, no experience or partner necessary to attend.

 

Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus
September 7, 2019 – February 23, 2020
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon campus, Eugene

Museum Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors, Free for children under 18, college students with ID, museum members
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The JSMA’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition supports the UO’s 2019-20 “Common Reading” of Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. In the book, the resilient protagonist, 13-year-old Estrella, works in the hot California grape fields while navigating the realities of first love, financial struggle, family separation, and illness. For more information about the “Common Reading,” including upcoming university events, visit commonreading.uoregon.edu.

Two special loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) by artists Emanuel Martinez and Domingo Ulloa anchor the exhibition. Martinez created Farm Workers’ Altar (1967) for the Catholic Mass held in Delano, California, at which labor activist César Chávez broke his twenty five-day fast in 1968. Ulloa, “The Father of Chicano Art,” painted Braceros (1960) after visiting a labor camp in Holtville, California. From 1942 through 1964, the U.S. government invited agricultural workers from Mexico for limited-duration assignments to relieve the worker shortage caused by World War II. Ulloa presented a sobering view of the reality of life for these braceros (from the Spanish for “one who works using his arms,” implying manual labor), who experienced poor working conditions, crowded living quarters, and other challenges while employed in the United States. These special loans provide historical and cultural touchstones for Viramontes’s 1995 novel and contemporary works from the JSMA’s permanent collection, including recent acquisitions by Ester Hernández, Victor Maldonado, and Lilliam Nieves.

Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.

 

 

DECEMBER EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Mariachi of the Shedd Performance
Saturday, December 7, 12pm
The Shedd Institute, 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.

 

Bilingual Family Music Time
First Saturday every month, 10:15am at Downtown Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave), Eugene
FREE
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Bring young children to sing along in Spanish and English with local musicians.

 

Posada Navideña (Christmas Celebration)
Friday, December 13, 6-9pm
326 Centennial Blvd, Springfield

Come celebrate the holiday festivities with the community!  Alex Reyna from La E-Kiss will emcee the event, which includes a meal, music, and dance.

Special thanks to Hamlin Middle School, Son Jarocho, Grupo Folklórico Raíces de Oregon, Sol Ritmo, and Miggs for their support of this event.

 

 

 

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SUBMIT YOUR EVENT

If you or your organization is planning an event, program, or exhibition happening between September-December 2019 that aligns with Fiesta Cultural, it may be included in our promotions. Contact Jessica Watson at Lane Arts Council: artwalk@lanearts.org or 541-485-2278