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Lane Arts Council is pleased to announce the third year of Fiesta Cultural,  a celebration of Latino art, culture, and heritage taking place September through December 2017.  Fiesta Cultural is a county-wide initiative to increase opportunities for integration of Latino individuals into the broader community through the arts.



Cottage Grove Art Walk
September 29, 6-8pm
Historic Downtown Cottage Grove

Antonio Huerta wows the crowds with Charreria (rope tricks).




An Evening with Maria Hinojosa
October 5, 7:30 pm
156 Straub Hall, University of Oregon

Maria Hinojosa is the host of NPR’s Latino USA and founder of the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization committed to producing ethical journalism from a POC perspective and representing the new American mainstream. Hinojosa will address the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2017-18 theme “We the People” from a Latin perspective.






Show: Brazilian Capoeira
October 7, 2pm
Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

Capoeira (Ka-po-Air-ah) is a Brazilian martial art combining dance, acrobatics, and music. Since its beginnings in the early 16th century, Capoeria has been known for quick and complex maneuvers using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins, and other techniques. At this show, Eugene Capoeira instructors Professor Brucutu (Davey Jackson) and Instructora Angoleira (Heather Figi) perform movements from contemporary Capoeira set to traditional music. They have over 30 years combined experience as practitioners and educators of Brazilian Capoeria.

Contact: Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish), www.eugene-or.gov/library



Family Fun: El Taller de Son Jarocho
October 8, 2pm
Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

Kids and family: Join El Taller de Son Jarocho for live music and dance of Veracruz.

Contact: Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish), www.eugene-or.gov/library



Make it! Skull Crafts for Day of the Dead
October 14, 11am– 2pm
BRING Recycling, 4446 Franklin Blvd
FREE with suggested $3 – $5 donation for materials

The Make it! workshops aim to inspire people to think differently about what they throw away and find ways to reuse material instead of discarding them. The skull crafts will pay homage to the Mexican culture’s iconic calavera, and be an opportunity to educate about why we see this symbolism so much throughout the month of October.



Play: Tomás & the Library Lady
October 14, 2:30pm
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St

This is a play with both Spanish and English, based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera.  Tomás, the son of migrant workers, spends long, hot days in the fields harvesting crops. But when he meets a kind librarian, she helps him find escape from the heat in the form of thousands of books. Soon his imagination takes off and Tomás discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and limitless possibilities. Through the magic of theater and songs, this heartwarming story illustrates the power of imagination, self-respect, and positive encouragement.




Photo by Russell J Young

Teatro Milagro presents Mijita Fridita
October 15, 4pm
Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W Broadway, Eugene

Against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, young Fridita, growing up in her family’s blue house in Coyoacan is diagnosed with polio. Bedridden, Fridita escapes into the world of her imagination, meets another girl that looks just like her, and together they journey to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of her imaginings. Back in the real world, her peers taunt her for being different, but her father Guillermo encourages her, and awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Strong and resilient, Fridita learns to overcome hardships and stay true to herself in order to become the legendary artist that continues to inspire.





Textile Traditions of Southern Mexico
October 17, 7pm
The Lincoln Gallery, 309 W 4th Ave, Eugene

Eugeneans might know the fall as the time to don green and yellow garb every Saturday for football season. But what if you lived in a place where everyone wore their hometown, handmade, green and yellow outfit everyday? Why would they do that and what would it mean?

This freewheeling travelogue examines the place that handmade clothing occupies in indigenous communities in Southern Mexico, where the textile arts remain a huge part of local culture. Textile lovers, creative types, people who like to travel, and those interested in indigenous wisdom will all find something to love.  Jewel Murphy, who has organized art and cultural tours to Oaxaca since 2011, and Mija Andrade are excited to share the work of  some of the artisans they have met. Textile arts that they will cover include backstrap and treadle loom weaving, embroidery, crochet, basketry, and more.  They will have samples of work for viewing and a selection of textile books to peruse.  Plus, learn more about nonprofits supporting women weavers in Mexico.




Day of the Dead Celebration
October 21, 2-4pm
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St

The community is invited to celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead at the Springfield Public Library. 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 a live musical performance. 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 for all ages, and will be held in the lobby just outside of the library.




Public Talk: Jose Antonio Vargas
October 24, 7pm
156 Straub Hall, University of Oregon

Jose Antonio Vargas is a well known cultural activist and speaker.  In this public talk, he will speak to the theme of “Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”

In 2011, he published a story in the New York Times Magazine titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Since then, he has devoted himself to changing the cultural and policy conversations about immigration through filmmaking and activism. He is the founder of two organizations.  Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization “that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship.” #EmergingUS is a digital platform that lives at the intersection of race, immigration, and identity; it is the first-ever media property owned by an undocumented immigrant. Vargas has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The Huffington Post. His documentary films include “Documented” and “White People.” He has also won many awards, including a Public Service Award from the National Council of La Raza, the country’s largest Latino/a advocacy organization; the Salem Award from the Salem Award Foundation, which draws upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692; and the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA.




Day of the Dead Celebration
October 27, 5:30-8:30pm
Downtown Languages, 532 C St, Springfield

This year, Downtown Languages combines this celebration with the inauguration of their school in its new location. They will have the delicious traditional food that includes tamales and pan de muerto, Latin American music, beautiful altars, activities for children, and more!


Day of the Dead Celebration
November 1 & 2, 6-9pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

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, flowers, and poetry remember and welcome souls journeying to the world of the living for a brief visit.



Family Fun: Ballet Folklórico Alma de México
November 12, 2pm
Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

Kids and family: Enjoy a show of traditional Mexican dances by the talented young performers of Ballet Folklórico Alma de México.

Contact: Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish), www.eugene-or.gov/library



Mexican Revolution Day – Los Últimos Zapatistas Héroes Olvidados
November 16, 4pm
110 Fenton, University of Oregon

In celebration of Día de la Revolución Mexicana (Mexican Revolution Day), the University of Oregon, along with Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, CLLAS and Eugene Arte Latino, present the documentary Los Últimos Zapatistas Héroes Olvidados, directed by Mexican Filmmaker Francesco Taboada. The documentary includes interviews with living witnesses who knew and lived with iconic figure Emiliano Zapata, leading general of the Mexican Revolution. The event includes speakers, live music, and refreshments.



Fiesta Navideña (Christmas Party)
December 9, 6-9pm
River Road Elementary School, 120 W Hilliard Ln, Eugene

Fiesta Navideña is a celebration of holiday traditions, food, music, and art from Latin America.





Club de Arte para Mamás (Art Club for Moms)
Saturdays, September 9, October 14, November 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Mondays, September 18, October 23, November 20, 9-10:30 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

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 donation from the Friends of the JSMA.




Cuentos Bilingües (Bilingual Stories)
October 7, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16, 11am
Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St

Join us at the Springfield Public Library for interactive bilingual stories, songs, and a craft. See the event calendars for more details. Families of all ages are welcome!






El Taller de Son Jarocho (Workshop)
Sundays, 3-5pm; Fridays, 5-7pm
Whiteaker Community Center, Clark and N. Jackson St, Eugene

Take local classes in the music and dance of southern Veracruz!  They provide extra jaranas (a guitar-like string instrument from Mexico) for students.   Sundays classes are for beginners from 3-5pm, while Fridays are more advanced classes from 5-7pm.



Cuentos y Canciones (Storytime in Spanish)
Every Saturday, 11:15am
Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road

Fun weekly storytime in Spanish, designed to help young children develop their ready-to-read skills as they grow. The whole family is welcome.

Contact: Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish), www.eugene-or.gov/library




Una Mirada De México, Photography Exhibit
September 1 – 30
Broadway Commerce Center, 44 W Broadway, Eugene

This exhibit showcases the work of Mexican photographers Fernando Soto, Mary Lule Chávez, Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa, Jessica Zapata, Guillermo Reza, and Arturo Medel.


Latin American Children Art Exhibit
September 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Children’s Language Center on 1st floor at Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

This Latin American art was created by students in the bilingual summer camps 2017, offered by founder of Eugene Arte Latino, Jessica Zapata, in Eugene.  Eugene Arte Latino works with local Latin American artists to lead unique and engaging arts programs, allowing young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression, and have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence.


Danzas de la memoria, Photography by Maricela Figueroa Zamilpa;
Tradiciones, de Morelos, en tu mano, Photography by Mary Lule
September 1– October 30
Children’s Center on 1st floor at Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

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.

Mary Lule recently co-found a sports photography business, covering races and sporting events.  She continues to study and learn more about her passion, photography, and focuses on nature photography of mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, the cascades, and more.


Cuba Ocho
Through October 8
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

A special interest of Executive Director Jill Hartz, contemporary Cuban art responds to the volatile political, economic, and cultural climate of Cuba today.  This exhibition features works acquired during Hartz’s 2015 trip to Cuba for its biennial international art exhibition, during which she was accompanied by members of the museum’s Leadership Council and collectors from California. Many of these works comment on race, gender, and power issues in humorous, elegant, and provocative ways. The exhibition is organized by Hartz and Amelia Anderson, a graduate student in art history at the University.


Through October 8
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Diálogos mines the JSMA’s growing collection of Latin American and Latino art to encourage dialogue around themes relevant to contemporary life. The exhibition features fourteen prints, photographs, kinetic sculptures, and mixed media installations by artists from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.




Honoring the Ancient Tradition of Día de los Muertos, by Marco Elliott
Throughout October
2nd Floor Reading room at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave

The exhibit features “calaveras” to honor the Mexican tradition of Día de Los Muertos and consists of several assemblages made with papier maché, found objects, and natural elements from the local forest, as well as prints and paintings. His work also touches on human rights issues, particularly focusing on the efforts of Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and current immigration issues.





24th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit
October 13 – November 3
Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave, Eugene

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 24th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit with artwork, altars, traditional dancing, music, and refreshments at the opening reception on Friday, October 13, from 6 – 9 pm. The Fiesta features music by Springfield High School’s Mariachi del Sol and a performance of traditional dances by Ballet Folklórico Alma de México, directed by Monica Olvera. The dancers, who range in age from three to seventeen years old, perform regional dances from the states of Jalisco, Sinaloa, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Michoacán.  The exhibit is on view through Friday, November 3.

The 2017 exhibit features artwork juried from a national call to artists. Local, regional, national, and international artists are represented in the exhibit, which includes mixed media, paintings, sculpture, photography, and other media inspired by the Día de los Muertos holiday.  In addition, altars created by individuals and groups in the community, including an altar by youth members of Amigos Multicultural Services Center, Juventud FACETA, commemorate the departed.

Another highlight of the Art Center’s annual exhibit is the Day of the Dead Gift Shop, which is stocked with authentic art objects collected from Mexican artists by Suzanne Algara of Buganvilla Imports.

Tours of the Día de los Muertos exhibit are offered in Spanish and English on selected days to students and the general public. For tour reservations, call the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571 or email staff@mkartcenter.org.


Mírame Bien: Portraits of Mexico by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston
Through December 10
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Mírame Bien (“Look at Me Well”) is an intimate look at the work of three photography masters in Mexico in the 1920s and ’30s. The exhibition investigates how shifting identities of “insider” and “outsider” affect images of people, places, and things.



Special thanks to our sponsors National Endowment for the Arts, City of Eugene Cultural Services & EUGfun!, Oregon Arts Commission, Law Offices of Lourdes Sánchez, Valle-Wuite Family, Radio Unica, LA QUE BUENA 97.7, KLCC, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and our partners Centro Latino Americano, Downtown Languages, Eugene ArteLatino, Salseros Dance Company, Huerto de la Familia, and LULAC of Lane County.

Lane Arts Council receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Questions?  Contact:  Jessica Watson, Lane Arts Council, 541-485-2278, artwalk@lanearts.org



Previous 2017 Fiesta Cultural events:

  • First Friday ArtWalk
  • Omar Rojas: Son Jarocho Music & Dance
  • Fiesta Cultural on the South Willamette
  • Sounds of the Past: Music of Ancient Mexico