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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.

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.

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.

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 30
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.

39th Annual Día de los Muertos Virtual Celebration: Virtual music, dance, and poetry program

Enjoy the YouTube Premiere of the 39th annual Día de los Muertos celebration with two unique concerts by Ensamble Almas de Cuerdas in Oaxaca, Mexico, dancing by Eduardo Lira and Pamela García from Guanajuato, Mexico, and student poetry readings. 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 Division of Equity and Inclusion, Secretaría del Migrante y Enlace Internacional de Guanajuato, Ensamble Alma de Cuerdas, and Biblioteca Pública Central Estatal de Oaxaca.

Watch Day 1 of the Celebration featuring Oak Hill School; Watch Day 2 of the Celebration featuring MEChA de UO.

Puerto Rican Cooking Online
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
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.

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  
  • Día de los Muertos, 27th Annual Exhibit at Maude Kerns Art Center
  • Bilingual Virtual Talk with Fernando Soto: “Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco”
  • Calavera Take & Make Kits, presented by BRING Recycling
  • Book Give-Away for Kids and Teens at Eugene Public Library
  • Free Fiesta Cultural Craft Kits for Kids  at the Eugene Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos Community Altars and Procession – Springfield Public Library
  • Día de los Muertos Altar – Cottage Grove
  • Piñata Making Workshop for Children and their Families
  • Transcultural Bridges and Political Activism: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956” – Virtual Talk

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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!