Teach your children well
Spanish Market weekend is branching out thanks to the National Hispanic Cultural Center and El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. “Somos Uno — We Are One” is a new youth arts festival intended to celebrate multicultural mentoring. The free festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.).
“The perpetuation of art comes from nurturing the next generation,” said Roger Montoya, the coordinator of the event. “We feel it is important to preserve our cultural traditions, but our children also need to hear the message that it’s important to cross boundaries and to share. We’re trying to shift the paradigm during Spanish Market. It’s not so much about commerce — it’s about art and those magical moments when knowledge is exchanged.”
The festival, which kicks off with a native Tewa blessing, includes a mask-making workshop, storytelling, dance and music performances, hula-hooping and stilt walking, an African drumming and dance class, a drama workshop, an indigenous dance workshop, a teen poetry performance, a circus, colcha embroidery workshops, and a screening of the Santa Fe Symphony’s multicultural educational film, We Are the Music.
Six well-known arts mentors will be celebrated during the festival. Tewa elder Andy Garcia has been teaching dance, singing, and drumming to young people for decades. Armando Adrian López, a Michoacan artist based in New Mexico, is renowned for his use of plant materials in sculptures and other works. Faye Viarrial is a Santa Clara Pueblo storyteller and language teacher who works in area public schools. Españolabased Roger Montoya teaches painting and dance to young people. Rulan Tangen is a highly acclaimed dancer who heads an indigenous-contemporary company called Dancing Earth. Sculptor Stephanie Huerta is well known for her bronze body casts and multidisciplinary work. All of these artists will collaborate with the children participating in festival activities. For more information, call 927-0108 or visit www.somosuno.us.
— Michael Wade Simpson