Teach your chil­dren well

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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

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