Viva La Vida! 2015
Why We Celebrate el Dia de los Muertos
The cultural diversity of the west Michigan area is very special and contributes to the quality of life for the members of our community.
To celebrate and honor this diversity the Holland Area Arts Council partners with the Holland Museum, the Herrick District Library, Holland's International Relations Commission, Latin Americans United for Progress, Grand Valley State University Mejier Campus in Holland, West Ottawa High School and other community organizers in a Hispanic Celebration from September through October.
Collaboration is important to the arts community. It allows us to increase our capacity and celebrate all our area’s rich, cultural traditions while maximizing the resources that have been entrusted to our organizations.
Hispanic Awareness Month Events
Perspectivas: Photography by Luis Fonseca, Roli Mancera and Raul Alejandro Velasco
Holland Area Arts Council Armstrong Gallery
September 10 – November 6, 2015
Three photographers come together in the Arts Council’s Armstrong Gallery to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Luis Fonseca, Roli Mancera and Raul Alejandro Velasco were all born in Mexico and have rich backgrounds in art. Currently they work in photography to celebrate the culture and history Mexico, to hold a mirror up to the human condition, to call others to social action and, ultimately, to say what can’t be expressed with words alone.
Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop
As part of Tulipanes' 2015 Festival, Sones de México will be hosting a workshop, Corridos: 2:00pm | Sunday, September 20th @ Holland Area Arts Council
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Learn to write an authentic Mexican “corrido” in these free, two-hour workshops (in English or Spanish), with musicians from the GRAMMY™ Nominated Sones de México Ensemble and co-founder/ethnomusicologist Juan Díes. By the end of this workshop each group will have written an original song in a corrido form. The corrido is a 150-year-old Mexican ballad tradition that narrates tragic tales based on true events and honors folk heroes. Learn about the history of this tradition and the rules for writing the poetic lyrics of these captivating songs. Find out how to participate in the 2015 Grand Corrido Contest to win cash prices. This workshop is open to adults, children and families. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.