Hispanic Arts, Culture & Education 

Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis

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CARDINALS ALL-STAR BASEBALL PLAYER CARLOS MARTINEZ VISITED FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS YEAR WITH HISPANIC CHILDREN AT THE BUSCH STADIUM DUGOUT. THE YOUTH BELONG TO THE WASH UNIV. 'NINOS, CAMBIOS & PUERTAS' AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATED IN THIS ACTIVITY SPONSORED BY THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND. 2015 AT THE CARDINALS PREGAME PLAYERS PRACTICE AND VISIT WITH CARLOS MARTINEZ. THE KIDS AND SOME PARENTS ENJOYED THE GAME AGAINST THE CINCINNATI  REDS AFTERWARDS, WHICH THE CARDINALS WON.  AN AMAZING TREAT FOR EVERYBODY! SEE THE PICTURE GALLERY CLICKING HERE

CARDINALS ALL-STAR BASEBALL PLAYER CARLOS MARTINEZ VISITED WITH HISPANIC CHILDREN AT THE BUSCH STADIUM DUGOUT. THE YOUTH BELONG TO THE WASH UNIV. 'NINOS, CAMBIOS & PUERTAS' AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATED IN SUMMER ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19. 2015 AT THE CARDINALS PREGAME PLAYERS PRACTICE AND VISIT WITH CARLOS MARTINEZ. THE KIDS AND SOME PARENTS ENJOYED THE GAME AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AFTERWARD, WHICH THE CARDINALS WON 4 TO 3, AND YADIER MOLINA CAPPED THE GAME WITH THE 100th HOMER OF HIS CAREER. ALL IN ALL A GREAT TREAT FOR EVERYBODY!


Thank you to Cardinals all-star baseball player Carlos Martinez for his generous time dedicated to our kids, his patience signing autograph, outgoing and happy attitude while talking to the kids and for being an excellent role model to Latino youth. We are very grateful to the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez!! See more pictures visiting our photo gallery at: www.hispanicartscouncilstl.org/apps/photos/


'IF YOU DON'T EMPOWER IMMIGRANTS, YOU ARE NOT EMPOWERING THE COUNTRY' SAYS VIRGINIA BRAXS, PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS IN AN INTERVIEW THAT APPEARED IN 'EN CONTACTO' THE MAGAZINE OF THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BELOW.

PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS NAMED IN THE WHO'S WHO DIVERSITY IN COLOR IN ST. LOUIS PUBLICATION IN MAY 2015.


Virginia Braxs, President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, was recognized at the WHO'S WHO DIVERSITY IN COLOR IN ST. LOUIS PUBLICATION, among the following Hispanic leaders in St. Louis: lMargarita Flores, Jomo Castro, George Paz, Gilbert Bailon, Cecilia Velaquez, Karlos Ramirez, Carmen Jacob, Jaime Torres, Jorge Riopedre, Ed Gallegos, Cileia Miranda Yuen, Cecilia Nadal, Maria Fernandez and Mike Zambrana who, among 200 people of color were featured in the publication in St. Louis in May 2015.  Ms. Braxs and the hispanic leaders of St. Louis are grateful and humbled by this honor, which will strengthen our ability to better serve the Hispanic community in St. Louis.  For more information, visit the Who's Who Diversity in Color Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/WWDIC and the website: http://www.whoswhodiversityincolor.com/


PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS NAMED 'ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AMBASSADOR' FOR THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN ST. LOUIS.


Virginia Braxs, President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, was named St. Louis Cardinals Ambassador for the Hispanic community in St. Louis on January 2015. The ambassadorship is part of the St. Louis Cardinals Community Program and, in her new role, Braxs will be the liaison between the St. Louis Cardinals, Cardinals Care and undeserved Latino community and youth.  Ms. Braxs and the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis are grateful and humbled by this honor and partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals, which will strengthen our ability to better serve the Hispanic community in St. Louis.


ON OCTOBER 26th 2014 THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL, THROUGH ITS HIGHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE 'UNIVERSIDAD YA!/COLLEGE NOW!, ORGANIZED THE 3rd BILINGUAL HISPANIC COLLEGE FAIR TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT COLLEGE ACCESS AND RESOURCES TO FIRST GENERATION OF LATINO STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS IN ST. LOUIS. AT THE FAIR, THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED A $1,000.00 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO MS. DAISY ALONZO, AMONG OTHER PRIZES.  SEE MORE PICTURES IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY AT THE RIGHT COLUMN OF THE HOMEPAGE OR CLICK HERE!.


RAMS HONORED PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS WITH NFL  HISPANIC HERITAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 AT THE PRE-GAME CEREMONY.  SEE MORE PICTURES IN OUR PICTURE GALLERY, HERE!

PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS RECEIVES 'ST. LOUIS 2014 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT' AWARD, ON MAY 15th 2014, ALONG WITH NINE MORE WOMEN IN ST. LOUIS DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE. 


Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)

Through Virginia Braxs’ leadership, St. Louis has become a more inclusive, richer community, embracing more cultures in its increasingly diverse society.

Originally from Argentina, Braxs moved to St. Louis in 1988 to pursue her own higher education. And she has gone on to help countless others achieve their academic dreams. Braxs is a former faculty member at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University, and a current professor of Spanish, Latin American art history, and medical Spanish and social work at Washington University. But her work extends far beyond the university walls. Through one after-school program, she and her Washington University students travel to South County twice a week to assist dozens of Latino kids with college preparation.

And with her role as president of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, Braxs is promoting arts and education for the Latino culture even further. The group hosts cultural festivals, Hispanic concerts at The Sheldon Concert Hall and Latino art exhibits at The Sheldon Art Galleries to encourage inclusion and ethnic enrichment. In addition, the council’s higher education initiative, Universidad YA! (College NOW!), focuses on helping students and parents, who may not speak English, with college preparation, including a bilingual college fair each fall. “Education is the key to being able to contribute fully to society, so our goal is to empower Hispanic youth to be able to access higher education,” Braxs notes. “We are like the cultural bridge to empower the parents with the knowledge of the American education system, so they can help their kids.”

Braxs encourages the community to have an open mind to other cultures. “St. Louis has become a very diverse city very quickly, and knowledge is the best way to understand different ethnic groups, races, cultures and languages.” Attend a cultural festival or show, or contribute to a college scholarship fund for underserved Latino students, she says. “There’s always a way, if there is a will. If you elevate someone else, you are really elevating the whole community.” Visit www.woastl.org to read more about Ms. Braxs. The WOA organization will award the '2014 St. Louis Women of Achievement' award in a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on May 15th. Tickets are available online at www.woastl.org


Adapted from  the Ladue News article on April 4th, 2014:  http://www.laduenews.com/society/charities-nonprofits/the-class-of-women-of-achievement/article_f9d7e412-548a-5e15-8c47-c0fc21198845.html

CARDINALS RIGHT FIELDER CARLOS BELTRAN WINS THE 'ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD' BEFORE GAME 3 OF THE WORLD SERIES, OCTOBER 26TH, 2013!


The winner of the 2013 'Roberto Clemente Award' is Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran. He was presented with it in Busch Stadium before Game 3 of the World Series. The annoncement was made by Vera Clemente, Roberto's widow.

The Roberto Clemente Award is given by Major League Baseball annually to the player "who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement." It is named after Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash in 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Beltran, 36, definitely put together a season that Clemente would have enjoyed. He hit .296/.339/.491 with 30 doubles, 24 homers and 84 RBI while once again turning in some big-time clutch moments in the postseason, making his first World Series. Also of note is that both Beltran and Clemente came to the majors via Puerto Rico.

In terms of off-the-field work, Beltran continued to operate the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico -- which he established in 2011 with $3 million of his own money. The Academy offers high-quality education and athletic experiences for youth that otherwise wouldn't get those opportunities. He even flew back this past summer on an off-day to congratulate the first graduating class.

That isn't all, though. Beltran also raised $160,000 for the Carlos Beltran Foundation with his Night in Old San Juan Gala. The Foundation gives money to local St. Louis charities and helps to continue to fund the Academy. He also has a "Beltran's Buddies" program to benefit underprivileged youth in the St. Louis area and donated $20,000.00 to the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis for the creation of the 'Carlos Beltran Scholarships' which were awarded to 8 college-bound underprivileged Latino students this past July at Busch Stadium.

The first winner of the award in 1971 was Willie Mays -- at the time it was called the Commissioner's Award. In 1973, the award renamed to honor Clemente. Clayton Kershaw won the award last season. Some other past winners include David Ortiz, Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. A litany of Hall of Famers have also won. 

(Adapted from the article written by Matt Snyder for CBSSports.com on 10-26-13) 


WATCH THE CARDINALS VIDEO SHOWN AT BUSCH STADIUM WHEN BELTRAN WAS AWARDED WITH THE AWARD. 



THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS OFFERED ITS SUMMER PROGRAM IN JULY TO 16 LATINO KIDS AT THE SCIENCE CENTER WITH TWO DAYS OF SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND VISITS TO THE PLANETARIUM SHOW OF CONSTELLATIONS AND THE OMNIMAX THEATER TO SEE THE HUMPBACK WHALES DOCUMENTARY. FUN AND INSTRUCTIVE DAYS!! FOR MORE PICTURES, VISIT OUR PHOTO GALLERY AT: CLICK HERE!!



UNIVERSIDAD YA! WORKSHOP AT 'NAHED CHAPMAN NEW AMERICANS SCHOOL' ON AUGUST 14, 2014


Universidad YA! the higher education initiative of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, conducted a two hour workshop for Hispanic students who are completing the GED and are getting ready to enroll in college. The workshop 'The Roadmap to College' was given in Spanish to 15 students.  Thank you Nahed Chapman New Americans School!  See more pictures in our photo gallery clicking HERE!


UNIVERSIDAD YA! OFFERED THE ROAD MAP TO COLLEGE WORKSHOP FOR 45  9-12 GRADE HIGH SCHOOL LATINO STUDENTS ON MARCH 6TH 2014 AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS. THANKS PATTONVILLE STUDENTS & STAFF FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!



HAC VISITED THE SCIENCE CENTER WITH 15 HISPANIC CHILDREN FROM THE WU OUTREACH LATINO YOUTH TUTORING PROGRAM ON JULY 22, 2013. WE HAD A BLAST EXPLORING COOL THINGS, WATCHING THE 'MUMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHS' DOCUMENTARY AT THE OMNIMAX THEATER AND VISITING THE 'LOST EGYPT' EXHIBITION! A FULL DAY OF FUN! SEE PICTURES IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY HERE!




HAC AND 50 LATINO KIDS & PARENTS FROM THE WASHINGTON UNIV. LATINO YOUTH TUTORING / MENTORING OUTREACH PROGRAM WERE GUESTS OF  ALL STAR CARDINALS OUTFIELDER  CARLOS BELTRAN  ON JULY 10TH & AUGUST 6TH, AND THE KIDS ARE NAMED THE FIRST EVER 'BELTRAN'S BUDDIES''! SEE PICTURE ALBUM IN PHOTO GALLERY CLICKING HERE!




PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS, MS. VIRGINIA BRAXS   RECEIVED THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2013 'ADELANTE CIVIC AWARD OF THE YEAR' ON APRIL 26th, 2013.

Read more and see pictures in our Photo Gallery.



LITTLE FACUNDO'S FUND  CAMPAIGN, CONDUCTED IN DECEMBER 2013 BY THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS, DONATED FUNDS TO FACUNDO AGUIAR, A URUGUAYAN 9 YEAR OLD FIGHTING LEUKEMIA AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL! 


On Thursday March 20th, 2014, HAC President, Virginia Braxs, donated $4,000.00 collected through generous donations in the December 2013 Little Facundo's Fund campaign. The funds will help with out of pocket expenses Facundo's family is facing after their health insurance covers the main cost for his treatment. Facundo's parents, Gonzalo (a recent Ph.D. Wash Univ graduate) and Alejandra (Ph.D. candidate at Wash Univ) both from Uruguay, are deeply thankful to the St. Louis community who donated funds to help ease little Facundo's treatment expenses. We are thrilled to report, as the picture shows, that Facundo is going through the last round of chemo and will be done with his Leukemia treatment at Children's Hospital at the beginning of April 2014. And his prognosis is excellent!  We wish the best to Facundo, a very brave 9 year old, and his parents!


If you would like to help Facundo, visit his website at www.facundoaguiar.org to send him a message and to contribute. Thank you for your generosity!


THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF LATINA COLLEGE WOMEN 'LAMBDA THETA NU SORORITY, INC.' HAS AWARDED THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL THE 'TIJERAS GRANT' TO SUPPORT THE Universidad YA! PROJECTS ON LATINO HIGHER EDUCATION.

On Saturday March 8th, 2014, the national organization of Latina women 'Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. awarded the Tijeras Grant to the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, to support the Universidad YA!/College NOW! Latino higher education projects. The Tijeras (scissors) Grant's mission is 'cutting through to enhance educational opportunities for Latinos' which fits perfectly with Universidad YA! higher education project to provide college access to undeserved Latino youth regardless their immigration status. The $14,000.00 Tijeras Grant will benefit HAC Hispanic College Fairs, will allow the creation of the 'HAC - Lambda Theta Nu Scholarship' for Latino college students & assist the Universidad YA! workshops, presentations and publication of bilingual booklets on the road to college access in the U.S. The Hispanic Arts Concil of St. Louis is honored, grateful and proud to have the support and partnership of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. 


In the pictures, below, Lambda Theta Nu National Chair, Anaka Rivera, is presenting the Tijeras Grant big check to Ms. Virginia Braxs, President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis.
 See the picture gallery of the event, CLICK HERE!