HISPANIC ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
AS OF APRIL / MAY 2017
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NPower OFFERS FREE IT (Technology) TRAINING & CERTIFICATION FOR UNDERSERVED YOUNG ADULTS (18 TO 25 YEAR OLD) FOLLOWED BY A PAID INTERNSHIP!
A new non profit in St. Louis, NPower, helps underserved St. Louis youth who opt for short training before going into the workforce to achieve their goals. NPower had their Ribbon cutting ceremony and was featured on Fox news: http://fox2now.com/…/world-wide-technologies-partners-with…/ This event sparked so much excitement as so many corporations and non for profits have offered valuable partnerships to assist students to find paid internships and jobs after their training.
The first class started in January and now NPower is enrolling for the next class beginning in July 2017.
NPower is a FREE Work Force development training program.
WHO: this program is for young adults 18-25 across the greater St. Louis area who have a High School degree or equivalent.
WHAT: 22 week long, intensive IT workforce training program where students will earn a Comp TIA A + certification, ( which includes a 7 week paid internship and career placement).
WHERE & WHEN: July will have two sessions 9 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm. at Harris-Stowe State University and
The Adelante Awards are April 28th! These awards recognize the achievements of individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporations in the metro St. Louis Area. In keeping with the Hispanic Chamber's mission, the awards focus on Hispanic businesses and professionals as well as non-Hispanic companies and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the community at large.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the following individuals and organizations recognized in the following categories:
Hispanic Lifetime Achievement Winners Are:
-Sr. Mary Pat Rives
Limited tickets for the Adelante Awards are available. Please call the HCC office at (314) 664-4432 to register.
Congratulations to the Additional Adelante Awards Nominees:
Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year
- Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
- St. Louis Mosaic Project
Civic Award of the Year
- Hispanic Leaders Group
- Karina Lozano
- Kingdom House
- Latino Round Table
- Latinos En Axíon
- St. Louis Mosaic Project
- TheBank of Edwardsville
Hispanic Emerging Leader
- Sisi Beltran
- Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock
- Jessica Mendez
- Erick Prado
- Daniela Velázquez
Hispanic Company of the Year
- Jose Ponce Realty
- Pangea Group
Hispanic Businessperson of the Year
- Melissa Bravo
- Kyle Garcia
- Jose Ponce
- Cecilia Velazquez
- Mike Zambrana
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
- Carles Antonell-Griera
- Manuel Cruz
- Martha Garcia Kampen
- Elizabeth Marengo
- Claudia Ochoa
- Victor Ponce
Hispanic Emerging Business of the Year
- Avid Electric and Communication
- Detailing Pros
- Jose Ponce Realty
'ESTAMOS AQUI / WE ARE HERE' ART EXHIBIT AT REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION UNTIL JUNE 1st, 2017
"Estamos Aquí (We Are Here)" Art Exhibit presented by Regional Arts Commission & St. Louis Mosaic Project at RAC Gallery. Open until June 1st, 2017.
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) in partnership with The St. Louis Mosaic Project presents this series of contemporary artworks (mainly prints) by artists speaking from the Latino/Chicano perspective. This work expresses their celebrations, sorrows, challenges, popular culture, and personal experiences.
Featuring vivid colors and sometimes startling imagery, the works in this traveling exhibition encourage audiences to ask questions about the nature of cross-cultural exchange. Featuring artistis: José Rodriguez, Juan Miguel Ramos, Jesus Cimi Alvarado, Delilah Montoya, Gonz Jove, Nelson Perez and 35 more artists. Curated by Brad Cushman
Panel Discussion: Thursday, May 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 1st, 6:00 – 8:00pm
'Estamos Aquí' continues through June 1. All events are free and open to the public. GALLERY HOURS: Mon - Fri from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sat/Sun from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)
Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking. For more information, visit racstl.org/ or call (314) 863-5811.
CINCO DE MAYO: A CHEROKEE STREET FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY MAY 6 FROM 11AM TO 10PM.
Cinco De Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival will take place on
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11AM to 10PM at Cherokee Street, South St. Louis City
An annual tradition, with a long history, Cinco De Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival has evolved into a celebration of community and one of the largest and most diverse festivals in the St. Louis area. The 2017 Cinco De Mayo festival will take place on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00am-10:00pm on Cherokee Street, between Nebraska and Jefferson. The festival will pack Cherokee Street with people enjoying authentic food, drinks, music, and entertainment. The festival supports as many artists as possible through this event, focusing on diverse talent that reflects the attendees and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of this community.
Working in consortium with local arts and youth organizations, as well as St. Louis Public Schools, the Cinco De Mayo Festival provides a variety of free kid and family friendly artistic activities throughout the day, including kid’s art making areas, sports games, bouncy houses, water games, face painting, chess matches & tournaments, performance artists, fortunetelling, and much more. We host cultural activities and performances throughout the day, working with local and regional cultural organizations.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HONORED PRESIDENT OF HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL VIRGINIA BRAXS WITH THE MBL 'SEAT 21' AWARD WHICH IS GIVEN TO A COMMUNITY LEADER WHO EMBODIES THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE'S HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT, WHILE AWARDING ALL STAR PLAYER ADAM WAINWRIGHT WITH THE NOMINATION FOR THE NATIONAL MBL 'ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD' ON SEPTEMBER 13th, 2016 DURING A PRE-GAME CEREMONY.
ST. LOUIS (News release) – This year, Major League Baseball has designated a seat in each ballpark, known as SEAT 21, to a well-known or local hero who embodies the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente. Cardinals SEAT 21 Honoree, Virginia Braxs, currently serves as the President and Treasurer of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC). The Council is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting the excellence of the Hispanic culture through arts and education. Ms. Braxs has dedicated her life to providing opportunities for the Hispanic community through her work at the Hispanic Arts Council and has been an ambassador to the Hispanic Community for the Cardinals since 2013. Ms. Braxs was recognized alongside Wainwright during the Sept 13tht’s ceremony before the game against the Chicago Cubs.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright was named the St. Louis Cardinals 2016 nominee for the prestigious national Roberto Clemente Award in the same on-field ceremony. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. It is the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. Through his charitable foundation, Big League Impact, Wainwright has raised more than $1 million to help provide basic needs for individuals in St. Louis and around the world. Previous Cardinals to win the Roberto Clemente Award include Carlos Beltran (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995), and Lou Brock (1975).
THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS AWARDED ITS ANNUAL ON MAY 2ND, 2016 THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED ITS ANNUAL 'JOHN F. GARGANIGO SCHOLARSHIPS' ON MAY 2ND, 2016, TO 5 LATINO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS WHO WERE PART OF THE ANNUAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 'PUERTAS COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM. CONGRATULATIONS OF THE AWARDEES!
The HAC 'JOHN F. GARGANIGO SCHOLARSHIP' each year awards students of the Washington University 'PUERTAS PROGRAM COLLEGE PREP,' an outreach program serving the Hispanic community in south St. Louis. The award ceremony took place at Washington University in St. Louis. HAC partnered with the WU program in 2007 to benefit Hispanic low income students who take the annual college prep program. The scholarship program takes its name from Dr. John F. Garganigo, former Professor of Latin American Literature at Wash Univ. Romance Languages & Literatures Department who is an advocate of social justice. ANHEUSER-BUSCH CO. is the major sponsor of this scholarship funding. Awardees of the scholarship for 2016 are, Donovan Galindo, Xorge Hernandez, Naomi Carranza, Jaileny Gonzalez and Fabian Valenzuela. Picture from left to right, DR. Jeffrey Schneider, HAC Board member & Professor of the Puertas Program; Donovan Galindo who is a sophomore at Meramec Community College; Prof. Virginia Braxs, HAC President; Mr. Gustavo Arango, HAC Board member and, on behalf of Xorge Hernandez his mother, Mrs. Hernandez received his award. Xorge will be attending St. Louis University in the fall of 2016; Naomi Carranza, a sophomore at Meramec Community College is pursuing a degree in Nursing; and not able to attend, Jaileny Gonzalez attending SIUE and Fabian Valenzuela attending Meramec Community College also were awarded the scholarships. HAC congratulates all the awardees!
AWARDEES OF THE 'UNIVERSIDAD YA!' SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HONORED AT A CEREMONY BY THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS AT ANHEUSER-BUSCH HEADQUARTERS ON JULY 6TH, 2015! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Pictures: from left to right: Maria Guadalupe Acosta, Daniela Hinojosa, the President of the Hispanic Arts Council Ms. Virginia Braxs, Mr. Gonzalez accepting for her daughter Ms. Vanessa Gonzalez, Mrs. Patricia Heltmeyer accepting for Luisa Castaneda and Ms. Fatima Arabia.
CARDINALS CARE AND TSUNAMI WAVES, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS, SPONSORED A LATINO KIDS VISIT WITH CARDINALS ALL STAR PLAYER CARLOS MARTINEZ AND TREATED THEM WITH TICKETS TO THE GAME ON JULY 6TH, 2016, A VISIT TO THE FIELD, A PRE-GAME PRACTICE AND HOT DOGS AND SODAS. A REAL TREAT!
The Hispanic Arts Council, Cardinals Care and Tsunami Waves, a program sponsored by Panamenian all star Cardinals player Carlos Martinez, hosted a day at the Ballpark for Latino kids in St. Louis on July 6th 2016. Carlos treated us with tickets for the game, a visit to the field and sodas, hot dogs and chips. Generous and gracious Carlos took the time to greet all the kids and their parents at the dougout, gave us T-Shirts, patiently signed authographs, chatted with the kids, took pictures with everybody and went twice to look for baseballs to sign for all the kids! THANK YOU CARLOS FOR YOUR TIME, GENEROSITY AND FOR CARING ABOUT THE KIDS.
See more pictures in our Photo Gallery clicking HERE!
PARKWAY AREA ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY OFFERS FREE ESL CLASSES (ENGLISH CLASSES) FOR ADULTS AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN DISTRICT AREAS. PLEASE, CHECK THEIR SCHEDULE AND ADDRESSES BELOW!
Parkway Area Adult Education and Literacy offers over 30 free ESL classes for adults. Classes are held at the main center, and several churches and schools located in our district area:
Brentwood, Bridgeton, Clayton, Creve Coeur and Manchester. Classes serve beginning, intermediate and advanced students. There is an emphasis in all classes on life skills. We also teach reading, writing, conversation, idioms, and citizenship preparation. Classes are morning, afternoon and evening classes Monday throughFriday. Registration and testing for placement takes about three hours and must be completed before students begin class. For class schedule information, directions or additional questions, please call Parkway Adult Education and Literacy at 314-415-4940 or please visit our website.
THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS:
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Every Tuesday, a bilingual SMALL BUSINESS MENTOR is available by appointment at 314-664-4432 to answer questions about your small business issues or to assist with business start-up. Mentors are provided by SCORE and sponsored by the US Small Business Administration. For more information, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louisat 3611 South Grand Blvd. Suite 105 St. Louis, MO 63118. Phone: 314-664-4432. Se Habla Español.
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
Join the HCC Tuesdays from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Business to Business Roundtable, where business owners and entrepreneurs can come and make connections and find new outlets for their services. The roundtable is looking for people who are in the construction, real estate, and IT industry. For more information, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis at 3611 South Grand Blvd. Suite 105 St. Louis, MO 63118. Phone: 314-664-4432 . Se Habla Español.
THE PARKWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE FREE CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN SEVERAL SITES OF THE CITY. REGISTRATION IS OPEN THIS WEEK AND ALL YEAR ROUND.
The Parkway adult education & literacy offers free English as a second language classes for adults, 17 years or older. Learn English in a friendly atmosphere through: conversation, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing. Also Citizenship, American customs, GED and TOEFL classes are offered as well. Registration is open all year round. ESL classes are offered in different venues this fall: Clayton High School, Faith Baptist Church, Manchester United Methodist Church, Mers-Goodwill, and Fern Ridge High School. For class schedule CLICK HERE, for directions CLICK HERE and more information, call 314-415-4940 or visit
FREE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULT IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY IN ST. CHARLES, AND CITIES OF WENTZVILLE AND TROY, REGISTRATION OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND. SEE BELOW INFORMATION.
FREE ESL classes for the adult immigrant community will start very soon. Please, share the information below with your community. Adult Students have to enroll in the program before the student starts classes again, please see below the opening schedule at all sites. Registration is now four (4) full hours. Registration will start at 9:00am or 5:30pm - Students will not be accepted after 9:00am or 5:30pm. Plan in registration for 4 full hours.
This year the attendance policy will be enforced and strict. Please, come and register ONLY if you can come to class every week for at least a full semester. If you cannot come to class weekly, if you are not sure about your schedule, please DO NOT register! If you miss one class without notifying your teacher or without a medical certificate, you will not be accepted into the program again.
Please, inform your contacts, relatives, friends and community about these FREE ESL programs.