Hispanic Arts, Culture & Education 

Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS HISPANIC CALENDAR 

FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

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HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL FEATURED IN THE JUNE

2019 ISSUE OF THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE

'HISPANIC OUTLOOK ON EDUCATION'

The Hispanic Arts Council of St Louis was featured in the June 2019 issue of the national magazine Hispanic Outlook on Education. Read the article in this link:  https://www.hispanicoutlook.com/articles/cultural-richness-breaks-stereotypes

Nuestro "Picnic 2019" es este Sabado 14 de Septiembre, en Shroeder Park - Pavillion 2 (359 Old Meramec Station Rd, Manchester, MO 63021), desde la 11 am hasta las 6 pm. El evento está abierto para todo el público, así que los esperamos con sus familias y amigos

Tendremos Hamburgesas, Perros Calientes - gratis; cervezas (por donación $10 el brazalete) hasta que se agote. Torneo de Kickball (adultos y niños), tambien tendremos la musica de DJ Angel, no dejes que te lo cuenten y acompañanos este día.

Si desean traer algo para compartir bienvenido, y no se olviden de traer algunas sillas de campamento.


Our "Picnic 2019" is this Saturday, September 14, at Shroeder Park - Pavillion 2 (359 Old Meramec Station Rd, Manchester MO 63021), from 11 am to 7 pm. The event is open to the public, so we hope to see you there with your family and friends.

We will have Hamburgers, Hot Dogs - free; beer (for a bracelet of a $10 donation) while supply lasts. Kickball tournament for adults and kids; we will also have DJ Angel for the music, so don't wait to hear about it--come and join us.

You are more than welcome to bring what you want to share as well, also don't forget to bring some camping chairs.
Sincerely,

2019 AVMO Board of Directors

Venezuelan Association in Missouri

https://avmo.org / avmostl@gmail.com

CUBAN WRITER ANNA LIDIA VEGA SEROVA IN CONVERSATION AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ON SEPTEMBER 17TH AT 6PM. IN SPANISH AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


"Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón: Conversando con la escritora cubana Anna Lidia Vega Serova" (in Spanish). Abierto al publico/ Open to the public.

Anna Lidia Vega Serova es una escritora, poeta y artista visual cubana. Vega Serova dará una charla (en español) el martes 17 de septiembre de 2019 en la Universidad de Washington, en el Danford University Center, sala 276 de 6 a 7hrs de la tarde.


El Departamento de lenguas romances de la Washington University presenta a la escritora y artista cubana Anna Lidia Vega Serova, quien hablará sobre su trabajo creativo en el contexto de la Cuba contemporánea y presentará un cortometraje, "Misericordia", basado en uno de sus cuentos. Este evento es en español. Para más información, llame al 314-935-5175.
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Conversation with Cuban Writer Anna Lidia Vega Serova (in Spanish) at Washington University.


Anna Lidia Vega Serova is a Cuban fiction writer, poet, and visual artist. She will give a talk (in Spanish) on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Washington University, Danford University Center Room 276 from 6 to 7pm.


The Romance Languages Department at Washington University presents Cuban writer and artist Anna Lidia Vega Serova, who will talk about her creative work in the context of contemporary Cuba and will present a short film, “Misericordia,” based on one of her short stories. This event is in Spanish. For more information, call 314-935-5175.

CRAFT ALLIANCE GALLERY PRESENTS THE MEXICAN ARTIST FIDENCIO FIFIELD-PEREZ: LITTLE CUTTINGS EXHIBITION FROM AUGUST 30 TO OCTOBER 27, 2019.


Fidencio Fifield-Perez: Little Cuttings
August 30 – October 27, 2019
Delmar Gallery
6640 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130


Artist Gallery Talk
Saturday, October 5, 2pm
Delmar Gallery
6640 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130


St. Louis, the United States’ “Gateway to the West” for two centuries, has always been an epicenter of migration, exploration and growth. Beginning with early occupations by the Spanish and French, followed by the arrival of Germans, Italians, Serbians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Greeks after the United States acquisition, people have always flocked to St. Louis as a place of hope, redemption, and new beginnings. It was St. Louisans who supported the Louisiana Purchase Expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. During the Civil War, it was a group of volunteer German immigrants who held the armory for the Union at great personal cost. A century later, we erected a monument to celebrate our identity as a city rooted in the immigrant experience - our beloved St. Louis Arch. Today our city is home to an active Bosnian community, a booming Latinx community, a host of Syrian refugees, and many others who enrich our community with their culture, knowledge, and art.


It is because of this history that the narratives flowing through Fidencio Fifield-Perez’s work are familiar to us. While it may feel more aspirational than actual at times, America has always been a place for dreamers. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Fifield-Perez’s family migrated to North Carolina for a better life and greater opportunities. Raised in North Carolina, he attended the Memphis College of Art for his BFA. Upon graduating from MCA, Fifield-Perez first applied for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which allowed him to attend The University of Iowa for an MA and a MFA. His work explores his personal experiences with immigration and interrogates the concept of home.

Due to his status, Fifield-Perez is face-to-face with scrutiny and political debate every day. DACA recipients must prove that they are a resident every two years. Because of this, Fifield-Perez has had to deal with an incredible amount of documentation and correspondence. His body of work, Dacaments, reflects this process; consisting of a series of paintings on envelopes accumulated over the last two years. He paints his personal house plants on these packages to map correspondence and relationships with loved ones, lawyers and the government. Barn Quilt is cut out from collected and used maps. A large installed paper quilt traces Fifield-Perez’s journey traveling around the Midwest and admiring the classic form of the American barn. He cuts a pattern into the maps reminiscent of a wire fence such that light can cascade through it, casting a shadow—a hint of border fencing.


Barn Quilt allows the viewer to simultaneously experience the classic comfort of a traditional Barn Quilt and the othering barrier that is the border fence. The viewer can walk through the shadows, a metaphor that Fifield-Perez hears often.

As a child, Fifield-Perez’s spent time with his cousins folding paper and creating beautiful paper flowers, a technique that is a traditional Oaxaca custom. His new work is a series of prints he created by weaving together paper strands and then printing the finished woven surface. Methodically cutting and folding paper to mirror a fiber weaving, he inks the paper and runs it through a press. The images are subtle and remind Fifield-Perez of the impression a pillow or woven cloth makes on the skin after a long slumber.


The delicateness and fragility of Fifield-Perez’s work reminds us of the fragile gift of permanence. As much a bold statement of identity in the face of institutional adversity as it is a reflection of his own love and empathy, Fifield-Perez’s work presents us with an opportunity for reflection as we collectively grapple with contemporary policy and a shifting political climate. His work is a place to start from, a place from which we can begin thinking about our own personal immigration stories, and an opportunity to reflect on how and why we choose a place to build our home and make a life.


I would like to thank Fidencio for giving us the opportunity to help him share his story with the St. Louis Community. I commend him on his braveness and I admire his skillfulness in creating such powerful, thoughtfully subtle, and moving work.

Stefanie Kirkland
Director of Exhibitions

For more information visit: 

https://craftalliance.org/exhibitions/fidencio-fifield-perez-little-cuttings?fbclid=IwAR0OdQX7EGqQO--6dx097uhp6wB2xO1TTuktpOMPQIIQ2pCp8iA41b1EwNI

MONTHLY CALENDAR

DO YOU WANT TO PLAN A WEEKEND? LOOKING FOR HISPANIC MUSIC CONCERTS, ART OR CULTURAL EVENTS IN ADVANCE?   CLICK HERE! CHECK OUT OUR MONTHLY  CALENDAR 


EXPLORE OTHER ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS IN ST. LOUIS THROUGH THE REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION FREE CALENDAR VISITINGhttp://racstl.org/events/ OR DOWNLOAD  THE 'STLArts' FREE APP FOR YOUR MOBILE PHONE OR TABLET.

RECURRENT EVENTS

THE GROUP 'AMISTAD HISPANOHABLANTE' AN OPEN GROUP DEDICATED TO PRACTICE THE SPANISH LANGUAGE EVERY TWO WEDNESDAY EACH MONTH
INVITE EVERY ONE, WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO JUST THAT, TO JOIN THEM AT CHEVYS RESTAURANT ON OLIVE, WEST OF I-170.  FOR MORE INFORMATION , SEE THE SCHEDULE AND WATCH PICTURES, VISIT: http://www.ese.wustl.edu/~mukai/pers/Amistad/


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. 



HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES & SCHOLARSHIPS

TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS UPDATED LIST OF MONTHLY DEADLINE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, UNDERGRADUATE AND COLLEGE STUDENTS. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, APPLY TODAY AND GET MONEY FOR COLLEGE!  CLICK HERE!


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 

http://www.parkwayschools.net/pages/ParkwayC2/Programs_Depts/Programs__G_/Adult_Education___Literacy/English_as_a_Second_Language__











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.


HAC NEWS

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!


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.






THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS AWARDED ITS ANNUAL ON MAY 1st, 2017 THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED ITS ANNUAL 'JOHN F. GARGANIGO SCHOLARSHIPS' ON MAY 1st, 2017, TO 5 LATINO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS WHO WERE PART OF THE ANNUAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FREE 'PUERTAS' COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO 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 2017 are, Viviana Garcia, Oscar Moreno, Jessica Barreras, Rigoberto Ramirez Reyes and Karla Ximena Flores, pictured from left to right, plus WU Mentors Carol Pazos & Ashley D'Acosta and HAC Board member Ms. Sandra Knight, Counselor at Forest Park Community College. HAC congratulates all the awardees!


'DACA Scholars' is an App that helps Dreamers students to find scholarships for college regardless their immigration status. It is available at the App Store and Google Play. Also, you can find more information and resources in its Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/DACAscholars