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City Council green lights downtown Phoenix Latino arts center

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(R-L) Inside Phoenix Council Chambers, Novelist Stella Pope Duarte, ALAC President Erlinda Torres, and painter Jim Covarrubias will lead a group of Latino arts & business leaders to develop the new center. (Photo credit: Jose Muñoz)

[Source: Marcos Najera, KJZZ Radio] — A Latino arts group will start making plans today to turn a storefront space at 147 E. Adams St. in downtown Phoenix into a new cultural center by the end of the year.  The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the lease.  To listen to the radio segment, click here.

Latino arts groups call for a cultural home in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — When Elizabeth Gauna closed the Museo Chicano in January, it wasn’t just the end of a small Phoenix museum.  It left a city of 1.5 million people, 40 percent of them of Hispanic descent, without a Latino art museum.  While major Latino museums have sprung up in big cities, including Long Beach, Calif.; Albuquerque; and San Antonio, Phoenix has lagged behind.  An alliance of 12 Arizona arts groups has an ambitious plan to change that.

The demise of Museo Chicano has fueled an effort to create a major Latino museum and cultural center in downtown Phoenix, said Martín Moreno, a local resident and nationally known muralist.  Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture plan to begin efforts this month to raise $200,000 to open and operate a small Phoenix cultural center later this year.  Five years down the road, the group envisions a $10 million facility.  “It’s kind of embarrassing,” said Moreno, who sits on the consortium’s board of directors.  He said Phoenix needs a center that preserves and nurtures Latino, Chicano and indigenous contributions to the arts.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Inaugural Latin@ arts festival to be held in downtown Phoenix, Oct. 8-12

Attend Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture’s (ALAC) inaugural festival and celebration of Latino, Xicano, and Indigenous arts and culture in partrnership with the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix.  Program activities include: art exhibition, book signings, and live entertainment preceding theater productions.

Opening Night (Wednesday, October 8, 2008)

  • 5:30 PM Art Exhibition featuring: Marco A. Albarrán, Tavo Barrios, José Benavides, Victor Caldee, Francisca Cota, Jim Covarrubias, Francisco Garcia, Francisco Garcia, Zarco Guerrero, Johnny Lozaya, Jorge Moreno, Martin Moreno, Roman Reyes, Jaime Rodriguez
  • 5:30 PM Latin@ Authors’ Book Signing featuring: Frank Barrios, José Burruel, Ph.D., Stella Pope Duarte, Zarco Guerrero, Kathy Cano Murillo, Santos Vega, Ph.D.
  • 6:30 PM Opening On-Stage featuring: Rainie Moreno, 2008 Estrellas Latinas Vocal Artist of the Year & Estrellas Latinas 5; Andres Leal, Clarissa Granado, Monica Castro, Socorro Flores, Southwest Hispanic Culture Association Estrellas Latinas Program.
  • 7 PM New Carpa Theater presents: Por Amor/For Love: An Operachi in One Act.  Written by James E. Garcia & Directed by Marcelino Quinonez.

Theater schedule and tickets available for purchase online at Herberger Theater website.

$15 per ticket for four plays & $20 for musical

  • October 8, Wednesday at 7 PM: Por Amor/For Love: An Operachi in One Act-Performed in English
  • October 9, Thursday at 7 PM: La Calaca Cabaret-Performed in English
  • October 10, Friday at 8 PM: El Grito de una Máscara: Los de En medio II-Performed in Spanish
  • October 11, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM: Vaselina/Grease- Performed in Spanish with Engish super-titles
  • October 12, Sunday at 2 PM: The Women of Juarez-Performed in English

For more information about ALAC, click here.