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í Viva Mariachi !

Why is mariachi music experiencing a resurgence?

Because the traditional Mexican music, which dates back to at least the 19th century, is exciting and vibrant, said Lorenzo Trujillo, Ed.D., J.D., director of Metropolitan State University of Denver's ensemble Mariachi Los Correcaminos.

"It tells the stories that are universal stories — it's about all of us," he said. "The love, betrayal, legendary people."

MSU Denver's mariachi program is sharing those stories and a passion for the art across Colorado. And the university recently hosted the 4th annual Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival Workshop & Showcase. Sponsored by the Latino Cultural Arts Center, the festival featured more than 200 students alongside professional musicians and performers. 

MSU Denver and the Latino Cultural Arts Center Present the 2020 Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival

Supporting, Celebrating the Latino Community Through Philanthropy

There is a movement happening in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Denver that will transform the cultural arts scene regionally and internationally. Situated between Empower Field at Mile High and the Denver Housing Authority redevelopment is a series of colorful buildings that house the Latino Cultural Arts Center of Colorado (LCAC). Plans are underway for it to become an integrated campus that weaves performance and visual arts, and features an arts academy, a library, two museums, a gift shop, coffee shop, blackbox theater, and more.

“What A Great Show”….Que Viva! Southwest Mariachi Festival 2020

It was a sold-out affair as hundreds of mariachi music lovers came out for the 2020 Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival Workshop & Showcase on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the King Center Concert Hall on the Auraria Campus in Denver. 

Best Holiday Gift Markets in Denver

Another year, another holiday shopping season. Sigh. Thoughtful gifts from local makers, artisans and global fair-trade micro-businesses will help you along this season, as will the knowledge that you didn’t just throw your money at corporate retailers online. This year, try it our way: Have a small-scale social experience, buy well, go home and put up your feet.

Hijos Del Sol Unveils New Mural In Sun Valley Neighborhood

The Latino Cultural Arts Center’s (LCAC) Sun Valley retail shop, Hijos del Sol, unveiled its newly commissioned mural by artist and Denver native, David Ocetolotl García on December 7. The brightly colorful and boldly expressive mural sits on the front of the gift shop, located on 8th Avenue and Decatur St. in Denver, CO, where passersby can get a glimpse into the very soul of the gift shop.

Five Things to Do for Free in Denver This Weekend

It will be easy to keep yourself entertained this weekend: Holiday lights will be bright, the weather will be balmy, and free events abound. 

Best Holiday Markets for Last -Shopping

Oh, how did you let all that time get away from you? It’s the weekend before Christmas (with Hanukkah revving up even sooner), and you haven’t even come close to checking off all the names on your gift list. Relax. It’s a busy world. You can still get it done — and wrapped — before it’s too late, at these accommodating last-call markets.

Denver’s giving $130,000 to support creativity in the city. Here’s who gets the money.

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IMAGINE 2020 Fund Grantees for 2018

Denver Arts and Venues has announced the recipients of the 2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund Grant, as well as the IMAGINE 2020 Fund Grant.

Art Attack: Fourteen Things for Art Lovers to See and Do in Denver

The Mayan women of the Guatemalan collective Multicolores, known for their beautiful hand-hooked story rugs and embroidered dolls, will get a one-night-only showcase and reception on July 18 (artist presentation at 6 p.m.) at the Latino Cultural Arts Center, 2705 West Colfax Avenue. If you like what you see, LCAC’s fundraising gift shop, Hijos del Sol, will be open for a special sale on July 20.

The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 5 Through February 11

If your valentine has a traveler’s spirit, find something in tune with his or her heartbeat at the Hecho Con Amor shopping event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, at the Latino Cultural Arts Center’s Hijos del Sol gift shop, 2715 West Eighth Avenue. The day is a fundraiser for Latin American fair-trade artists and the center’s campaign to build a brick-and-mortar museum in Sun Valley. Choose from beautiful and whimsical artisan wares, from textiles and jewelry to hand-tapped tin cut-outs, milagros and ornaments.

Awarded Denver's Best Musuem Gift Shop in 2019

"Hidden in plain sight along an industrial strip on the edge of the Sun Valley neighborhood is the start of something really big for Denver. Hijos del Sol is the precursor to the gift shop that will eventually reside inside the Latino Cultural Arts Center, which is set break ground in 2020. But in the meantime, this small but mighty spot is filled with expertly curated textiles, one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-painted housewares and more. The shop's goal is to provide a revenue-generating space for artisans from Mexico, Central, and South America, as well as Colorado-based artists with a connection to the Latin American diaspora. So at the same time that shoppers are picking up fabulous arty items, they're also helping to celebrate and support Latino art." - Denver Westword

Hijos del Sol Featured as "Twenty Great Holiday Markets This Weekend In Colorado"

Hijos del Sol, the gallery and retail arm of the Latino Cultural Arts Center, supports folk artisans, both local and from across the many borders of Latin America, throughout the year, but they’ll bring out their best fair-trade finds from México, Guatemala, Ecuador, Perú and Colombia for holiday shopping this Saturday and next. Shop here and you’ll give and give again. Good work!

I want the Latino community to enjoy their roots and their culture

Adrianna Abarca, who was born and raised in Denver, has a dream. She wants the Hispanic community to enjoy their cultural roots by appreciating a variety of artistic expressions. “Once they get exposed to their culture, they will discover the riches of their cultural heritage,” she said. To fulfill this purpose, Abarca is designing a plan that will materialize at the north end of the Sun Valley neighborhood on Colfax, near the Mile High Broncos Stadium. This plan will take place in three phases.

Quiero que la comunidad Latino disfrute de su cultura y sus raíces

Adrianna Abarca, quién nació y creció en el norte de Denver, tiene un sueño. Ella quiere que la comunidad hispana disfrute sus raíces culturales apreciando diferentes expresiones artísticas. “Una vez que se expongan a su cultura, descubrirán la riqueza de su herencia cultural”, dijo. Para conseguir su propósito, Abarca diseña un plan que va a concretarse en el área norte del vecindario Sun Valley en Colfax y a corta distancia del Mile High Sport Authority Field. Ese plan se llevará a cabo en tres etapas. 

Urban Ventures Seeks to Make Sun Valley a Cultural Hub

“The Latino Cultural Arts Center will provide spaces to tell the story through art, in the Mexican Heritage collection and rotating Latino exhibitions. It will house a unique set of spaces that bring people together – to experience the power of art, dance, performance, lectures, and social events,” said Salgado.

How Sun Valley Will Change in the Next Five Years

 Even though it is bordered by I-25 on the east, Federal Boulevard on the west, 6th Avenue on the south and 20th Avenue on the north, Sun Valley’s rectangular neighborhood is anything but straight-edged. More than 100 years ago, the area was settled by a Jewish immigrant population, which in turn created an established working-class community by the early 1900s. Latinos started their migration to the area (though they were further north at first, along West 38th Avenue) in the 1930s, along with Irish and Italian families as well.

Revitalize, Not Gentrify: How Art Is Helping To Breathe New Life Into Denver's Sun Valley

"The changes that are coming, I just know they’re good changes,” said Saenz, a single mother of two. “And probably five years from now -- maybe 10 -- it’s not even going to look the same. It’s going to be showcased in a good way, not a negative thing anymore. Positive. Prosperous.” - Lisa Saenz, Sun Valley resident

Celebrating Women in Colorado

In celebration of Women's Month, we highlight the following special women in Colorado. Women have graced our world since the beginning of time. Beginning with Mary, Mother of Jesus, women have been the center of family and the core of so many groups and corporations. 

MSU Denver Lalo Delgado Poetry Fest Celebrates 11th Year Anniversary

Denver, Co.-Metropolitan State University of Denver, Chicana/o Studies Department celebrates the 11th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival Wed. April 4, 2018, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. at the St. Cajetan's Center, on the Auraria Campus, Denver with award-winning national poet  Demetria Martinez.

If there were such a thing as a “hole-in-the-wall” gallery, the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus in Denver, certainly qualifies. Housed in the Emmanuel Shearith Isreal Chapel adjacent to the Auraria Library, the gallery easily goes unnoticed, but through March 2nd it hosts a wealth of treasures in the exhibit “Belleza Mexicana.” 

Our Team was thrilled to learn that Tania Salgado was selected to the College of Fellows! This is a very big honor and we are proud to be working with her – Felicidades.

One of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods is about to undergo a renaissance that could see it become a cultural and entertainment hub in the heart of the city over the next decade. Developers are poised to build on an established, if unofficial, recreational district in and around Sun Valley, which stretches from Interstate 25 on the east to Federal Boulevard on the west, Sixth Avenue on the south to 20th Avenue on the north.

Exhibit at the Auraria Campus - True treasures are what you can see at the Emmanuel Art Gallery at the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver. These pieces of art include paintings, sculptures, jewelry and hand made clothing that belong to the Abarca family collection. This exhibit is an initiative of the Denver Latino Cultural Arts Center and the University of Colorado. The admission is free and it will be open from Tuesday through Sunday until March 2nd. 

Belleza Mexicana empowers women through art

The theme for the show is strong Mexican females in traditional and non-traditional roles. It was co-curated with Adrianna Abarca and CU Denver students using Abarca Family Collection. Opening night was Jan. 18 and drew a crowd of a couple hundred people. The exhibition will run through March 2 and is free for students.

The  Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver announced the opening of Belleza Mexicana (Mexican Beauty). The paintings, photographs, and textiles, on loan from Denver’s Abarca Family Collection, are the most extensive and significant in the Rocky Mountain Region. The show is open and there will be a public closing reception on March 1.

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