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March 2022 Newsletter

A Note from LCAC Board Member

I want to thank all the hands involved in LCAC’s success, including the Team, Partners, Donors and our wonderful Volunteers. In honor of Women’s History Month and our newest exhibition: Malintzin: Unraveled and Rewoven, a special Thank You to all our women supporters, including our Founder, Adrianna Abarca, for inspiring the LCAC!  May our work pay homage to Indigenous women everywhere, and all the women in our lives, who have woven our stories and dreams into the world for centuries. We are all threads connecting to pattern and energize the LCAC so we can continue to explore, create and make spaces for all our stories to be heard and shared. Flor Alvidrez Owner of Flor Sells Denver


A Note from LCAC Team Member What excites me most about Malintzin: Unraveled and Rewoven is for people to 'rediscover' Malinche's story and to celebrate her. To have conversations of what it means to be a powerful, intelligent, brave, Indigenous woman.  I chose to work with fabric because clothing is a commanding presence in how Malintzin/Malinche is depicted. Clothing is a visual representation of one’s power and status. In the Tillet Tapestry “The Conquest of Mexico” we see Malintzin dressed in intricately woven huipils leading the people. I want her to be viewed as a real person, not just a historical figure, and for women to see themselves reflected in her story. Lilian Lara Community Arts Programs


Letter from LCAC Executive Director: As we look to turn the page on Winter and welcome the Spring, I want to bring us back to a moment of gratitude with a Snapshot of 2021 that we have added to the LCAC Blog. When I feel overwhelmed, I think of my mom-ma's courage, and ground myself in the thought that it is an honor and a privilege to lead the LCAC & be part of a resilient, talented, & welcoming community. We are all entangled in the spirit of Latinidad; united by a Vision of excellence and social impact. Thank you for giving me a sense of confidence and pride seeing everything we accomplished together and the endless growth ahead! Alfredo Reyes Denver Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

Latest LCAC News/ Upcoming LCAC Events

The LCAC 2021 Snapshot is Here!

We embraced the challenges of the year and we could not be more proud of everything we accomplished! We hope you are too! Our Vision of building a Cultural Campus that inspires social change will take ALL of us!

"Malintzin: Unraveled and Rewoven" Opening Reception @ Next Stage/ Experience Gallery March 31, from 5-7pm

Malintzin: Unraveled and Rewoven, is an immersive journey that untangles one of Mexico’s most captivating icons. It opens March 31, 2022 with a reception at the CU Denver Experience Gallery (formerly the Next Stage Gallery), from 5:00-7:00pm. Inspired by DAM’s “Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche,” this installation brings Denver-based artists Lilian Lara, Norbeto Mojardin, and CU Denver Professor Bryan Leister and his students to examine the polarizing figure that served as a bridge between the Aztec and Spanish empires. It loosens the threads of Malinche and reweaves them into a jungle of fabric foliage and textiles that reflects an evolving interpretation of her power as a woman caught in impossible situations. This exhibition is presented as a partnership among the Latino Culture Arts Center (LCAC), CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media (CAM), and the Denver Art Museum; this exhibition is free and open to the public through May 1, 2022. Let Us Know You Are Coming!

Join the LCAC at Curious Theatre for a Post-Show Panel Discussion with Moderator Alfredo Reyes


Buy your tickets to see Refuge on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 to enjoy an after-show panel discussion with community leaders and activists who will spread awareness about current injustices faced by migrants attempting to find safety in the United States. Panelists Laura Peniche | Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Sulma Mendoza | Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic Tessa Nelson | Spring Institute Denver Shabnam | Spring Institute Denver About Refuge Chronicling the harrowing journey of one young Honduran girl as she crosses the US border into the inhospitable, barren land of Texas, REFUGE is an exploration of empathy and of America. who we are and who we say we are.

Rocky Ridge Music Summer Camp

We've partnered with Rocky Ridge Music to work toward the goal of launching an exciting new week-long residential summer camp dedicated to the music of the Americas. Nuestras Raices: Música Mariachi will focus on this traditional music in its inaugural year. Led by LCAC Music Programs Director Marialuisa Meza-Burgos, this program brings together expert Mariachi performers and educators providing individual instruction in violin, trumpet, guitar and voice. Classes will include lessons on the culture, history and theory of Mariachi. Full and partial scholarships are available

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