Monday, October 7, 2013

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 2013

     Coming Soon on November 2nd, 2013!!

     The Centro Artistico y Cultural invites you to participate in our yearly event, the Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, which includes a series of community workshops specific to both traditional and contemporary themes.  The understanding of Mexican culture is an invaluable tool that integrates its diverse population with recognition of our human frailties, our joys in life, and our family and community.

     Culture and tradition are the basis of knowledge, ideas, and skills that enable a group of people to survive in their environment.  These services provide the greater community an opportunity to enter into the heart/mind of our Mexican and indigenous roots and to explore the fact that we all share the same human needs and values.  Our rich historical and cultural tradition of celebrating our deceased provides participants with a sense of belonging to a community.  It offers everyone, children and adults, the chance to engage in a celebration that places them in an historical timeline and fosters a safe place to discuss the feelings of mortality and continuity.

     It is in this spirit of unity and celebration that we hope you can join us!


Music Workshop by CEIBA, "Latin American roots music", 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     CEIBA formed in 1999 at La Pena del Pueblo, a workers' cultural project at La Mujer Obrera (now Centro Mayapan), with the purpose of reclaiming and disseminating the musical genres of Latin American folk, neo-folk, and New Song marginalized by the commercial music industry.  The cultural, historical, and artistic value of this music and the poetry of its lyrics encourage us to explore a vast and rich human geography formed by the confluence and conflict of Indigenous, European, African, and Semitic traditions.  The Americas have as many cultures and struggles as the macaw has colors.  CEIBA interprets corrodes, sones, huaynos, pirecuas, cumbers, guajiras, joropos, polkas, says, takiraris, danzas, waylas, albazos, and condombes.  Core musicians are Jena Camp, Raul Garcia, Norma Orozco, and Lorenzo Guel-Camp, son of CEIBA's co-founder and musical director Lorenzo Guel (1961-2009).  Norma and Rubi Orozco also dance the zapateado.

Music by Dr. Iya Khan, Outdoor Stage, 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
     Dr. Khan has been a professional musician for over 25 years.  He was a big smash in Las Vegas for ten of those years with his band "Iya Khan and Would-be Kings".  He played all the casinos and hotels, was a house band at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and toured the U.S.A. and Europe.  He plays a "smokin" guitar, has a voice like a rock and roll angel, and it's hard not to get up and dance when he plays.  He is a talented songwriter and lyricist, and can create and record music tracks for other artists.

Gallery Opening, David Andersen, "Tonto y Gureo", 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
     David Anderson began his early career working as an Entomologist for Environmental Labs where he expedited USDA grants that studied pesticides.  After several years working in this field, he changed directions and decided to become an artist.  After graduating with his MFA degree in Painting in 1988, Andersen worked as a studio instructor and full time Director of Galleries at five universities and colleges, including the University of Texas, El Paso.  He is currently Professor of Art at Clackamas Community College, where he directs the Drawing and Painting programs.

Hands-on Events & Public Participation:

  • Community Altar
  • "World's Largest Painted Skull" with artist Israel Armendariz
  • Skull painting Station
  • Buena Vista Azteca Dancers
  • Papel Picado by Mary Lou Valencia on display
  • Dead Bread, Roasted Corn, and Cafe el Chuco to pour over coffee
Check out the video from last year's Dia de Los Muertos, 2012:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Land Arts of the American West Visits the Centro Artistico y Cultural

Land Arts of the American West 2012 travels to Buena Vista
(Photo: Chrissie Orr)
     Land Arts of the American West, an interdisciplinary program taught through the University of New Mexico, joined the Centro Artistico y Cultural this past October for five days of intense, rewarding, and ongoing collaboration.  The collaborative efforts of the Land Arts group involved an investigation of Buena Vista, its unique resources, and the generous community that calls Buena Vista 'home'.  During the visit, the Land Arts students worked on aspects of a grant application, which involved meeting with Buena Vista residents, exploring the unique wetlands site of the Buena Vista area, and contacting and meeting with business and city officials for input and support.  The multifaceted nature of the collaboration was a learning experience on many different levels, and the Land Arts students were fortunate to have had such a rich experience.  Thank you to the Centro Artistico y Cultural and Roberto Salas for their support as well as the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association and Armando Carlos, the residents of Buena Vista that made our visit such a welcome experience, visiting artist Chrissie Orr, Land Arts coordinators, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Bill Gilbert, and Ryan Henel, and all others who made this collaborative trip a success.

Meeting outside to discuss plans (Photo: Jeanette Hart-Mann)
Roberto Salas, the director of the Centro Artistico y Cultural, gives students
a tour of Buena Vista (Photo: Chrissie Orr)
An environmental collaborative group explores the unique resources of
Buena Vista (Photo: Jeanette Hart-Mann)
The group taking a break from the hot sun (Photo: Jeanette Hart-Mann)
Buena Vista locals, Armando Carlos and Luis Jimenez (Photo: Chrissie Orr)
Celia McKinnon, Lea Andersson, Eso Robinson, and
Buena Vista resident, Luis Jimenez (Photo: Chrissie Orr)
Meeting with El Paso District Representative, Courtney Niland, and El Paso Museum
and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Socorro Diamondstein (Photo: Amelia Zaraftis)
Arturo Trujillo of Cemex Corporation, gives a tour of the wetlands, better
known as "Cement Lake" (Photo: Amelia Zaraftis)
Checking out the recently painted and soon-to-be
new Centro Artisitco y Cultural (Photo: Amelia Zaraftis)
Thank you Buena Vista, and until we meet again! (Photo: Eric Cook)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dia de los Muertos Invitation

Dia de los Muertos Invitation
November 2, 2012   6pm- 12am

120 Courshesne Street                            El Paso Texas 79922
Contact Roberto Salas
619 8861892

  Dear friend of the Centro Artistico, 

This year we are planning a different approach to the Dia de los Muertos celebration, which will fall on the evening of Friday November 2nd.   Since we do not have a home yet, but have a yard, we will be using the 120 Courshesne street location to host the event. A stage will be set up and music entertainment will be provided, as well as face painting, food, and drinks for visitors.
Community members and friends will be invited to construct mobile altars.  Kits for participation will be provided to residents, friends and artists who would like to construct, and decorate, an altar to honor loved ones.   The kit provided includes a wooden starter base, and the participant provides the decorative elements. Instruction guidelines and creative suggestions on materials will be included with the framework for the altars.
On November 2nd at 6pm, participants will meet at the Buena Vista “Plaza de las Quarto Culturas” (Stones Park) on Vista Hill & Torres to stage a parade within the streets of Buena Vista to the cultural center. Each altar needs to be carried by two people. Calaca dancers and Matachines will accompany the decorative altars along the route. Upon arrival at the cultural center, the altars will be on display for the duration of the event for a closer look at the details.
The participants will be able to take their mobile altars home at the end of the event. The evening events will consist of food and entertainment from various musical acts.
If you care to participate, please pick up your kit October 8th- 12th at the Buena Vista Grocery store. Get started now and be a part of this historical fun event. RSVP: 619 886-1892 (So we know how many kits to prepare).This event is supported in part by Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
City’s Museums & Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) El Paso
Buena Vista Grocery StoreBuena Vista Neighborhood Association   Land Arts of the American Southwest ( UNM)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Buena Vista Bus Shelter Project

Project: Land Arts program production arm Survival Kit Collective (SKC) collaboration with Roberto Salas director of the Centro Artistico y Cultural (CAC) and Armando Carlos president of the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association (BVNA) in design and construction of a bus stop for the community.

Participants: Armando Carlos, Nina Dubios, Bill Gilbert, Jane Gordon, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Ryan Henel, Elena Lopez, Roberto Salas, and many others.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dia de los Muertos en Buena Vista

Centro Artistico Y Cultural
Proudly Presents
Dia de los Muertos en Buena Vista
Maestra Marylou Valencia

Public Reception
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 7-10pm
Calaca face painting!
Music, food and drink!
Bring offerings for the community altar on display
Galeria Camino Real
Hours: Wednesdays 6-8pm
Saturday 2:00—5:00pm
3474 Doniphan, El Paso, TX 79922
Free Workshop
Altar arrangements for our beloved deceased
Sugar & plaster skull making! Papel picado and more!
Workshop Dates: Saturday, Oct.22, Monday & Tuesday, Oct 24 & 25, 2011
Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition will be documented and posted on our sites, facebook
Centro Artistico y Cultural Buena Vista
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Laura "Laurie" Ruiz - Arts Administrator

Roberto Salas - Director