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Latino Festival of the Arts and Day of the Dead Altar Exhibition
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Latino Festival of the Arts and Day of the Dead Altar Exhibition

atino music, education and performance arts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


August 27, 2012 | 03:07 PM

The Indiana State Museum gets hot and spicy at a new one-day program on Sept. 29 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino Festival of the Arts (Latinofest) will showcase the best in Latino music and culture, including salsa dancing, organization booths representing more than 20 Latino businesses, games, visual artists, and family arts and crafts activities. The Latino Festival will take place in the Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall and is free to the public.

"Consul of Mexico Juan Solana and I are having the best time leading the challenge to inaugurate a new downtown tradition," said event co-chair and local businessman Marco Dominguez. The festival's planning committee consists of a dozen Latino community leaders who are partnering with the museum to grow the event.

Radio Disney Indianapolis, a key partner for Latino Festival, will feature a 90-minute experience that includes music, games, activities, dance parties and prize drawings. They will also offer their FREE Bilingual Kid's Safety ID program, sponsored by AT&T Advertising Solutions.

"We see the Bilingual Kid's Safety ID program as a first-step for Latino families to take toward their children's safety," said Jaclyn Knowles, promotions coordinator at Radio Disney Indianapolis. "The ID card includes a photo of the child, their full name, parents'/guardians' name and phone number, height, weight, eye and hair color. The backside of the ID will include information about the child's allergies as well as a few safety tips provided by AT&T Advertising Solutions."

The celebration begins with a one-hour musical performance by Staci Sandoval and Trio Compaz and a salsa dance demonstration by Yang Xiao and IntoSalsa Dance Company of Indianapolis. After the performance is an opening ceremony featuring a parade of flags representing Latino countries, comments by co-chairs Marco Dominguez, Consul of Mexico Juan Solana, Mayor Dean Jessup of Lawrence, Carlos Sosa of the Sosa Group, and Jaclyn Knowles of Radio Disney Indianapolis. Raphael Sanchez of WRTV 6 is the host of the opening ceremony, presenting in English and Spanish.

The remaining schedule of activities includes:

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Community Organizations Fair
  • Comcast
  • Financial Center Federal Credit Union
  • WTHR.com en Espanol
  • La Plaza
  • Consul of Mexico Office
  • Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs
  • Radio Latina 107.1 FM
  • Radio La Joya 810 AM
  • Radio Lay Ley 1590 AM
  • IntoSalsa Latino Dance Studio
  • Indiana Latino Institute
  • Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • Cathedral High School
  • IUPUI Multicultural Success Center
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Frito Lay

    AMOR 2: Latino Art in Indiana Preview Exhibition, hosted by Carlos Sosa

    12:20 – 1:50 p.m.:Radio Disney Latino Kids' I.D. Program, Radio Disney Full Experience

    1:30 – 4 p.m.: Toy give-away by WalMart

    1:45 – 4 p.m.:Family Arts & Crafts (papel picado — paper cutting)

    2:30 – 4 p.m.: Passion Huasteca Guitar Trio

    Also of note is the month-long exhibit of D'a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Ofrendas. Visitors can see altars, or ofrendas, created by community members, artists, schools and families in Indiana. As in the Day of the Dead tradition, each altar will celebrate the life of a deceased person and symbolically welcome their returning soul. See how these altars are decorated using photos, trinkets, and other items to help personalize and create a tribute to each person. The museum will celebrate the Day of the Dead with a festival on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Both Latinofest and Day of the Dead events are included with museum admission. Altar exhibition is located in the Legacy Theater on the museum's Level 1 from Sept. 29 through Nov. 4, 2012.


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