The Mexican Cultural Center in Denver plans to showcase major events through the remainder of 2018 highlighted by their Día de Muertos, Latin Beats and premiere Del Sur Al Norte art exhibit by Manuel Cordero.
Debuting on Thursday at the Mexican Cultural Center, the exhibit Del Sur Al Norte features work by Manuel Cordero a Denver resident who hails originally from Mexico and has designed pieces for renowned media like Universal Studios, Walt Disney Worldwide, Nickelodeon and MTV Networks.
“He is an amazing artist,” said Ana Valles, newly named Executive Director, Mexican Cultural Center. “This exhibit focuses on immigration and why people from Latin America migrate.”
The pieces involved in the free exhibit portray a message of solidarity and allow visitors to interact with the exhibit as well.
“He has some different 3D pieces and they are very interactive,” Valles said. “People can contribute to those pieces by leaving a message. It’s very creative.”
Valles added that several Latin American countries are represented in the exhibit beyond Mexico.
Though the Mexican Cultural Center has been partnering with the Colorado Symphony for about 10 years, that collaboration reached a new peak last year with the inaugural Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Americas event which combined the symphony orchestra with traditional sounds of Latin America.
“It’s a fusion of the classical music of the symphony with more contemporary and traditional latin sounds,” Valles said.
She added that the free, community concert went over very well with spectators and event staff in 2017.
“We include other communities and other cultures as well as Mexico,” Valles said. “It’s open to everyone, so you have a community of Venezuelans and Colombians.”
The multi-cultural environment also meant that the concert sold out very quickly. Valles clarified saying that though free, people who plan to attend still have to pick up tickets to gain entry due to limited seating.
“We distribute the tickets at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office, so people need to pick up their tickets there and you need a ticket to get in,” Valles said. “Due to capacity we need to count people to get in, we have a limited space in the capacity of Boettcher Concert Hall.”
Valles added that though an individual has a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat, making it important to show up early.
“We distribute more tickets than capacity because sometimes people get a ticket and in the end they are not able to attend the concert and those tickets get lost,” she said. “This has worked in the past very well, but we are very clear that you need to get a ticket even though its’a free concert.”
Though the Colorado Symphony is the focal point of Latin Beats, there are some artists joining the foray that have Valles excited - including a Tango group and Tango dancers to entertain the growing Argentinian population in Denver and the Spanish-language rock band, Izcalli.
“It will be interesting because they are a little bit more rock, but they will be playing with the symphony,” she said. “The music will be amazing, like something you have never heard before.”
The concert is one-day only, September 20th at the Boettcher Concert Hall.
Perhaps the most celebrated Mexican Culture Center events are their Día De Muertos celebrations. From October to November visitors to the MCC in Denver and at the Día de Muertos celebration in Longmont at the Longmont museum can enjoy a variety of Día de Muertos displays and activities ranging from altars to alebrijes, while also learning about the cultural significance of the festivity.
“Día de Muertos is very traditional and we make it our mission to get the traditions out there, but also be authentic at the same time,” Valles said of the events.
One-day events will also take place on November 1 at the Día de Muertos Celebration at The People’s Building in Aurora and on November 3 at a celebration in Breckenridge.
Día del Niño (Children’s Day), has grown as an annual celebration throughout Mexico. This day recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society, and endorses their well being.
In 2018 over 18,000 adults and children over a weekend attended the programs developed with key partnerships such as Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, History Colorado, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.
Spring 2019 opens the programming season. The Mexican Cultural Center continues to hold the celebration in honor of children. “This day is a very important festivity in our community, as we celebrate diversity, imagination, creativity, science and the arts that transcend boundaries and languages.” said Ana Valles
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