October is a great time to select a program for your school celebrating the unique artistic traditions of Mexico, Central and South America and the Carribean. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15, celebrating the cultures and contributions of American citizens with roots in these regions, and the important Meso-American holiday of Dia de los Muertos follows right behind on November 1-2.
Youth in Arts is proud to offer your students a wide range of unique arts learning experiences with roots in these diverse parts of the world. Bring one of our artists to your school now, or throughout the year.
Click below to find out more about some of the 45-minute performances available through our School Assemblies Program:
- Balamcoatl Indigenous Meso-American Music & Dance
- Ballet Folklorico by local troupe Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl or San Francisco-based Ensambles de San Francisco
- Traditional Music from the Andes by Chaskinakuy
- Peruvian Music and Dance by De Rompe y Raja
- Brazilian choro music from Grupo Falso Baiano
- Calypso Songs and Storytelling with Asheba
- Brazilian Capoeira with Maestro Samuka and Capoeira Barauna
Our Artists in Schools program can also provide residencies of any duration in the above music and dance, or visual arts residencies in forms like Cartonería (creation of painted sculptures from recycled paper or cardboard), Huichol yarn painting or the making of traditional Meso-American musical instruments.
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of American citizens with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The federal observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period that includes the September 15 independence celebrations for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as Mexican and Chilean independence days on September 16 and September 18 and Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) on October 12. Many communities continue celebrations through October to include Dia de los Muertos on November 1-2.