West Valley Arts Imprint: Viva La Cultura, an 8-month celebration of the impression of Latino and Xicanx society on American lifestyle highlighted by way of shared stories and artistic expression, will kick off Saturday, Could 1, with a half-working day festival at The Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Heart Plaza in Shock.

The cost-free function from noon to 6 p.m. contains reside music and dance from group group dancers and bands, children’s story telling by elders in the community, deal with portray, arts & crafts, sellers and foodstuff trucks. The Arizona Coyotes will be on hand for a free prize giveaway with the Spinning Wheel of Prizes.

Are living performers consist of:

  • Mariachi Continental Azteca Band (noon)
  • Ballet Folklorico Esperanza (1 p.m.)
  • Jazz Con Alma showcasing Leon Santiago (2 p.m.)
  • Poetry of Yaritza Flores Bustos (3:45 p.m.)
  • Freddy Flopez (4 p.m.)
  • Simone Sanchez (4:30 p.m.)

Sponsors of Viva La Cultura involve the Arizona Coyotes Basis,Estrella Mountain Group Higher education, Fairway Impartial Property finance loan Corp. and Sunwest Credit history Union.

The occasion also marks the opening of an exhibition from April 30 to June 4 in the gallery that includes artwork by Hugo Medina, Edgar Fernandez, Adriana Martinez, Mobile 13, Diego Perez, Sam Gomez, Sam Fresquez and Zarco Guerrero.

The no cost exhibition will be open to the public for the duration of ordinary gallery hrs, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays by means of Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

“The impact of Latino and Xicanx society is prevalent, lengthy-lasting and deeply rooted,” mentioned West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett. “Our significant-picture mission at West Valley Arts by means of our Imprint software is to bring consciousness of and recognition to the heritage, tradition and cultures of our extremely various community.”

West Valley Arts also is partnering with Westmarc for a virtual neighborhood discussion focusing on the Latino and South American group.
Supplemental programming and situations will be introduced in the coming months.

For information about West Valley Arts, check out www.westvalleyarts.org.