West Valley Arts Imprint: Viva La Cultura, an eight-month celebration of the impression of Latino and Xicanx lifestyle on American tradition highlighted as a result of shared tales and inventive expression, begins May 1 with a fifty percent-working day pageant at The Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Centre Plaza in Shock.

The free of charge party from noon to 6 p.m. features stay new music and dance from group team dancers and bands, children’s story telling by elders in the group, experience portray, arts & crafts, distributors and food items trucks. The Arizona Coyotes will be on hand for a absolutely free prize giveaway with the Spinning Wheel of Prizes.

Live performers incorporate:

  • Mariachi Continental Azteca Band (noon)
  • Ballet Folklorico Esperanza (1 p.m.)
  • Jazz Con Alma featuring 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 contain the Arizona Coyotes Basis,Estrella Mountain Group School, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and Sunwest Credit rating Union.

The party also marks the opening of an exhibition from April 30 to June 4 in the gallery featuring artwork by Hugo Medina, Edgar Fernandez, Adriana Martinez, Cell 13, Diego Perez, Sam Gomez, Sam Fresquez and Zarco Guerrero. The no cost exhibition will be open to the community during usual gallery hours, Monday by way of Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m.

“The influence of Latino and Xicanx lifestyle is prevalent, very long-lasting and deeply rooted,” reported West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett. “Our big-picture mission at West Valley Arts by way of our Imprint application is to convey consciousness of and recognition to the heritage, custom and cultures of our very diverse community.”

West Valley Arts also is partnering with Westmarc for a digital community conversation concentrating on the Latino and South American group.
Extra programming and occasions will be introduced in the coming months.

For information and facts about West Valley Arts, stop by www.westvalleyarts.org.