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Monday, August 19th, 2013

Among the tacos and Mariachis, tiny youth orchestra blossoms in Boyle Heights

By Mary Plummer, KPCC Mayte Castro’s bedroom door is decorated with stickers that read,”In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” Three sets of butterfly wings made out of fabric hang on the wall above her bed. And on her bookshelf sits her most treasured object: a music box shaped like a tiny violin.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Chicanísima Chicago Cultural Calendar: April 2013

By Teresa Puente, Chicanísima We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers....

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Kennedy Center Commission to Include Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Remember all the commotion about Latinos and the Kennedy Center Honors a few months back? Back in September sharp words were launched back and forth between Center director Michael Kaiser and Felix Sanchez,...

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Blanco First Latino Poet to Recite at Inaugural

By Pete Burn, CNN Click on picture to read story.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Biggest Latino Story of the year by Felix Sanchez

By LIN@R Felix Sanchez, Chairman of the National HIspanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) talks with the Latino Information Network at Rutgers (LINAR) about the Biggest News Story for the Latino community and the NHFA on 2012....

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Negotiating Identity, Diversity and Recognition

By Eduardo Diaz, Huffington Post Latino Voices Many may have read about the recent flare-up between Michael Kaiser and Felix Sánchez. Kaiser is President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Sánchez directs the National Hispanic Foundation for...

Monday, October 8th, 2012

MacArthur Foundation Fellow: Natalia Almada, Mexican American “genius”

By Susana G. Baumann, Voxxi A genius is someone whose unparalleled intellectual ability and creativity has allowed them to understand the inner nature of things and reach mastery in their activity or discipline. For Natalia Almada, a 2012 MacArthur Foundation...

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Viva Kennedy? The Latino Lockout at the Kennedy Center

By Lalo Alcaraz, Pocho Ñews Service “Latinos can go “blank” themselves!”  This is what Kennedy Center director Michael Kaiser must have been thinking when he screamed, “Go F___ yourself!” into the telephone when confronted by Felix Sanchez, director...

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Bien Hecho: Carmen Tafolla Is San Antonio’s First Poet Laureate

Earlier this month, the city of San Antonio, Texas inaugurated its first Poet Laureate, UTSA scholar Dr. Carmen Tafolla. Tafolla, currently the university’s writer-in-residence for Children’s, Youth, and Transformative Literature was selected by Mayor Julián Castro for her...

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Bien Hecho: California Swears In First Latino Poet Laureate

California Governor Jerry Brown swore in Juan Felipe Herrera as the state’s new Poet Laureate last week.  Herrera currently serves as Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Aside from being...

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Bien Hecho: LA Students Use Chicano Moratorium As Inspiration

On August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, a group of Chicanos got together in order to discuss how to best oppose the Vietnam War; included in the mix were Brown Berets, walkout leaders, and an assorted...

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Teen Is First Latina To Star In Tennessee’s Nutcracker Ballet

Alondra Gomez of Chattanooga, Tennessee may only be 14 years old, but she’s already making history in the state’s local ballet company as the first Latina to be cast in a major role. Gomez came to America six years ago...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Meet Amigoman, The Bilingual Vigilante

Like many kids his age, my nephew is obsessed with superheroes.  With Halloween right around the corner, his current 4-year-old life dilemma is choosing between a Batman or Spiderman costume.  My biggest struggle with him, aside from...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Underserved Communities Get 10 Percent Of Arts Grant Money

By The National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy America’s dynamic arts and culture landscape continues to evolve along with the changing needs and demographics of our communities. Yet, findings from a new report show that a majority of...

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