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Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company

Children’s Museum of Phoenix will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, with programs and events that will bring a taste of Hispanic and Latino culture to the Museum for visitors to enjoy.

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Gennaro Garcia

Throughout the month, international and local artist Gennaro Garcia’s artwork will be on display at the Museum. A native of San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, Garcia’s use of Italian techniques with oils, acrylics, wood and plaster, along with the combination of a Mexican color palette from his childhood, has resulted in art that showcases both world-class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective.

Garcia will also lead a special art class in print making on the Museum’s members-only night, Oct. 15.

Festivities during this month-long celebration also include:

Sept. 14-19: Make a Papel Picado Banner

Visitors are encouraged to make their own papel picado banner in the Art Studio. This colorful craft gives visitors the opportunity to make their own papel picado (perforated paper) using tissue paper and scissors.

Sept. 14 – Oct. 15: Create a Self-Portrait

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known for her self-portraits. She said, “I paint myself because I know myself best.”  In this activity, children will be encouraged create a self-portrait by drawing themselves using the mirrors in the Star Bar.

Sept. 21–30: Create a Surrealist Collage

Children will enjoy creating a surrealist collageusing Salvador Dali’s painting as inspiration in the Art Studio.

Oct. 1: Free First Friday Night

From 5–9pm, visitors will enjoy performances by:

  • Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company — Experience the beauty and joy of traditional folk dances from Mexico, Central America and South America. Fiesta Mexicana Dance company is a non-profit organization and serves as the official folkloric group for the City of Phoenix.
  • Mariachi Pasion — A local all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Pasion was formed in April 2002. The group itself started in a music class at Arizona State University and has grown into a 15-member group with the majority of musicians having worked their way through their education playing mariachi music. The group consists of educators, insurance agents, financial managers, health care professionals, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, IT professionals, accountants and engineers plus several musicians working their way through Arizona State University.

Oct. 5–10: Guatemalan Barriletes

This week’s Art Studio project will include Guatemalan barriletes,where children will be able to build their own colorful kite like those from the Giant Kite Festival in Guatemala.  

Oct. 12–17: Día de los Muertos Skull

Children can create a colorful Día de los Muertos skull in the Art Studio.

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