Included with general museum admission
We are uniting with cultural organizations from around America to pay tribute to the generations of Latine and Hispanic Americans who have enriched our nation and society. Join us as we learn about Latino heritage from the perspectives of Ohioans with different cultural backgrounds.
Speakers for the event:
Moderator - Rosa Rojas, Curator at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center.
Curator, educator, artist and designer Rosa Rojas creates through many mediums: mixed media, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry, ceramics, and graphic design. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Rojas attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and worked with several NY design studios before accepting a position with the Ohio History Connection and currently curating exhibits at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. An advocate of expression and healing through the Arts, Rojas is a community artist who uses art to develop multicultural understanding.
Elena Foulis - Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director for the Center for Ethnic Studes, OSU.
Author of [email protected] Stories Across Ohio - a bilingual oral history book that documents Latino life, from interviews collected from March 2014 to December 2014. It includes the stories of women and men, older and younger generations, artists, students, activists, educators, and everyday people in English and Spanish. It uses the traditional elements of oral history methodology along with maps, videos, pictures, audio and text.
Annette Vasquez - founder and creator of Mercadito Cositas Lindas.
- 1:00pm- Welcome and Intro with Rosa Rojas
- 1:10pm Highlights from last year’s Celebrando dialogue
- 1:30pm- Presentation by Elena Foulis
- 2:15pm- Talk by Annette Vasquez
- 2:30pm- Celebrando 2023 with Rebecca Kemper
- 3:00pm- Dance by Oyo Dance Company
Ongoing hands-on activities include:
- DIY Molas art - Mola, or Molas, is part of a traditional outfit of a Kuna woman in Panama. In Dulegaya, the Kuna’s native language, “mola” means “shirt” or “clothing”. These are brightly woven panels of shapes, designs, animals. Visitors will be able to create their own Mola with construction paper and designs.
- Make a Vejigante Mask - The vejigante, pronounced ve-hee-GAN-the is a character that represents an enemy or monster and can be seen in Puerto Rico during festivals like Carnanval. The mask is known as the careta and is usually made of papier mache and is one of the most recognizable examples of Puerto Rican folk art.
Partners for the event:
Oyo Dance Company
Mercadito Cositas Lindas