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Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton. 

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration includes activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers.

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters, and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” 

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) will cap off Delta’s annual "50 Jazz Band" Jazz Festival, Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. in Atherton Auditorium. PMO won the 2014 Grammy for "Best Tropical Latin Album.” This dynamic 19 piece Latin Big Band from San Francisco plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, and Cha Cha. PMO is called “The sound of the new Mambo!” http://www.pacificmambo.com/ 

PMO Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents documentary photography

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents documentary photography

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery Presents  
                                         Documentary Photography

Utility Box Design Contest 2

Utility Box Design Contest 2

The Downtown Utility Box Design Contest has returned. The theme is, "Artistic Illusions - Art Reflects Life" requesting designs that create an optical illusion of objects in 3-D. The contest is open to Stockton high school and college students.  Deadline for submission is Monday, November 17 at midnight.  Link here for details.

Highlighted Utility Box Design Contest Past Winner

Deanna Medek started art at a young age.  She developed her skills by drawing her favorite characters. Deanna knew if she wanted to get better she had to take classes so she began formal art instruction in middle school.

October Observances Part 2

October Observances Part 2

I celebrated Filipino American History Month this October watching three films by Marissa Aroy at Delta College – The Recipe; Little Manila, Filipinos In California’s Heartland and The Delano Manongs, Forgotten Heroes Of The United Farm Workers which detailed Larry Itliong’s involvement.  The films were followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Marissa Aroy, Professors James Sobredo and Debra Louie, Johnny Itliong (son of Larry Itliong), moderated by Journalist Emil Guillermo.

During the discussion several points were made – We have to tell our own story and we need to learn from the past or it will be repeated.  My take away is all voices must be heard for the complete picture to emerge.