February 2023 Newsletter

The Latest LCAC News & Upcoming Events

Why Would a Chicana from Texas Celebrate Black History Month?

In celebration of Black History Month, we look to our ability to co-create across differences by strengthening our shared experiences and inspiring solidarity across borders. Read the LCAC’s Marketing and Digital Infrastructure Manager, Victoria Paige Gonzalez’ personal reflection about the historic “Hunger Wall'' mural created in 1968 at the center of Resurrection City, and how it inspires her to embody Cultural Courage.

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Join Us For an Evening of Mariachi at Auraria Campus

In Spring, part-one of Viva Southwest provides Mariachi Workshops for students of all ages; including those in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as university and community participants from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. 

Mark your calendars because the 2-day workshop series will culminate with a spectacular Mariachi Community Showcase on April 15th, 2023 at The King Center on the Auraria Campus, from 7-9pm. The lineup includes Regional Mariachi Master Maestros and student groups. 

Stay tuned! Showcase Tickets will go on sale March 2023!

Join Us in Celebrating The Best of Sun Valley

The Sun Valley Rising Viaduct Night Market welcomes you to celebrate culture, art, and food at our 3rd annual event! Local chefs, artisans, and entrepreneurs throughout Denver will be in attendance along with live entertainment.

Mark your calendars and join us Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 4-10pm, under the Colfax Viaduct, on the south end of Empower Field.

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LCAC Mambo Orchestra Partner, Mi Vida Strings, Partners with Kolstein New York

This past fall, our partner and friend Eric Trujillo, owner of Mi Vida Strings and Master Luthier, combined forces with Kolstein’s New York. Founded by a Jewish immigrant family over 70 years ago, Kolstein is internationally recognized and respected as a fine string instrument company.

When first-generation Latino, Manny Alvarez, bought the company three years ago, he knew that Latinos deserved access to high-quality instruments. 

This partnership is about two success stories of Latino shop owners working together to serve excellent programs in Colorado’s thriving Mariachi and Latin music communities.” - Eric Trujillo

What does this exclusive partnership mean for student and professional musicians in Colorado? A full-line of top grade instruments and accessories are now available at Mi Vida String’s full-service shop, where they also offer world-class repair and restoration services. Students in programs like LCAC’s Viva Southwest and Mambo Orchestra will be able to enjoy these benefits to enhance their music education.

Congratulations, Maestro!

WATCH: “A Mi Manera” Episode 1: Mi Vida Strings

En Comunidad

Congratulations to our dear friend and sponsor, Chef Dana Rodriguez, on being recognized as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award! She is the genius behind Work & Class, Super Mega Bien, Cantina Loca, Dona Loca Mezcal and Tequila, and Executive Chef at Casa Bonita. We are inspired by her high culinary standards and her role as a leader in our community.

Cantina Loca sponsored The Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival in 2022 at the VIP Reception at Levitt Pavilion Denver.

MCA Denver Accepting Applications for a $20,000 Scholarship for Graduating High School Students

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is awarding one $20,000 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior who demonstrates innovation, creativity, fearlessness, and a willingness to risk failure in the pursuit of something new. Open to students in any area of study, are a resident of and attend high school in Colorado, and will graduate from high school in the spring of 2023. Please share widely within your networks!

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