Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theater group made up of day laborers. Since 2008, the ten-member troupe has developed fifteen short plays examining social justice issues such as worker and immigrant rights, building healthy families and workplaces, and exploring the creation of…
Food is always central to any gathering of significance, and the preparation of regional celebratory food for special occasions such as a wedding, a patron saint day, or other religious holidays, is assigned to those invested in keeping vibrant the regional flavors. In Juxtlahuaca district located within the Mixteca region…
In Mexico there exists an incredible diversity of dance traditions from the son jarocho from Veracruz, to the redovas of the northern states, to the jarana tradition in Yucatan, many of which are often included as part of the nation state identity and as part of the ballet folklorico presentations.
Madera, California, boasts a large Oaxacan community who are largely agricultural workers.  The community has recognized that back strap weaving is one of the many traditions of the indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, that is almost non-existent with the move to California.  A natural context of learning to weave from…
Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac is folkloric dance group performing the regional dances of Oaxaca, Mexico. The performing group was founded in 1989 by the Regional Organization of Oaxaca which, two years earlier, introduced to California the first Guelagetza celebration which is a well-established and beloved event in their home state. Today…
Oaxaca Tierra del Sol is a nonprofit, grassroots organization created in Santa Rosa in 2013.  They are dedicated to sharing the roots and cultures of the people of Oaxaca in Sonoma County through one of Oaxaca’s greatest cultural expressions and gatherings known as La Guelagetza.   …
For over 40 years, the Inlakech Cultural Arts Center/Lucha, Inc. has provided youth and adults with a free, afterschool cultural education program.  Centered in the heart of Oxnard, California, many of Inlakech’s students come from low-income agricultural families, who are greatly underserved.  Children from the age of two to the…
Ballet Folklórico Pilares de México was formed in 2008, offering instruction in regional Mexican folk dances to an initial seven children.  Currently, over 55 children and adolescents (ages 5-18) are an active part of the troupe, which performs at community events and venues in Orange County, including hospitals, churches, family…
Son Jarocho is a folkloric music developed from the southern Mexican states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas.  This Afro-Mestizo hybrid blends Spanish, indigenous (primarily Huastecan), and African elements into a joyous celebration of Mexican identity.  Son Jarocho is often played only on jaranas (small stringed instruments) and sung in a call…
Teatro Visión de San José is a Chicano theater company with nearly three decades of service to the community.  Their mission is to celebrate culture, nurture community, and inspire vision through art that moves people to feel, think, and act to create a better world.  Teatro…