A local downtown park was filled over the weekend with traditional music, food and exhibits from Oaxaca,Mexico as natives and others celebrated International Women’s Day 2013.
Organizer Silvia Rojas, who was among nine Central Valley residents to complete the Pan Valley Institute’s Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program, used the skills she gained to put on Nuestra Plaza: Cultura y Tradición Indigena, which translates to Our Plaza: Indigenous Culture and Tradition.
The yearlong program, coordinated by the American Friends Service Committee’s PVI with the support of the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, is aimed to teach fellows to nurture a sense of belonging, organizing skills, and the different forms of public expression as a way of becoming politically and civically engaged.
The plaza was part of the Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series and the culmination of the fellowship program. The series features nine heritage based events this spring throughout the Central Valley. The events feature visual arts, theater, dance, storytelling, poetry and cultural ceremonies of the Valley’s diverse immigrant communities...