Arizona International Latina/o Arts Festival
5th Celebration of Latina/o Art and Poetry
March-June 2006

The Hispanic Research Center is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Arizona International Latina/o Arts Festival (AILAF), scheduled to be held at various sites around the valley between March 22 and July 8, 2007.

Since last year the National Endowment of the Arts has funded our new Latina/o Online Poetry Community and thus AILAF will be including some well-recognized poets at this year's festival.

Among the numerous events for this year’s AILAF are:

Poetry performance on March 22 by Tim Z. Hernández. Author of Skin Tax (Heydey Books, 2004), Hernández works in a variety of mediums including creative writing, physical theater and murals, and is known for his engaging performance style. ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, March 22, 10:30am

Art from the Gallista Community, an incredible collection of work by a small group of inspired artists who work at the Gallista Gallery and Studio in San Antonio, Texas. On display daily at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, April 2-30.

Celebration of Latina/o Art and Poetry. Join us for an evening of food, music and poetry with artists from San Antonio’s Gallista Community. The evening will feature a poetry performance by Brenda Cárdenas. Cárdenas is author of Boomerang (Bilingual Press, forthcoming) and co-editor of Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). ASU Kerr Cultural Center, April 6, 6-9pm

Also April 6 at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, AILAF will screen the brand-new video Yo soy/I amChicano Artists in Historical Context I: Three Northern California Artists, featuring interviews with and art by Chicana/o art movement icons Juana Alicia, José Montoya and Malaquías Montoya.

April 9, performance by poet Brenda Cárdenas (4:00 p.m.) at the ASU Downtown Phoenix Center, UCENT 286, 411 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Connecting Cultures: Art from the Hispanic Research Center Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, an exhibit of original paintings, sculptures, mixed-media pieces, and works on paper by Latina/o artists, featured at Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4, Level 3, through July 8, 2007.

These events are sure to make a festival ¡espectacular! as we continue our dedicated mission of promoting extraordinary and talented established and emerging writers and artists within our communities.

We hope to see you at AILAF!

Presented by Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, PO Box 875303, Tempe, AZ 85287-5303, 480-965-3990