Arizona International Latina/o Arts Festival (AILAF)

Spring 2008


• Art from the Collection of the ASU Hispanic Research Center. Throughout the month of April, we will exhibit 24 pieces from the HRC’s collection at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center. The exhibit opens on April 4, 6:00-9:00PM with a reception and poetry reading.

• Readings by poet John Olivares Espinoza on April 2 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the City of Tempe’s April in Tempe poetry series, and on April 4 at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center. Olivares Espinoza graduated with an MFA from the ASU Piper Center’s poetry program and now teaches and writes in California. His poetry book, The Date Fruit Elegies, will be the first volume published in the Bilingual Press’s new poetry series Canto Cosas.

• Art with a Cause. In collaboration with the Tempe Historical Museum, the HRC is presenting an exhibit that illustrates how art can promote the message of social change. The exhibit features 1970s Royal Chicano Air Force posters, including many that were created in California to support César Chávez and the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). It also includes examples of current Hispanic printmaking.

• The Mexican American Mirror/El espejo México Americano: Reflections of our City's Heritage/Reflejos de la herencia de nuestra ciudad. This exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of History, for which the HRC provided examples of art produced in the Phoenix area, explores the roots of the valley's Mexican American community from the 1860s through the 1970s in photographs, art, artifacts, video clips, music, and hands-on activities. It discusses the political, social, economic, and cultural challenges that Mexican Americans faced, as well as their countless notable achievements.


The largest book exhibition in the United States, BookExpo America, rarely leaves New York or Chicago, but this spring it is coming to Los Angeles. We have arranged three separate exhibitions and author readings/book signings for this event, bringing a host of Arizona literary and visual work to the region.

• In cooperation with the prestigious Santa Monica art venue, Patricia Correia Gallery, we will have an exhibition of Chicana/o art, March 29-May 10. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 29.

• On May 31 we will hold a reception at Patricia Correia Gallery for the pertinent writers of our recent books, including Dan Olivas and contributors to Latinos in Lotus Land, the first ever anthology of Latina/o creative literature that is set in Southern California.

• At the Los Angeles Conference Center, we will have a splendid exhibition of our HRC recent books and with it author readings and book signings, May 29-June 2.

• At the Museum of the American West of the Autry National Center, we will have a book launching of Francis M. Nevins and Gary D. Keller, The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots! Date TBA.



2003-2007 AILAF

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