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Thank you for attending the 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente
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Cultural performances, lectures and activities greet visitors on first day of 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente
Northern Arizona community honors memories of families with closing ceremony at 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente
Arizona Daily Sun: Celebraciones de la Gente dives into Spanish Colonial art
Along the sensory arc tracing color to taste, the heavy-handed influence of Spanish Colonialism that began more than 500 years ago in the Southwest can still be seen in modern day. None, however, are so physically lasting and astounding as the bright retablos and tinwork of the Spanish Colonial artistic tradition.
And for many artists working today, the same methods in effect for centuries have remained a constant.
The 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23 — the last of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Heritage Festivals and co-presented with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices — will double the number of artists showing in the art market, including retablopainters following the Spanish Colonial tradition.
Click here for the rest of the story in the Arizona Daily Sun
Other related stories:
- azcentral: 13th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, A Lively Day of the Dead Fesitval
- Flagstaff365: Celebraciones de la Gente
- Museum of Northern Arizona: https://musnaz.org/heritage/celebraciones/
- Roundtown: 13th Annual Celebraciones De La Gente
Celebraciones de la Gente returns for lively Day of the Dead celebration on Oct. 22, 23
Event includes inaugural evening showing of altars on Oct.22
FLAGSTAFF — It’s Lucky 13 for Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, which presents its 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23 at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff.
“A joyous occasion, the festival is a way for the community to honor deceased loved ones and transform grief into music, dance and artistic expression,” said Cristen Crujido, director of marketing and public affairs at the museum. “Celebraciones celebrates all aspects of Latino culture, not only locally but throughout the southwest and Mexico.”
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), an ancient pre-Columbian observance, is held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest on Nov. 1 and 2 (All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day).
While rituals and timing vary geographically, central to every celebration is a gathering of friends and family who visit cemeteries to remember their loved ones. Today’s celebrations fuse centuries of indigenous practices with contemporary traditions and spiritual beliefs. Ofrendas (altars), marigold flowers, sugar skulls and skeleton caricatures, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and photos of those who have passed take center stage.
Visitors will enjoy two days of fine art and unique crafts from more than a dozen local, Arizona and Southwest artists. From paintings and jewelry, to bultos, retablos and tinwork, a variety of artwork is available for purchase.
In addition, attendees will enjoy performances by Mariachi Sol Azteca de Tucson and Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff in Branigar Hall (get there early, limited seating), entertainment by local favorites Los Compadres in the Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard, traditional pre-Columbian dancing by Los Matachines de Flagstaff and Day of the Dead-inspired crafts for children.
The member preview (with a silent auction) will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The event includes the first opportunity to purchase artwork from participating artists. To become a member of the Museum of Northern Arizona, call 928.774.5211, ext. 219.
The museum’s courtyard will be transformed — decorated with brightly colored papel picado (cut-paper banners), candles and more than a dozen flower-and-memento-filled ofrendas created by local families and artists.
For the first time community members can also enjoy an evening viewing of the ofrendas / altars from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Hot chocolate and pan dulce will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 and free for children under 10.
“In addition to the visual and performing arts, the event also includes humanities-based lectures and presentations by noted authors, scholars and artists that highlight and explore the Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano(a) experience of the region and beyond” Crujido said.
Schedule programs include:
- “Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life & Death” with Elena Díaz Bjorkquist
- “Macaws, Chocolate & Turquoise: The Southwest, Meso-American Connection” with Dr. Ben Nelson, Dr. Kelley Hayes-Gilpin and Christopher Schwartz
- “Legends of Love” with Stella Pope Duarte
- “Los Recuerdos de Barrio” with Delia Ceballos Muñoz
- “Ofrendas 101” with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces
- “Growing Up Chicana in Morenci, Arizona” with Elena Díaz Bjorkquist
- “La Virgin & Talking Eagle” with Stella Pope Duarte
Keep checking back for times and dates of the lecture programs.
Other activities include sugar skull decorating and a papel picado (cut paper) workshops, a “Piñata for Pepita” show and Day of the Dead arts & crafts for children.
Celebraciones de la Gente is presented in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Celebraciones is made possible through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Humanities, City of Flagstaff BBB Revenues/Flagstaff Arts Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.
Event admission is $12 adult and $8 student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation) and youth (10-17). Children under 10 and MNA members are free.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, three miles from downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 leading to the Grand Canyon.
Visit musnaz.org or call 928-774-5213 for membership and event information.
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Participants create sugar skulls ahead of Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebrations
Workshop at basement of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Flagstaff open to all ages
FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presented a sugar skull-making workshop Oct. 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church & Cultural Center in Flagstaff.
Community members learned the secrets of turning water and sugar into skulls, which they then decorated to honor their departed loved ones during upcoming Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebrations.
Some stories link the creation of the sugar skulls to the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the production of sugar cane and then the arrival of European missionaries, who taught sugar skull art to the indigenous population in the 17th century.
The class was led by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.
Sugar skulls will be available for sale and decoration during workshops at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona (Oct. 22-23).
As reported in:
- Arizona Daily Sun — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present sugar skull-making workshop on Oct. 7
- Flagstaff365 — Sugar Skull-Making Workshop
- Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present sugar skull-making workshop on Oct. 7
- KNAU — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present sugar skull-making workshop on Oct. 7
Tardeada’s Mariachi Mass returns to Flagstaff
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FLAGSTAFF — The spirits soared in keeping with the inspiring voices and music when Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson performed a Mariachi Mass on Sunday, June 26 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Flagstaff.
Presented by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the group performed as the traditional follow-up event to the annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival.” Hundreds of the faithful filled the pews to listen to the group perform a variety of religious songs during the Spanish-language Mass.
The performance was part of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ efforts to bring back traditional Hispanic cultural events to the region.
Those efforts include a Mariachi Mass performed during the summer at either San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church; a Mariachi Mass performed in honor the the Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe performed at the churches, which also include the lighting of luminarias at both locations.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates ‘2016 Summertime Tardeada’
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FLAGSTAFF — Even a little rain could not deter the celebrants and entertainers at the third annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” held Saturday, June 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Presented by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the event drew more than 400 visitors who listened to a record three mariachi groups from Tucson — Mariachi Herencia Musical, Mariachi Inspiración and Mariachi Sol Azteca — enjoyed dance performances from Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff and Desierto de Colores Ballet Folklorico — Holbrook; marveled at the dozen our so classic cars and chromed-out motorcycles and honored the sacrifices of local Hispanic veterans.
The crowd was also treated to a recuerdos photo exhibit focusing on the history of the Hispanic community in the region held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center “The Basement”, Mexican and regular barbecue food, a raffle and games for children.
Food and t-shirt sales for the event go to the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund, which supports the renovation of the church’s basement, the placement of luminarias around the church each December and other local projects.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presents
2016 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada
Mariachi & Folklorico Festival on June 25
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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces announces dates of upcoming events
Following successful efforts during the 2016 Armed Forces Day Parade and Veterans Fest, the Third Annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show” and the annual Mariachi Mass at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will shift its focus to plan for a number of upcoming events this fall and winter.
> Oct. 22-23 — Save the Date: The Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present the 13th annual “Celebracions de la Gente,” with the member’s preview to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Celebraciones will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23. Fine art and unique crafts, Mariachi music, Folklorico dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs, and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids. Click here for more information.
> Late October/early November — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces tentatively scheduled to participate in the annual “Día de los Muertos Celebration” at Snowdrift Art Space, Historic Route 66, downtown Winslow. Details on date, time to come. Click here for information on the 2014 and 2015 Día de los Muertos Celebrations.
> Dec. 11 — The annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession” will tentatively begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. The procession will conclude with a reception at the Fire Station No. 2 (1701 Ponderosa Parkway), before proceeding up the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces 300-plus luminaria lit road to San Franscisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E Rte 66, Flagstaff. Details to come.
> Dec. 12 — The annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mariachi Mass,” which includes the lighting by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces of about 200 luminaries, will tentatively begin at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Details to come.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to participate again in the ‘Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe’
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will join with other groups in the annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” with activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12. The event traditionally includes a procession starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.
The procession will then proceed to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E, Route 66, where participants and the public will be greeted by more than 400 luminarias placed up the hill to the church by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Upon arriving at the church, entertainment will include music by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo of Las Vegas, a performance by the Matachines Dancers and a play on “The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
A Novena and Rosary will then be held at 7 a.m., followed by a Mass with Father Patrick Mowrer and Mananitas by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Once again, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will be lit by more than 250 luminaries placed by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.
Members of Sociedades Guadalupanas will then present breakfast downstairs at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center as a fundraiser for maintenance of the church.
All the events are open to the public.
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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces participates in Winslow’s annual Día de los Muertos
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Thank you for attending the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente
Celebraciones de la Gente 2015 comes to a festive conclusion
FLAGSTAFF — The 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente came to a festive and fitting conclusion on Sunday Oct. 25 with the traditional blessing of the ofrendas / altars by In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers, music by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo and the group photo in front of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
The event was presented by the museum in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces
A full day of activities preceded the closing ceremony, which included workshops on sugar skull decorating, creating an ofrenda, the history behind “La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)” with Stella Pope Duarte, and performances by Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff along with Mariachi Mexico Antiguo and In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers.
A variety of vendors selling traditional arts, crafts and jewelry could be found throughout the museum, along with nearly two dozen ofrendas in the museum’s historic Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard.
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Commemorative photo booklets are still available for sale online — click here — as a benefit to Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to help the organization bring more cultural programs to the region.
Celebraciones de la Gente continues at Museum of Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF — Celebraciones de la Gente got off to a rousing start on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
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12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente opens to the public on Oct. 24 for two-day celebration of Día de los Muertos
FLAGSTAFF — Final preparations were completed by Friday afternoon with the hanging of strings of papel picado and the adornment of nearly two dozen altars at the Museum of Northern Arizona as Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces prepared for the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente to be held Oct. 24-25. In partnership with the Museum of Northern Arizona, the celebration opened with a member’s preview on Friday evening with the lighting of candles throughout the historic Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard. The public is invited to attend Celebraciones at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.
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Sunset Magazine lists Celebraciones as one its its ‘“The West’s best Day of the Dead celebrations’
“The festival features the usual handicrafts, altars, and music, but with a hint of the Old West, thanks to the participation of Nuestras Raíces (‘Our Roots’), a local heritage organization honoring the city’s Hispanic pioneer families from the early 1900s,” the magazine reported
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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces prepares for Sugar Skull workshops
The group has already created an estimated 100 sugar skulls for the workshops, with an additional 25 expected to be made prior to upcoming Día de los Muertos events.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces held its first sugar skull workshop as part of its monthly First Friday art event on Oct. 2 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Arts Center. Guests were shown how the sugar, water and other ingredients are mixed prior to placing the mixture into plastic molds.
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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces tentatively scheduled to hold next meeting in December
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Flagstaff celebrates Mariachi Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
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Once again the sounds of violas and guitars could be heard when Mariachi Azteca de Sol from Tucson performed its annual Mariachi Mass on Sunday June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.
Father Patrick Mower celebrated the Mass as more than 100 people attended the second annual gathering, which is held the day after the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show” on the grounds of the church.
Mariachi Azteca de Sol performed outside, welcoming the faithful to the church, and then performed during the services and again outside to conclude the event.
New this year was a second performance to follow at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church on Route 66.
Thank you to supporters who donated funds to bring the Mariachi Mass to Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presents annual Menudo / Posole breakfast
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The aroma of posole and menudo filled the air when Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presented its second annual breakfast following the Mariachi Mass on Sunday, June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.
Money raised during the breakfast will be used in the group’s Cultural Heritage Fund, which includes the renovation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center, aka “The Basement.”
Within the past two years the center has undergone a significant make-over including new drywall, painting, the addition of a mural celebrating the installation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe wooden statue, which was once localed in the old Catholic school in Plaza Vieja, and the initial installation of historical photos featuring the history of the church.
Future plans include installation of historical vestments and chalices, new flooring and new lighting.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces has sought to work with groups within the Catholic Parish to breath new life to the historical site, which became a chapel following the construction of the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church on Route 66, which resulted in the consolidation of three former church sites in the city.
Those efforts have resulted in annual Mariachi Masses at Our Lady of Guadalupe, the annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show,” the lighting of luminaries at both Our Lady of Guadalupe and the lane leading up to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church and the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe dinner at the center on Dec. 12.
Thanks to community members, volunteers and supports of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces for making those efforts successful.
Flagstaff community comes out to support, celebrate 2nd annual ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’ on June 27 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
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Several hundred visitors flocked to the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to attend the second annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada” fiesta on Saturday, June 27.
The Tardeada, a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history, drew even a larger crowd than the 500 visitors who attended the 2014 event.
The church is a significant site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.
The entertainment stage featured Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff; dance music presented by Grupo Fierro of Tucson; Desierto de Colores Ballet Folklorico de Holbrook; Flagstaff Artists Unidos featuring Alena Chavez, Monico Nunez, Steve Carrillo and Tim Valdez; Compania de Danza Folklorica Arizona from Tucson and the showcase group, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces extends its heartfelt thanks to the record number of sponsors to who came out to support this year’s Tardeada.
‘Paint & Wine in the Pines’ art students on June 5 get an early start to summer
Artist Vangie Rodriguez led students to a Summer Sunflower masterpiece inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers during her most recent art class on June 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church & Cultural Arts Center, 224 N. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.
Click here for more information on her next art class.
‘Paint & Wine in the Pines’ art students on May 1 get early start to Cinco de Mayo celebration
Artist Vangie Rodriguez led students during a Cinco de Mayo-inspired art class held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church & Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 1.
The next “Paint & Wine in the Pines” is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 5.
First Friday beginning art class celebrates Valentine’s Day during Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk
Community enjoys a Joyous Holiday Season
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2014 ‘Celebraciones de la Gente
— A Lively Celebration of Day of the Dead’
comes to a lively and successful conclusion
The Museum of Northern Arizona, in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, successfully presented the 11th annual “Celebraciones de la Gente” during the weekend of Oct. 24-26.
Thank you to all artists, vendors, museum staff and community members who supported this important cultural event in Northern Arizona.
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The procession began with the lighting of more than 150 luminarias around Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel near downtown Flagstaff and ended with a view of more than 300 luminarias lining the winding road up to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church.
In between, a group of more than 100 of the faithful braved the cold night air on Dec. 11, 2013 to celebrate the preview of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Members of Sociedades Guadalupanas were joined by a variety of community organizations and youth in the procession, while members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces took the lead in lighting the luminarias at both locations. The procession was followed the next day by Las Mananitas, a rosary, a mass and a community potluck held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Flagstaff.
As part of its efforts to remember our roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presented the inaugural “Hispanics in Northern Arizona 2013 Photo Exhibit,” held Dec. 12, 2013 during the community potluck at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cultural Center. The group will be conducting more historic photo scanning events during 2014.
Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, members of the Museum of Northern Arizona, performers and community members gather for a group photo during closing ceremonies of the the 10th anniversary Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 27, 2013 in Flagstaff, AZ. Photo by Star Hunter / AmigosNAZ ©2013