On June 5th, as part of the American Sabor exhibit, ALAC is proud to host an Outdoor Mural Jam in which some of its very own artists will be designing and transforming the back of its building to create a mural walking tour. The Jam will exhibit some of the downtown culture with its music, dance event, and a variety of food trucks. Artists will also be engaged in creating murals live that reflect both American Sabor and ALAC’s mission and influence while highlighting Latino music and dance.
This project is lead by the ALAC Emerging Artists Guild, which is comprised of three emerging local artists, Ramon Aguirre, Noreen Ayonayon, and Alfredo Bilducia. Each member is highly passionate about the young artist movement and building a community that is in support of Latino arts with a mix of new and classical tastes. If you would like to be apart of the guild, please contact Ramon Aguirre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this event, the ALAC Emering Artist Guild will be having a call to artist. Each applicant will create a proposal of what they would like to paint during the event and submit it to ALAC. A panel will then review all applications and pick the top 12 to showcase their skills during the Outdoor Mural Jam for a live painting exhibition.
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American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” will be celebrating its final exhibition at Arizona Latino Arts and Culture Center in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, April 11-July 5, 2015. American Sabor has been traveling cross-country for four years and has chosen to celebrate its incredible journey with people of Phoenix one last time. full details
Developed by the EMP Museum in Seattle and the University of Washington, American Sabor traces the vast and significant contribution of Latino music to American popular music and culture. Through engaging bilingual (English and Spanish) text panels, striking graphics and photographs, a dance floor and compelling listening stations and films, all guests will experience the excitement, diversity, and beauty of Latino music as it developed in five key U.S. cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York, and Miami.
From the mambo, rhumba, and cha cha cha dance crazes of the 1950s to East L.A. punk rock of the 1970s; from conjunto and Tex-Mex to contemporary styles like reggaeton and banda rap, American Sabor will bring to life an extensive but often overlooked area of American music.Focusing on musical icons such as Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Tito Puente, Flaco Jiménez, the Fania All-Stars, and many others, the exhibition traces the trajectory of Latino music across the American landscape and into the hearts of millions.
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music was created by EMP Museum and the University of Washington. It was organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition, its national tour, and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Stay tuned to learn more about events that will be held throughout the exhibition! For more information and to coordinate a tour, please contact ALAC at 602.254.9817 and check-out websites www.americansabor.org and www.alacaz.org.
With a vibrant new cover, co-created by Jose Andres Giron and Carlos Rivas, two resident artists at the Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC), the Downtown Phoenix Directory January-June edition hit the streets just in time for Super Bowl 2015.
The cover art depicts a mural project in the Paseo de ALAC, the alleyway behind the arts and cultural center, featuring a vibrant community gathering place bridging art, culture, tourism and downtown businesses. This makes it the perfect complement to the restaurant and business guide.
“For ALAC to be represented is a proud moment for us all,” said ErLinda Torres, president and CEO of ALAC. “It’s urban, it’s ethnic, it’s contemporary – it really represents the state of Arizona and the people of this city.”
With a local artist-designed cover, local photography and more than 400 restaurant and business listings – this edition of the directory really showcases greater downtown’s immense growth and diversity.
Andres Giron, the cover designer, grew up in the Golden Gate Barrio of Phoenix and watched the cycles of change in Downtown Phoenix since the 1950s. The design really celebrates downtown’s revitalization and talented Latino artists, many of whom will be collaborating on the mural project.
According to plans, the mural will stretch across the entire backside of the city-owned building at 147 E. Adams Street.
“I was just trying to tell a story and create a spectacular impression of an otherwise dirty alley by beautifying it,” Giron said. “It’s also about encouraging artists to work together and learn from each other.”
Eight different artists will be collaborating on the project, including Carlos Rivas, whose signature “shape-shifters” can be seen in murals around the city.
Individuals see different things in the abstract figures Rivas designs, which is why the interpretation is fluid and shifting. Each unique form is a reflection of the music he listens to, friends and family who inspire him and the vibrant urban landscape around him.