A two-month fiesta celebrating all things Latino sounds, well, like heckuva a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand the state’s amazing Hispanic heritage.
Starting this Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, the CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas), a community-based organization dedicated to educating Arizonans about the state’s deep Hispanic roots, will be hosting its first-ever, bi-annual festival across the Valley… so, expect plenty of food, concerts, street fairs, theatrical and musical performances and special art exhibits.
“The CALA Festival is an opportunity to put Arizona’s best foot forward by highlighting the state’s colorful, multicultural heritage,” says CALA President Ruben Alvarez. “We want to get people excited about the vibrancy and diversity of Latino arts and culture that is such an integral part of Arizona’s unique cultural identity.”
Admission to many of the events are free, including the CALA Festival Target Free Days, which include the following:
9/14/11 Phoenix Art Museum – Mexican Modernism Exhibit
10/6/11 Phoenix Boys Choir – In concert with Schola Cantorum de Mexico
10/7/11 ALAC – First Fridays featuring artist Jacobo Angeles
10/16/11 Cultural Coalition – Dia de la Raza
10/25/11 Desert Botanical Garden – Ofrenda Exhibition
11/4/11ALAC – First Fridays featuring artist Nicolas de Jesus
11/5/11 XICO – 32nd Annual Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life
To check out other events taking place over the next two-months, visit CALA’s Facebook page. The CALA Festival will take place from September 14th through November 16th.