Celebración de las Artes at the Muscatine Art Center

MUSCATINE, IOWA (October 7, 2022) – The Muscatine Art Center, LULAC Muscatine, and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security are collaborating to deliver an evening of dance, music, and more on Thursday, October 20, from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. :45h.

West Liberty student band Los Cometas Mariachi will begin the evening at 5:15 p.m. The group began in January 2021 with funding from the Racial Justice Fund awarded by the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine under the leadership of Ashley Smith, Director of Groups at West Liberty High School. Los Cometas Mariachi’s mission is “to empower youth, build community, and teach culture through authentic music education.” The group’s first public performance was in May 2021 and has since performed at various venues.

Students from the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF) will share Mexican culture through the art of dance during a one-hour performance starting at 5:30 p.m. The QCBF is made up of approximately eighty students aged four to eighteen. Since its founding in 1984, the group has performed at various events such as local parties, art festivals and school receptions.

In addition to the performances, several crafts will be available, including a Luchadores paper mask activity led by artist Miriam Alarcon Avila and a mini-piñata craft presented by the Muscatine Art Center. Student groups, West Liberty Latinos Americanos 4-H and Muscatine UNIDOS 4-H, will provide activities for children and families. Muscatine Community College LULAC will be selling desserts.

Attendees will receive tickets for two free tacos prepared by Mexican restaurant Guadalajara. The performance is free thanks to a grant from the Mary Jo and Richard H Stanley Human Conditions Grant through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Performances will take place on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, performances and activities will be moved inside the Muscatine Art Center Music Room and Studio.

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evening until 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information on programs and events and to download a quarterly newsletter.