Celebrate Hispanic culture at the Muscatine Art Center

The Muscatine Art Center, LULAC Muscatine and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security have joined forces for a free evening of dance, music, dancing and more on Thursday, October 20 at the Muscatine Art Center.

Los Cometas Mariachi will kick off at 5:15 p.m. The group was founded in January 2021 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.” Their first public performance was in May 2021 and they have performed at various venues since then.

Students from Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF) will share Mexican culture through dance beginning at 5:30 p.m. QCBF has approximately 80 students, ages 4 to 18. Since its founding in 1984, the group has performed at a variety of events, including local parties, art festivals and school functions.

Several craft activities will be available, including a Luchadores paper mask activity led by artist Miriam Alarcon Avila and a mini craft piñata, presented by the Muscatine Art Center. West Liberty Latinos Americanos 4-H and Muscatine UNIDOS 4-H will offer activities for children and families and Muscatine Community College LULAC will sell desserts. Attendees will receive tickets for two free tacos from Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant.

Performances will take place on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, and attendees may 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.

Muscatine Art Center hours of operation 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. and donations are appreciated. Click here for more information on programs and events and to download a quarterly newsletter.