2010 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:
The Library's 2010 Hispanic Heritage Celebration will showcase the work of Hispanic women artists in diverse art forms and explore the images of Hispanic women in our culture. The celebration will feature an exhibition, Latina Voices and Visions, curated by Ingrid Betancourt. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 at Main Library, and the calendar of public programs will run from mid-September through mid-November.
This year's salute to Hispanic Heritage is co-sponsored by the Support Network of the NJ Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library and by Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 973-733-7772 (Sala Hispanoamericana) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latina Voices and Visions and its related programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
The exhibit, Latina Voices and Visions, curated by Ingrid Betancourt, will highlight the work of historical and contemporary Latina artists and explore how Latinas are represented in the broader culture of contemporary American and Latin American society. Original artwork from selected Latina artists, prints, posters, and artists' books from the Library's Special Collections, photographs and other materials will be on display from September 15 through December 31 in the second floor gallery.
Featured artists include, among others: Mexican painter and graphic artist, Leticia Tarragó; New Jersey-based Puerto Rican painter and muralist, Nitza Tufiño; Peruvian photographer, Natalia Iguiñiz; and Chicana artist, muralist, academic, and activist, Santa Barraza.
Bestselling author Esmeralda Santiago will be the keynote speaker. Her talk will be followed by musical performances and previews of upcoming programs. Best known for her first novel America's Dream, and her memoirs When I was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman, Esmeralda Santiago is an accomplished writer of documentary and educational films, memoirs, novels, an illustrated children’s book, magazine and newspaper articles, and editorial essays.
In keeping with this year's focus on Latino women, the Library is pleased to partner with the Puerto Rican Heritage Statewide Parade to recognize the winners of this year's Youth Essay Contest on the theme of Latina pioneers in government, business, law, politics, literature, and arts in New Jersey. The three student winners will receive their awards at the reception.
Mental Health and the Latino Community: Mental Health Disorders. Educational Workshops Series
This opening workshop will present important information about mental health and the Latino community, and offer an initial overview of different mental illnesses: schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder. All workshops will be presented in Spanish and are free of charge. Presented by Martha Silva, NAMI NJ en Español.
These health programs will continue into 2011. Please see the full schedule.
New Muslim Cool Latina Filmmaker Series
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life twelve years ago and became a Muslim. Now he has moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world and himself.
"This captivating, contemporary & humorous film will appeal to Latino, Black and White audiences alike," writes Cynthia López, Executive Vice President, American Documentary/POV.
Latina filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's documentaries and short films have been shown in theaters, on television, and in film festivals and museums around the world. Jennifer’s debut feature, the Spanish-language experimental documentary Paulina, had its U.S. festival premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, won five major festival awards, was released theatrically in over twenty cities in the United States, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film was broadcast throughout the United States and Caribbean on the Sundance Channel, and was recently broadcast in primetime throughout Mexico on that country's largest network, Televisa. She recently completed work as the co-producer/co-director of Special Circumstances, a PBS documentary following a Chilean exile on his quest to find the people responsible for killing his friends after the 1973 coup.
Cynthia López, American Documentary/POV, will introduce and provide commentary for this documentary. POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films and premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with film curator, Cynthia López, and invited speakers: filmmaker/director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, main character: Hamza Pérez (Jason Pérez) and/or his mother, Dolores Pérez, who is also featured prominently in the film.
Short Films by Latina Filmmakers Latina Filmmaker Series
Film curator, educator, and filmmaker Bienvenida (Beni) Matías will introduce and provide commentary for this series of diverse and exciting short films by emerging and established Latina film producers and directors. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers present.
Beni Matías is herself a pioneering Latina filmmaker who has produced documentaries both for public television and independently. Her 1979 film Heart of Loisaida was recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their film preservation initiative, "Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers." Matías is a founding board member and former National Association of Latino Independent Producers coordinator. She was executive director of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers in New York City.
Here is a taste of some of the film shorts that will be featured:
Mental Health and the Latino Community: Depression. Educational Workshops Series
This second workshop in the monthly series offers a comprehensive look at depression, its causes, symptoms, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. Presented in Spanish, free of charge. Presented by Martha Silva, NAMI NJ en Español.
These health programs will continue into 2011. Please see the full schedule.
Latinas Out Loud: Epistles
Latino Flavored Productions brings to New Jersey a dynamic and compelling new show that features Latina performersas well as regular, everyday, non-performersexploring personal, social, or political issues through the art of letter writing. This ensemble production presents twenty Latinas reading their own short, funny, dramatic, evocative, and/or often poetic letters to their addressee of choice.
Coloring Outside of the Identity Lines: Upside & Downside of Being a 'Latina' Author.
Women writers, editors, and playwrights of Latin American heritage come together to debate the benefits and pitfalls of being known as a 'Latina author.' Members of the panel include:
Panel Moderator: Elizabeth Llorente, senior writer at The Record, where she has specialized in covering immigration and ethnic communities. Llorente's work has become a national model for race and ethnicity reporting, earning her the 2004 Career Achievement Award by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2003, the Annenberg Institute of the University of Southern California named her one of the country's top five race and ethnicity writers, and made her an Expert Fellow. ABC-TV's Nightline featured Llorente and "A Tale of Two Cultures," her 1998 series on ethnic relations in a small New Jersey town.
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