Maricopa Community Colleges


2009 Sep 10

Estrella Mountain CC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), a Maricopa Community College, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the months of September and October with a variety of activities for students, faculty, staff, and community members.

This year’s theme: “Celebrando La Mujer De Ayer, Hoy y Mańana” (“Celebrating Women of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”) was chosen to highlight the contributions of Hispanic women to both the Hispanic and American cultures and the society we live in today. The college is located at 3000 N. Dysart Road in Avondale. All events are free and open to the public.

Art of Hilario Art Exhibition; Tuesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Art of Hilario exhibit will be available for viewing on the Estrella Mountain campus during Hispanic Heritage Month. Hilario Gutierrez, a native of Arizona, possesses a powerful emotional, physical and cultural connection to the desert southwest. Drawing on a rich ethnic background – Mexican/Aztec, Yaqui, German & Austrian – he creates abstract, contemporary art that vibrates with color and meaning. The exhibition will be available for viewing September 1 – 30 in Komatke Hall C and Estrella Hall. For additional information, please call 623-935-8035.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off Event; Wednesday, September 16, 2009; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This event welcomes the month-long celebration with a campus-wide display of Hispanic culture. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the college’s Ceremonial Plaza with a proclamation given by Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and a welcome given by EMCC President Dr. Ernest Lara. There will be performances given by a local mariachi group and authentic Hispanic food for sale with proceeds benefiting student scholarships. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a dance workshop hosted by Ballet Folklório Esperanza.

Songs of Women, Songs of Struggle; Wednesday, September 23, 2009; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Carmen de Novias-Guerrero, a local artist, musician and educator, will host this innovative workshop which will take listeners on a cultural journey through music. This event will take place in the college’s Plaza Gallery.

Screening of “Real Women Have Curves;” Tuesday, October 13, 2009; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The film, “Real Women Have Curves,” is about a first generation Mexican-American, teenage Latina who struggles with self-image and the expectations of her traditional family. The film will be shown in the college’s Plaza Gallery at 11:00 a.m. followed by a discussion led by Estrella Mountain’s Counseling Division Chair, Jason Martinez. Themes such as generational, cultural, identity and gender issues will be discussed as they relate to the film. A light lunch will be provided.

Music, Mask and Magic “Face to Face in a Frenzy;” Tuesday, October 6, 2009; 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Artist and mask maker, Zarco Guerrero, will perform his production of “Face to Face in a Frenzy,” a masked performance art piece that will encourage participants to examine their intrinsic feelings and thoughts on topics such as self-esteem, racism, aging, and more. The performance will take place in the college’s Ceremonial Plaza.

Dia de los Muertos Festival Community Celebration; Saturday, October 31, 2009; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Estrella Mountain Community College and Ballet Folklório Esperanza have partnered to bring the 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival to EMCC on Saturday, October 31. The day will include live entertainment featuring folklório and flamenco dancers, mariachis and vocalists. There will be educational activities for children as well as several booths for participants to visit and learn about higher education, health and wellness, community opportunities, and more. Community members will enjoy good food and fun in the college’s Image Zone (southeast lawn) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For additional information about Hispanic Heritage Month, please contact Christina Izaguirre at 623-935-8802.