Latino calendar benefits Michigan Arts
Lansing MI: Artes Unidas de Michigan has released “El Calendario de Michigan 2006.” The calendar includes 12 large, full-color reproductions of Michigan Chicano/Latino paintings and photographs, and a day-by-day listing of 300 important historical events in Michigan Chicano/Latino history.
“Artes Unidas 2006 Calendario de Michigan” is a compilation of the often un-recorded, unspoken and unacknowledged lives of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Latinos of all origins in Michigan.
Sales of the calendar support the work of Artes Unidas, a not-for-profit statewide community of individuals and organizations promoting Latino arts and culture. Funding came from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.
According to Ana Cardona, founding board member of Artes Unidas, “There’s never been a calendar quite like this one in the Midwest, made by and for our community.”
The research for the calendar was coordinated by community historian Jesse Gonzáles, who created a similar calendar in 1980. Gonzáles’ 1980 edition has been enhanced to draw from over 2,000 historical events covering Michigan Latino culture, community programs, the arts, politics, the media, festivals, sports, and other notable events in Michigan’s Latino history from 1782 to 2005—events from throughout Michigan, including: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Flint, Holland, Lansing, and Saginaw are represented. The calendar is available for sale at the group’s website: www.artesunidas.org.
Full-color artwork is featured from such Michigan notables as: Nora Chapa Mendoza, José Narezo, Alita Briones Peña, Julio Perazza, Javier Pescador, Jim Puntingam, Mark Sullivan, Vito Valdez, Irene Vásquez, Ana Luisa Cardona, Jesse Gonzáles, and Theresa Meléndez.
Editor’s Note: Artes Unidas’ Founding Board includes: Ana Luisa Cardona. Lorenzo López . Theresa Meléndez, Nora Chapa Mendoza, Mark Sullivan, and Irene Vásquez. Circle of Advisors: David Conklin, Kurt Dewhurst, Dalia García, Jesse Gonzáles, Danny Layne, Herminia Ortega, and Diana Rivera.