Hispanic Heritage Month

The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at JCCC will take participants on a journey through arts and culture. 

Hispanic Heritage Month will kick off with Celebración de Culturas from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the west lobby of the Student Center. Students will come together to share their culture through song, dance, dress and more. Musician Pablo Sanhueza will be on hand to perform jazz music as well. The public is invited to attend. 

Other events for the month include:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: Immigration attorneys Alejandro Solorio, Suzanne Gladney and Roberta Farrell will host a panel discussion regarding President Barack Obama’s recent announcement regarding immigration and its impact upon undocumented students. 2:15 to 4:15 p.m., Commons 319. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26: Comedian Erik Rivera, the official spokesperson for the 2011 American Latino Media Arts Awards and winner of the Diamonds in the Rough Award during the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival, will share his unique brand of comedy. Noon, Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233). 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2: JCCC will host Hispanic Youth Day, which will bring Hispanic students from the Kansas City metropolitan area to campus to learn about the college. As part of the day, musician Javier Mendoza and the band Making Movies will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Commons Plaza on campus. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3: Fans of Zumba will be able to exercise from 10 a.m. to noon, Commons 322. The Zumba class is open to all skill levels.
  • Rudy Padilla, commander of the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the GI Forum of the United States, will present a 20-minute segment of the video “Heroes Hispanos” and lead discussion afterward. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Commons 319. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: Kusi Taki will introduce students to music and culture of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile through workshops running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group then will perform for the community at 7 p.m. in the Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center, taking them on a musical journey through the Andes Mountain range. Tickets for the performance are $5 and can be purchased at the JCCC Box Office.
  • Students also will have an opportunity to enhance their creative writing skills through a series of workshops hosted by the Latinos Writers Collective and by author and poet Linda Rodriguez. The Latino Voices Workshop brings together community leaders, artists, students and professionals to teach students to find their voice.1 to 3 p.m. Regnier Center 270. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 11: Author and poet Linda Rodriguez will visit classes to reach out to students and help improve their writing skills. Honors students from Cristo Rey also will attend the workshops both days. 
  • Monday, Oct. 15: Musician Pablo Sanhueza will host a dance class for students to learn moves for dances including salsa and the bachata. Noon to 2 p.m., Commons Plaza. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Promotores Committee, JCCC Performing Arts Series, admissions, Campus Activities Board, Center for Student Involvement, International and Immigrant Student Services, Latinos United Now and Always and Amigos sin Fronteras. 

For more information, email Mindy Kinnaman, manager of student life and leadership development, or call her at 913-469-3534.


Works by Latino artists are across campus, including on the second floor of the Regnier Center and in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. For more information, visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.

From left, Bumblebee (2006) by Irvin Trujillo (American, born 1955). Two-ply wool silk acid dyes and two-ply wool warp.

Center, Red on Black Jar (1999) by Juan Quezada (Mexican, born 1940). Polychromed clay.

Right, 10 Karat Still Life (2009) by Angel Otero (American, born 1981). Oil on linen.