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Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month

JCCC celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month starts Sept. 13 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Art and culture are the foundation of the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Johnson County Community College.

The annual observance begins with Diversidad: Engaging Our Hispanic Students from Prospect to Graduate, a conference for higher education professionals which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

The conference features keynote speakers Isaac Uzcanga, economic improvement coordinator with El Centro in Kansas City, Kan., and Cici Rojas, CEO of Central Exchange in Kansas City, Mo.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, and running through Friday, Oct. 18, the Center for Student Involvement will host a trivia contest for students on notable Hispanic people. Also during that time, the CSI will feature a poster display of the influence of Hispanics on the state of Kansas throughout history.

On Sept. 17, JCCC 2 the Max will host “The Culture and Beauty of Barcelona, Spain.” Barcelona native and JCCC student Santi Gracia will share information regarding his home during the presentation, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 319 of the Commons building on campus.

Internationally known artist Nelson Escalante will host an exhibit of his murals and paintings in the Student Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Student Center, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 18. To kick off his display, Escalante will present “Imperfect Disclosure: I Do What I Love and Love What I Do” from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Polsky Theatre. The presentation will take the audience on a personal journey of his creative process with commentary on historical individuals who influenced his aesthetic and introspection of his identity as an artist.

Escalante’s works have been exhibited during the 21st Century Jubilee in Europe and the Hispanic Congressional Congress Caucus in Washington, D.C. A lithograph by Escalante was presented to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore, and he received the Kansas Governor’s Award for Best of Show, among other honors.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, and running each Wednesday through Oct. 9, Down Under will feature meals from Central and South America. Down Under is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Student Lounge and International and Immigrant Student Services will host Viaje! The program will take students on a journey around Latin America with activities such as how to create papel picado, or “perforated paper,” a Mexican folk art. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 322 of the Commons building.

The Johnson County Adult Education program will host Luis Blanco and Caroline Fernandez of Hallmark on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Blanco and Fernandez will share information on the state of diversity in the workplace. The presentations will be held from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the West Park Campus, 9780 W. 87th Street; the Olathe Center, 1477 E. 151st Street; and Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison.

Also on Oct. 2, students from the Shawnee Mission School District English Language Learners program will visit JCCC. That day, Student Life will host two showings of the Oscar-winning documentary Inocente, which follows the journey of Inocente, a 15-year-old undocumented, homeless artist. The film will be shown at 11 a.m. and noon in room 233 of the General Education Building on campus.

On Oct. 9, JCCC 2 the Max will host two events. First, from 11 to 11:50 a.m., JCCC adjunct professor Irene Schmidt will present “Insights into the Globally Popular Mexican Telenovela.” Then, from 3 to 3:50 p.m., JCCC Latinos United Now and Always (LUNA) will share the Day of the Dead tradition of making sugar skulls. Both events will be held in room 319 of the Commons building on campus.

The Bach Aria Soloists will present “Zarabanda: Music from Spanish Baroque and Beyond” on Oct. 10 and 11. From 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, the group will host a Spanish Baroque music demonstration featuring guitarist Beau Bledsoe, percussionist Brandon Draper and artistic director Elizabeth Suh Lane in the Commons Dining Hall. Then, from 12 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Carlsen Center Recital Hall, Bledsoe and Draper will host a Spanish Baroque music master class. Registration is encouraged, but not required, by contacting Angel Mercier.

The Bach Aria Soloists will then give a performance open to the community at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Polsky Theatre. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

Also on Oct. 10, the Center for Student Involvement and Student Lounge will host Las Lenguas de Cultura. Students, faculty, and staff will be invited to read their poetic works related to Hispanic heritage. The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room 233 of the General Education Building on campus.

Hispanic Heritage Month at JCCC is a partnership hosted by JCCC Admissions, the Center for Student Involvement, International and Immigrant Student Services, JCCC 2 the Max, Latinos United Now and Always, the JCCC Performing Arts Series and the Student Lounge. For more information regarding Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Mindy Kinnaman, manager of student life and leadership development, at or at 913-469-8500, ext. 3534.