Category: Program Series

Honoring Berta Cáceres’ Legacy

On Thursday, April 27th, the LCCin partnership with LALShonored the memory of Berta Cáceres with a theatrical performance led by two Honduran activists: Melissa Cardoza, author of 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance, and singer Karla Lara; featured in one of the book’s stories. To learn more,  please read the following reflections / call to action by Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle on the year anniversary of Berta’s assassination:

Special thanks to the Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) network for covering this Zona Abierta public program.


Time to Get Ready: Civil Rights Photography of Maria Varela

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During Maria Varela’s visit to the Latino Cultural Center on April 20, 2017, Varela shared her experiences and photography during the Civil Rights movement. Among some major discussions, Varela pointed out the relevance between past and current sociopolitical climates as well as the importance of activism.

Her photography will be on display at the National Museum of Mexican Art through July 30th. You can find some of the educational materials she produced as part of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s voter rights efforts here. You can also read more about Maria Varela and other women of the civil rights movement through the book Hands on the Freedom Plow.


Restoration and Maintenance Noche

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On April 13, 2017, UIC students organized their monthly Noche de Poetas program at the UIC Latino Cultural Center with the theme of Restoration and Maintenance. Guest speakers included Manar Dagash and Eduardo Arocho, and the students in attendance were able to listen to others and explore new ways of being agents of social change. In addition, how students may feel united to the communities on UIC’s campus. Some of the performers were able talk about some ways they would be able to use their talents and attributes to work towards visions of Social Change.

Find more information about the speakers here


The Art of Alebrijes

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On Wednesday, April 5th, the Latino Cultural center hosted the Artist in Residence event, “The Art of Alebrijes.” We invited Carlos Alberto Orozco Ocaña, an Oaxacan Huave alebrije artist who founded and directs Puech Ikots, a project that directly supports alebrije artists and their families through sale of their work. In the workshop, participants learned about the history of alebrijes, the people that make them, and the hard and tasking work that goes into them. Participants then had the opportunity to buy and paint their own alebrije figures, receiving tips and critiques from Orozco. The funds from the workshop went to the Puech Ikots foundation to support indigenous artists.


Aztec Calendars Under a New Sun

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In 1999, Pilsen set 20 bronze medallions in a 5-block stretch of sidewalk. The medallions are replicas of the monumental Aztec sculpture known as the Calendar Stone or Piedra del Sol, but how much do you know of this indigenous symbol? Attendees of the public program “Zona Abierta Politics of Space: The Aztec Calendar Stone in Pilsen” on Tuesday, March 28 had a short glimpse to the history behind the stone, which brought many questions of Mexican identity and space within Pilsen. Delia Cosentino, an Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University, lead the discussion around the embraced symbol deconstructing what we knew of Mexico’s indigenous history.