Category: Community Partners

Historias Monarca Zine Release

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On Friday May 12, 2017, the Yollocalli arts program hosted their Spring 2017 Exhibition. Yollocalli is a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art that offers free arts and cultural programming to young adults and teens, based in Little Village. The Exhibit consisted of a video made by the program’s youth, showcasing their photography and broadcasting skills, with the help of Pop-Up Youth Radio Radio. The UIC Latino Cultural Center’s Historias Monarca project was also featured at the Exhibition, hosting a seed-bomb making workshop to celebrate the release of their Historias Monarca Zine, created in collaboration with Yollocalli artists.

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.

Celebrating the Puerto Rican Community

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This year on April 10-14, 2017, the Union for Puerto Rican Students held their 23rd Annual Pa’Lante Conference, centered around the theme of “Celebrating Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community and Scholarship”. As one of the week’s events, the LCC hosted a discussion about Puerto Rican Nationalism, which was led by Professor Jose Lopez and Dr. Margaret Powers. Dr. Powers went into depth about Oscar Lopez’s activism, the importance of cultural centers as gathering spaces and women’s role in leading movements. During the presentations, she discussed Lolita Lebron’s role in the Puerto Rican nationalism, even after she was incarcerated. We strongly encourage anyone that is interested in the history of Puerto Rico’s nationalist movements to come by the Latino Cultural Center to see symbols in the mural, explore the LCC archives, or contact the Union for Puerto Rican Students for more information.

Presencia Michoacana 2016: Culture and Climate Change

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Check out the article, “La cultura y el cambio climático” (What’s Culture got to do with Climate Change?) – pages 96 & 97.


Presencia Michoacana 2016 at the LCC

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Today, we had the honor of hosting Dr. Medardo Serna González, Rector (Chancellor) of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH) of Morelia, Michoacán, México. In the top photo, Dr. González recognizes some plants in the UIC Heritage Garden satellite by Student Center East; and in the photo below it, LCC Director, Dr. Cabrera shares fresh picked basil with him from the garden.

The Federation of Michoacan Clubs in Illinois (La Federación de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois – FEDECMI/Casa Michoacán) celebrated its program of activities under “Presencia Michoacana 2016” throughout the month of June. This celebration aimed to show and highlight the cultural and artisanal traditions of Michoacán Mexican identity and values ​​in general. As a special guest, Dr. González and his colleagues visited Chicago in hopes of kickstarting a transnational community project between UMSNH and FEDECMI/Casa Michoacán; part of this project would encourage Deferred Action (DACA) DREAMers to apply to study abroad programs at the UMSNH.

Moreover, Dr. González is currently working hard to gather funding resources to create conservation education programming for the local indigenous communities living by the over-wintering sites where the monarch butterflies take refuge.