Apr 30 2014

The Making of a Vejigante

April 30, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Presented by: UIC Latino Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Join us for an interactive demonstration with mask maker Kenneth Meléndez. He will share the origin, meaning, and production of the artisanal vejigante masks. These masks are traditionally worn during festivities in Puerto Rico and have become a symbol of cultural identity. Learn how the custom of mask making has changed over time and hear about the future of the craft.

Kenneth Meléndez is an artist and musician from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He teaches youth, teens, and adults the importance of Puerto Rican cultural traditions through the arts. He travels the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico with his “Masks and Rhythms” workshops where he merges his passion for the arts with music.

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least three days before the event.

Poster: The Making of a Vejigante [PDF]

Admissions: Free

Location: 803 S. Morgan St. LCB2 Chicago, IL 60607

Co-sponsors: UIC Campus Housing and student organizations Ballet de Colores, Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA), Omega Delta Phi, and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS)


Mario Lucero

Date posted

May 18, 2018

Date updated

Jun 12, 2018