Apr 30 2014

The Making of a Vejigante

April 30, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2


803 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


Vejitante mural at the LCC

Presented by the 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.

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)

Date posted

May 18, 2018

Date updated

Apr 14, 2020