The Making of a Vejigante
Date(s) - Wednesday, 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.
Poster: The Making of a Vejigante [PDF]
If you require any accommodations please contact us at least three days before the event.
Name: Yehimy Montes
UIC Campus Housing and student organizations Ballet de Colores, Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA), Omega Delta Phi, and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS)
UIC Latino Cultural Center