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Corazon Abierto Open House // SF

Price: Free (Registration required for classes).
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Address: 2899 Mission Street, SF.


The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is excited to open its doors back to the community! Join us for our very special open house, Corazón Abierto!

Take part in a day full of activities and entertainment, perfect for the entire family! Welcome back to El Corazon del Barrio on Saturday June 26th, from 10 am – 5:30 pm.



Program: See below for details of each event!

11 am to 1 pm — Paper Maché Masks and Sacred Hearts (Register on Eventbrite)
1 pm to 2 pm — Salsa, Bachata & Merengue workshop (Register on Eventbrite)
2 pm to 3 pm — Capoeira for families (Register on Eventbrite)
3 pm to 3:15 pm (Lobby & Theater) — Blessing by Jorge Molina. Peruvian Tradition.

3:30 pm to 4 pm (Lobby) — Ofrendas de la Tierra: Cultivando relaciones con nuestras plantas parientes by Alondra Aragon:
“I welcome you to a talk about the knowledge of our plant relatives. We will share knowledge of their stories, ancestral places and their medicinal properties. We will have a wonderful time as we get to know intimately the world of California native plants and our native Meso America plants and how they can be grown and prepared for use.”

4 pm to 4:15 pm (Lobby) — Juggling performance by Jefferson Freire.
Enjoy the skills of one of the best Latin juggling artists, join us in these intense and fun fifteen minutes.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm — Live Latin jazz music performance by The Bay Cats
With Charlie Barreda (Keyboards/Vocals), Ramon Garcia (Vocals/Flute/Percussion), David Pinto (Bass/Vocals), and a surprise guest!!


Details of each program:


Paper Mache Masks & Sacred Hearts
Instructor: Diego M. Rios
Date: Saturday June 26th, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Studio: D | Registration is required.
Class Capacity: 15
Ages: 13+
Social Media:
IG: Diegomarcialrios
Web: DiegoMarcialRios.com

Handcraft a Sacred Heart or Mask:

Create and hand paint a Sacred Heart or Mask Steeped in the rich Cultural History of Mexico, after getting an expert demonstration from artist Diego Marcial Rios. Learn how to make a wall-worthy piece of art influenced by Mexican culture. You will learn the almost forgotten ingredients necessary to create paper mache paste. You will also learn the methods of creating larger 3-D structures.

Breathtakingly colorful Sacred hearts and Masks have long been part of the Mexican culture. Beautifully decorated paper mache masks are often used in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Dive into the rich history of the paper mache tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios who details its fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft. Once you have got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand paint your own unique expressive work.

Teacher Bio:

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School, and a B.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.

Diego Marcial Rios’ fine art has been included in more than 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. He is in a number of Museum Collections: The Achenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc..

He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television and Radio. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Marys College, San Jose State University, De Anza College.


Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue
Instructor: Juliana Mendonca
Date: Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Studio: B | Registration is required.
Class Capacity: 25
Ages: 13+
Social Media:
Web: https://www.liquidanza.com/

Workshop Description
This demo class is great for beginner-intermediate students to learn and enjoy three popular Latin dance styles: Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue! Explore the possibilities of your body and how to communicate with others through dance, rhythm, and flavor! Partners are not necessary! This class is taught by Venezuelan dance instructor Juliana Mendonca. Juliana’s teaching style is not a traditional ballroom-style Latin dance class. She first teaches her students to connect to their bodies and to connect to the rhythms before getting to the steps and turns. This foundation will help you loosen up your hips, knees, shoulders, and arms to allow each student to get their own authentic feel for each genre and its unique rhythm.

Juliana Mendonca
Venezuelan Contemporary Dance performer, choreographer, and teacher. Graduated with a degree in dance from the University Institute of Caracas, Venezuela (IUDANZA – UNEARTE) in 2005, she also served as an instructor at the Performing Arts Department of the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela (U.L.A.) (2012-2015); and at the Traditional Dance Program of the National University for the Arts (UNEARTE) (2008); Juliana also served as an independent Yoga and Latin Rhythms dance teacher. In 2011 she received certification as a Yoga instructor by the Physiology of Exercise Program of the University of the Andes (U.L.A.), Mérida, Venezuela.

In 2005, Juliana co-founded Raíz de Agua, a music and dance company, which is her principal artistic endeavor. Since then, she has performed mostly as a solo artist with the Company and through dance has found a way to connect her creativity to spirit and nature, compounded with a unique feminine and artistic self-awareness.

Juliana has worked in collaboration with other artists and companies such as Sarta de Cuentas, an Afro-Venezuelan contemporary dance company, Fundación Andróginos, a physical theater company, and played the leading role in Xarop, a movie about Venezuelan Llanero music and dance. She has also worked in a wide variety of projects and events in conventional and non-conventional spaces such as plazas, galleries, museums, parks and national and international festivals such as: 21 Marató L’Espectacle (Barcelona, Spain. 2004), Festival Internacional Mujeres en La Danza (Quito, Ecuador. 2005, 2007), Festival Jóvenes Coreógrafos (Caracas, Venezuela. 2003, 2004, 2005), Festival del Movimiento, (Mérida, Venezuela. 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), VI Festival Mundial de Solos y Duetos (Caracas, Venezuela. 2009), Festival Internacional de Teatro (Tovar, Venezuela. 2011, 2013, 2015) and V Encuentro Internacional Augusta Gran Fraternidad Universal, (Mérida, Venezuela. 2014).
Juliana currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter, working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.


Capoeira for families
Instructor: Armando Ibarra
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Studio: B.
Class Capacity: 25
Ages: 7+
Social Media:
IG: @Armando_Baqueta
Workshop Description:

This special demo workshop will introduce families to Capoeira. Capoeira is designed to foster mental and physical development. Through the art of Capoeira, the program gives youth and their families a healthy and exciting activity to put their energy into. The difficulty of the exercises depends on the age group and level of the students. Each class will conclude with a group circle (roda) where students clap, sing, play music, and rehearse the movements they have learned against each other.

As a Capoeirista, students are required to develop the skills listed below:
Self Esteem
Self Defense
Endurance Training
Strength Development

Armando Ibarra started his martial arts training at the age of 4 and has been training Capoeira for 10 years. Armando has a background in teaching since he was 16. He has experience teaching people of all ages but has largely placed his focus on the youth. Armando has been assisting with teaching youth classes at local parks and recreation centers under his instructors. He is no stranger to the MAS program as he has grown up in the Mission District and has taught youth in the Mission Cultural Center. He believes that training Capoeira can truly change a person through discipline while introducing a new language, culture, and other skills that one may learn by practicing it.

June 26 2021


Date: June 26
Time: 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE
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