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CORAZÓN DEL BARRIO (VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ) // Saturday, February 13 // 10 am – 4 pm
Online program, Zoom, FaceBook live, Youtube Channel MCCLA // Free // All ages //

For more information about the workshops materials and registration visit our website
( www.missionculturalcenter.org )



In these times of pandemic, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, share free classes to enjoy from your home! Support the Latino culture!


10am – 11am Carnaval Dance Class, By Lydia Soto and Juan de Dios, Age 13+
11am – 12 pm Blackout Poetry, By Mara Patricia Hernandez, Not only for Poets!
12pm – San Francisco Youth Theater, A special video presentation!
12pm – 2pm Mission Grafica Zine 101, By Marsha Shaw, Special Workshop!
1pm – 2pm Afro Latin Drumming for Kids, By Hector Lugo, Age 7-12
2:30pm – 3pm Homage to Maestro Ochoa, MCCLA is honored to recognize the artistic -career of maestro Alfonso Ochoa, a music teacher in the Latino community for decades.
3pm – 4pm Orquesta Adelante One of the local bands that has been part of MCCLA, led by Suzanne Cortez.


Program description:

Carnaval Dance Class:
Join us from anywhere in your home for this special one-hour workshop and dance to a fusion of rhythms: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Bachata. All levels. Choreographers: Lydia Soto Vergara and Juan de Dios Soto.

Artist Bio
Juan de Dios Soto Peruvian dancer, musician, and founder of Tradicion Peruana Cultural Center, Juan de Dios Soto has taught and performed Cajon and Afro-Peruvian percussion since came to the United States in 1991 from Lima, Peru. As part of his cultural traditions Juan was raised playing the Cajon with his family and community. Today he is the musical director of Jaranon y Bochinche dance Performance Company and teaches classes to students and musicians throughout the Bay Area. Juan has led his group to participate in San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Theater Artaud, Encuentro Popular, and at many other Bay Area venues. Juan also created and directed two well received dance and music performances, “Windows to the World” and “Raices Negras”.

Juan teaches Cajon classes and workshops to all ages throughout the Bay Area, at schools, Universities, community and cultural centers. His dynamic teaching style and passion for sharing his cultural roots and music has inspired students to study with Juan and develop their percussive skills under his direction.

Lydia Soto
Lydia is a choreographer, dancer, and co-founder of the Tradicion Peruana Cultural Center. She grew up in Lima, Peru. Lydia Soto has taught and performed Afro-Peruvian dance since came to the United States in 1993. Lydia comes from a very talented family. She started dancing in Peru from a very early age in schools, colleges, and communities. Today Lydia is the choreographer-director of Jaranon y Bochinche dance performance company. Lydia also teaches classes to students of different ages throughout the Bay Area.
Lydia has led her group to participate in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Theater Artaud, Encuentro Popular, and at many other Bay Area venues. Lydia also was part of “Windows to the World” and “Raices Negras”, which are two well-received dance and music performances in the Bay Area.

Blackout Poetry Workshop:
Registration is required // Class Capacity 20 // Age 8+
Poetry is for everyone, not only for poets!
Blackout poetry is a technique for creating poetry that takes an existing text – such as a page from a book, or a newspaper article– and obscures or “blacks out” certain words in order to highlight others. The remaining, highlighted words create a new poem from the original text.
You will be using old book pages to create a variety of poems. It is all about finding a new story in between the existing one. The new story might take the form of a poem, a combination of words, or even just one word. Blackout poems can be quirky, funny, illogical, contradictory, or deeply meaningful and personal.

There is absolutely no prior experience required. You don’t even have to be very good at grammar or syntax, nor does English have to be your first language.

Materials List.
For this class, students will need the following materials:
A published page from anything: newspaper, instruction manual, old textbook, page from an old book; any sort of page filled with words works!
A thick black pen that won’t run out of ink easily, such as a Sharpie
A Pencil
Optional – colored pens or pencils, crayons, soft pastels.

Artist Bio
Mara Patricia Hernandez is a Mexican visual poet, digital artist, and designer; who creates multifaceted visual poetry. In her work, she combines both digital and traditional techniques, her attention to the form of a letter or the shaping of a word places language and text at
the tactile and metaphoric center of her work. Much of her visual poetry has been published and exhibited around the world. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area. To learn more about her work visit: maraphernandez.com

San Francisco Youth Theater:
San Francisco Youth Theater: Voces para todxs.Time: 5 minute Presentation during performances,Via: Streamyard, Youtube.

Mission Grafica Zine 101:
Registration is required // Class Capacity 20 // All ages
For the last 40 years public participation, resistance and social change has been the hallmark of Grafica Printmaking Studio. This zine workshop is intended to bring together multi-generational students who are interested in exploring the ideas of social justice, politics, and current issues through self-expression.
During this workshop students will learn how to fold, collate, bind and reproduce their Zines so that they are ready to go. Students will get a chance to look at the instructor’s collection of Zines.
Suggested Supply List:
Found photos or color photocopy new ones Washy Tape (Blick, Michaels, Target) or masking tape, brown paper
packaging tape.
Writing from journals
Magazines or old books to cut up
Colored pencils and/or pens
Glue sticks
Stamp pads
8.5”x11 copy paper
8.5×14 legal copy paper
Baby wipes (biodegradable) to clean stamps.

About the Instructor
Marsha Shaw was born in Los Angeles and currently works and lives in San Francisco California where she maintains an active art and teaching practice. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. and M.A. in Painting from California State University Northridge. From 2008 until 2018 Shaw was an adjunct faculty member at De Anza College in Cupertino where she taught drawing and design and is currently the manager of Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she also teaches screen-printing workshops. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking and printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Cuesta Community College, Museum of Children Art and Mendocino Art Center. A member of the California Society of Printmakers, Shaw’s work is in several collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Contact: paintingpony@hotmail.com
IG: @marshashawart website: mashawshaw.com

Afro Latin Drumming for Kids:
Registration is required // Class Capacity 25 // Ages 7 – 12
Through drumming, singing and storytelling children are introduced to the musical traditions and culture of the Caribbean and Latin America. Students learn how to play percussion instruments such as the congas, panderos de plena, bongó and other hand drums, as well as güiro, maracas, campanas, and cuás (drum sticks). They learn rhythms, songs and stories from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela and Colombia and get the opportunity to perform at the end-of-semester class recitals. The focus of the class is on hands-on learning and fun activities, but the curriculum is designed to develop musicianship, physical coordination, bi-lingual literacy skills, multi-cultural awareness, and comfort with public speaking and performance.

Héctor Lugo is a percussionist, singer, song-writer, and educator. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 to pursue graduate studies in sociology at UC Berkeley. Shortly thereafter, he begun to perform with some of the great bands and artists in the local Latin, Jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music scenes, dedicating himself to what would become a lifelong of study and teaching of Latin American and Caribbean music, history, and culture. He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists such as Bobby Céspedes and Conjunto Céspedes, Louie Romero and Grupo Mazacote, Modesto Cepeda and Cimiento the Puerto Rico, Luis “Chichito” Cepeda and the Los Cepeda Ensemble, Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project, Larry Vuckovich, the John Santos Sextet, Salsa legend Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Los Pleneros de la 21, Cuban son ensemble Pellejo Seco, Chuchito Valdés, Mono Blanco, Edgardo Cambón y Candela, and Zimbabwean traditional dance troupe The Chinyakare Ensemble, to name a few. Lugo is the founder and director of the Latin-Roots band La Mixta Criolla, producing its debut album AfroTaíno (RoundWhirled records, 2011), and a founding member of the bomba ensemble Grupo Aguacero. He has written music for two plays — “Living in Spanish” and “Burnt American Dreams” — and numerous children’s and youth performances. His compositions and arrangements have been featured in the documentary film “Dolores,” about the life of the great labor organizer and feminist leader Dolores Huertas, and the acclaimed compilation “Salsa de la Bahía,” vol. 2 (Patois Records, 2015).

Héctor has designed, managed and implemented educational and cultural arts programs in collaboration with SFJAZZ, the San Francisco Symphony, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Oakland Youth Chorus, San Francisco Community Music Center, and the San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts. He has also developed classes and workshops for children and youth at community centers such as La Peña Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center, the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, Youth Art Exchange, and Loco Bloco, among others. He is the founder and co-director of the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop which since its creation in 2000 has promoted the appreciation, study and performance of Puerto Rican folkloric music through regular classes and workshops, master classes with visiting artists, concerts, class recitals, and music festivals. He is the founder and co-director of Las Quenepas Youth Ensemble, dedicated to the study and performance of traditional Puerto Rican bomba and plena music and dance, and has coordinated and led study trips to Puerto Rico for groups of children and youth from the Bay Area. Lugo has done extensive research on Latin American history, politics and culture, with particular emphasis on the sociology and historical foundations of Latin-Caribbean music, literature and culture. He has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Mills College, City College of San Francisco and Humboldt State University. Mr. Lugo has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Literature from Haverford College, an M.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley with specializations in social theory and the political economy, history, and culture of Latin America, and has done extensive Ph.D. level coursework and research as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Berkeley’s Sociology Department. In his spare time he likes to read, cook, work with wood and travel.

Homage to Maestro Ochoa:
MCCLA is honored to recognize the artistic -career of maestro Alfonso Ochoa, a music teacher in the Latino community for decades.

Orquesta Adelante :
Desde la Cueva del Jaguar!
One of the local bands that has been part of MCCLA, led by Suzanne Cortez.




Date:February 13
Cost: FREE
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