Cultural Coalition, Inc
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Cultural Coalition will partner with the i.d.e.a. Museum, El Rancho del Arte and Guerrero Elementary School to engage the youth of Mesa and produce a Parade or Paseo featuring larger-than-life puppets, musicians, masked performers and participants. “Los Abuelos” is meant to bring Mesa’s diverse community together to create wearable masks that represent our unique ancestries.
The storytelling component will take place on Grandparents Day, Sept. 9 at i.d.e.a. Museum, to kick off the event. Mask making workshops will invite participants a chance to create their own performance masks. Participants will be encouraged to research their grandparents’ stories and work on their costumes to honor their elders. Partners will host a second workshop where the participants can finish their masks, present their costumes and share their stories. Large-scale puppets depicting “Los Abuelos” will be fabricated by Zarco Guerrero and will be on exhibition at the i.d.e.a. Museum for Grandparents Day Celebration. The performance platform will include Desert Sounds Mariachi, Ballet Folklóricos Quetzalli, Ballet Alegria, and Ollin Yoliztli Dance Academy. Everyone is welcome to participate!