2010 Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Latina Voices and Visions

2010 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:
Latina Voices and Visions

Exhibit on view September 15 – December 31, 2010
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery

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The Library’s 2010 Hispanic Heritage Celebration will showcase the work of Hispanic women artists in diverse art forms and explore the images of Hispanic women in our culture. The celebration will feature an exhibition, Latina Voices and Visions, curated by Ingrid Betancourt. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 at Main Library, and the calendar of public programs will run from mid-September through mid-November.

This year’s salute to Hispanic Heritage is co-sponsored by the Support Network of the NJ Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library and by Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 973-733-7772 (Sala Hispanoamericana) or email ibetancourt@npl.org.

Latina Voices and Visions and its related programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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On view September 15 – December 31, 2010
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery

Frida_KahloThe exhibit, Latina Voices and Visions, curated by Ingrid Betancourt, will highlight the work of historical and contemporary Latina artists and explore how Latinas are represented in the broader culture of contemporary American and Latin American society. Original artwork from selected Latina artists, prints, posters, and artists’ books from the Library’s Special Collections, photographs and other materials will be on display from September 15 through December 31 in the second floor gallery.

book_cover-Santa_BarrazaFeatured artists include, among others: Mexican painter and graphic artist, Leticia Tarragó; New Jersey-based Puerto Rican painter and muralist, Nitza Tufiño; Peruvian photographer, Natalia Iguiñiz; and Chicana artist, muralist, academic, and activist, Santa Barraza.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 6:00 pm. Main Library, Centennial Hall, Second Floor

Esmeralda_SantiagoBestselling author Esmeralda Santiago will be the keynote speaker. Her talk will be followed by musical performances and previews of upcoming programs. Best known for her first novel America’s Dream, and her memoirs When I was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman, Esmeralda Santiago is an accomplished writer of documentary and educational films, memoirs, novels, an illustrated children’s book, magazine and newspaper articles, and editorial essays.

In keeping with this year’s focus on Latino women, the Library is pleased to partner with the Puerto Rican Heritage Statewide Parade to recognize the winners of this year’s Youth Essay Contest on the theme of Latina pioneers in government, business, law, politics, literature, and arts in New Jersey. The three student winners will receive their awards at the reception.

All programs are free and open to the general public. For additional information, please call 973-733-7772 (Sala Hispanoamericana) or email ibetancourt@npl.org.

Mental Health and the Latino Community: Mental Health Disorders. Educational Workshops Series
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 3:00 pm
Main Library, Sala Hispanoamericana, First Floor
En español, In Spanish

This opening workshop will present important information about mental health and the Latino community, and offer an initial overview of different mental illnesses: schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder. All workshops will be presented in Spanish and are free of charge. Presented by Martha Silva, NAMI NJ en Español.

These health programs will continue into 2011. Please see the full schedule.

New Muslim Cool – Latina Filmmaker Series
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Auditorium, Fourth Floor
86 minutes. In English. Directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor.

Two_menPuerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life twelve years ago and became a Muslim. Now he has moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world and himself.

“This captivating, contemporary & humorous film will appeal to Latino, Black and White audiences alike,” writes Cynthia López, Executive Vice President, American Documentary/POV.

Jennifer_Maytorena_TaylorLatina filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s documentaries and short films have been shown in theaters, on television, and in film festivals and museums around the world. Jennifer’s debut feature, the Spanish-language experimental documentary Paulina, had its U.S. festival premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, won five major festival awards, was released theatrically in over twenty cities in the United States, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film was broadcast throughout the United States and Caribbean on the Sundance Channel, and was recently broadcast in primetime throughout Mexico on that country’s largest network, Televisa. She recently completed work as the co-producer/co-director of Special Circumstances, a PBS documentary following a Chilean exile on his quest to find the people responsible for killing his friends after the 1973 coup.

Cynthia_LópezCynthia López, American Documentary/POV, will introduce and provide commentary for this documentary. POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films and premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with film curator, Cynthia López, and invited speakers: filmmaker/director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, main character: Hamza Pérez (Jason Pérez) and/or his mother, Dolores Pérez, who is also featured prominently in the film.

Short Films by Latina Filmmakers – Latina Filmmaker Series
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Auditorium, Fourth Floor

Beni_MatíasFilm curator, educator, and filmmaker Bienvenida (Beni) Matías will introduce and provide commentary for this series of diverse and exciting short films by emerging and established Latina film producers and directors. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers present.

Beni Matías is herself a pioneering Latina filmmaker who has produced documentaries both for public television and independently. Her 1979 film Heart of Loisaida was recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their film preservation initiative, “Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers.” Matías is a founding board member and former National Association of Latino Independent Producers coordinator. She was executive director of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers in New York City.

Here is a taste of some of the film shorts that will be featured:

Sonia_González-Martínez Urban Lullaby. Sonia González-Martínez, director.
Comedy films are hard to make. This is a wonderful example of how a short comedy can speak to any urban dweller who has been driven insane by noise.
“> Living In America. Camila Arévalo, director.
With camera in hand, thirteen year old Camila Arevalo and sixteen of her eighth grade classmates from Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia went on a journey of political education to Washington, DC.
Sonia_González-Martínez Dirty Laundry. Cristina Ibarra, director.
A humorous look at border culture, Catholicism, puberty, and the hidden pleasures of the spin cycle. By including home movies, telenovelas, and a fictional narrative, Ibarra, as a young filmmaker, opens a door into a Latina’s family and its rituals.

Mental Health and the Latino Community: Depression.  Educational Workshops Series
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Sala Hispanoamericana, First Floor
En español, In Spanish

This second workshop in the monthly series offers a comprehensive look at depression, its causes, symptoms, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. Presented in Spanish, free of charge. Presented by Martha Silva, NAMI NJ en Español.

These health programs will continue into 2011. Please see the full schedule.

definition_of_epistleLatinas Out Loud: Epistles
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Centennial Hall, Second Floor

Latino_Flavored_ProductionsLatino Flavored Productions brings to New Jersey a dynamic and compelling new show that features Latina performers—as well as regular, everyday, non-performers—exploring personal, social, or political issues through the art of letter writing. This ensemble production presents twenty Latinas reading their own short, funny, dramatic, evocative, and/or often poetic letters to their addressee of choice.

Coloring Outside of the Identity Lines: Upside & Downside of Being a ‘Latina’ Author.
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Centennial Hall, Second Floor

Women writers, editors, and playwrights of Latin American heritage come together to debate the benefits and pitfalls of being known as a ‘Latina author.’ Members of the panel include:

Elizabeth_LlorentePanel Moderator: Elizabeth Llorente, senior writer at The Record, where she has specialized in covering immigration and ethnic communities. Llorente’s work has become a national model for race and ethnicity reporting, earning her the 2004 Career Achievement Award by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2003, the Annenberg Institute of the University of Southern California named her one of the country’s top five race and ethnicity writers, and made her an Expert Fellow. ABC-TV’s Nightline featured Llorente and “A Tale of Two Cultures,” her 1998 series on ethnic relations in a small New Jersey town.

book_cover Alisa Valdés Rodríguez, award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. She is the bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys.
book_cover Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, former creative writing and literature teacher in New York City and young adult librarian. Author of Daughters of the Stone, a powerful novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women, spanning five generations.
book_cover Linda Nieves-Powell, writer, award-winning playwright, director, and producer. President of Latino Flavored Productions Inc., a multimedia entertainment company that produces Latino-themed English language productions. Author of Free Style.
Marcela_Landres Marcela Landres, author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and publisher of Latinidad, an award-winning e-zine chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer’s Digest Magazine. She was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster where she managed the award-winning Spanish language imprint Libros en Español.
book_cover Michele Carlo, writer/performer and comedic storyteller. Author of Fish Out Of Agua: My Life On Neither Side Of the (Subway) Tracks.
Raquel_Ortiz Raquel Ortiz, producer, writer, and director. Her award-winning works include the Latino series La Plaza, produced for WGBH-TV in Boston, and Mi Puerto Rico, a personal documentary journey exploring the complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the US, for PBS.
book_cover Caridad Piñeiro, New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Piñeiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project to write a book for a class lending library. Today she is the author of over twenty novels and novellas.

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