EAST CHICAGO | In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a free program entitled "Viva el Arte - A Celebration of Mexican Art," was held at the East Chicago Public Library on Sept. 27.
The event featured vibrant dance performances by Ballet Folkolorico de Santa Maria under the direction of Michael Hernandez and Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana under the direction of Shiela Juarez, Ricardo Garcia, Lisa Lenaburg and Angelica Oria. Both groups delivered a lively performance of traditional music and dance from various regions in Mexico.
Mayor Anthony Copeland was on hand to deliver greetings to program attendees, and Marruza Herrera-Negrete, Pageant and Events Coordinator of the Union Benefica Mexicana, emceed the event. The Union Benefica Mexicana's queen and her court were introduced. The free program, hosted by the East Chicago Public Library was held on Thursday, September 15 at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive.
"We are pleased to offer the library's facilities for such a special celebration," said Charles Moore, library interim director. "This is yet another avenue to showcase the great talents of one of the diverse ethnic groups that reside in the city of East Chicago."
Following the program, free refreshments were served in the meeting room, allowing the audience to socialize with friends and neighbors and to sample traditional Mexican dishes, including lemonade, mini flautas, tamales and pastries.
In conjunction with this celebration of the city's Mexican heritage, the library is featuring a display highlighting the works of distinguished artists Miguel Malagon, Arturo Miramontes, Lubia Reyes, Gloria Roldan, Raymond Santana and Dayanara Villarreal The display located in the Main Library's Templeton Gallery, can be viewed during regular library hours through September 30.
For more information please contact Cheryl Smith at 219- 397-2453, ext. 24.