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Outreach Events 2005-2009


Past Events

Fiesta del Sol Street Festival - August 8-9, 2009
Alebrijes Teacher Training Workshop - February 7, 2009.
Meet the Author Workshop (5th Annual) - November 1, 2008
Latin American Music in the Classroom [Teachers' Workshop] - February 3, 2007
Meet the Author Workshop (3rd Annual) - January 28, 2006
Latin American Textiles [Teachers' Workshop] - October 22, 2005
Meet the Author Workshop (2nd Annual) - January 29, 2005

Outreach Events were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education through a Title VI National Resource Center Grant

Fiesta del Sol Street Festival

Saturday & Sunday, August 8-9, 2009
Historic Logan Avenue (Evans-26th Street)

The 4th Annual Fiesta del Sol is a FREE two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and engagement of the people of San Diego. It is a fun, family-friendly, alcohol and tobacco free event focused on creating positive change by empowering our communities. Given the success of our previous three years, the 2009 Fiesta del Sol promises to be even better!

Alebrijes Workshop

Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas, UCSD campus
Teacher Training Workshop Flyer (PDF)

The workshop will provide teachers the opportunity to learn more about the history of Alebrijes, how they are made, and the opportunity to create their own art sculpture.

Latin American Music in the Classroom

Saturday, February 3, 2007 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Institute of the Americas, University of California, San Diego campus
Special Event for Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, & Spanish TAs
Teacher Training Workshop Flyer (PDF)

José-Luis Orozco's workshop demonstrates how music and song can be used to proote oral language development. He will sing traditional Latin American music and discuss its historical component (i.e., corridos and other Latina American music). The goal of this workshop is to introduce educators to Latin American oral traditions and teach them how to incorporate music into their curriculum.

About the Presenters

José-Luis Orozco is an author and recording artist whose work draws upon the rich heritage of the Spanish-speaking world. Through his music, José-Luis Orozco has sought to expose a wider audience to Spanish language childhood traditions and promote Latin American culture.

Heidi Feldman is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication. Her research interests include music and social movements in Latin America.

Latin American Textiles

Saturday, October 22, 2005 from 8:30am-12:15pm
Institute of the Americas, University of California, San Diego campus
Open to all K-12 educators
$10 (RSVP Required)
Teacher Training Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Hosted by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Museum of Man.

Clothing of Oaxaca
Grace Johnson will make a presentation on Oaxacan clothing comparing, with historical photos, the traditional clothing of years ago with that of today.

Kuna Molas of Panama
Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador will teach participants how to incorporate molas into the classroom setting. The talk includes the women of Kuna and describes their highly developed sense of aesthetic valuing (Visual Arts Standards of the K-12 California schools). The participants will be able to view a variety of molas.


Hands-on weaving project with Grace Johnson. This is a project you can teach in your classroom! Gabino Jimenez will discuss his weaving methods and show some of his tapestries. The Museum's Education Department will present a new Kuna Molas check-out kit, and discuss classroom activities based on California State Standards for Visual Arts, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Hand-outs will be available.

2nd Annual Meet the Author Workshop

Innovative Approaches to Teaching Latin American Poetry in the Classroom
Special Guests - Juan Felipe Herrera & Tomás Rivera, Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, UCR

Dreamtigers Writing Workshop: 8 Daring Poems, Poets & Teaching Powers

Saturday, January 29th, 2005, 8:30am-12:00pm
Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
Special Event for Middle School and High School Teachers
Free to all educators and librarians (RSVP Required)

Hosted by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego and co-sponsored with the Center for Chicano/a Latino/a Arts & Humanities (CLAH).

Professor Jorge Mariscal, Director of CLAH will discuss Contemporary Chicano/a Literature and Culture. Juan Felipe Herrera will present the poetry of eight major Latin American poets and in some cases artist-poets (Neruda, Parra, Dalton, Vallejo, Castellanos, Borges, Agustini & Kahlo). A Dreamtiger Writing Wheel will be provided. It will contain mainstream literary devices such as syntax, metaphor and line and also point to European-Latin American writing traditions such as the Cueca and the Décima. The Writing Wheel will correspond to each poem and will be taught with hands-on innovative, visual, auditory and interactive exercises.

This workshop will benefit teachers with students that experience writing burn, and would rather avoid poetry, creative writing and writing in general. The session is also for teachers that want to explore new ways to teach creative writing and to dream up fresh approaches for making Latin American culture accessible and exciting. The term Dreamtigers is from Luis Borges’ poetry collection with the same title a term to encourage us to prowl and leap into the powerful world of word-dream, word-imagination and new ways of seeing-writing.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet and learn from the author of Calling the Doves, Upside Down Boy, Featherless, Laughing Out Loud I Fly, Crashboomlove, Loteria Cards, Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler, Supercilantro Girl, Coralito’s Bay/Bahia de Coralito, Featherless/Desplumado and many others!