- On June 3, the Loft Cinema hosts an outdoor screening of Selena “the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano where it had never gone — into mainstream America.” Stars J-Lo!
- Join us on June 8 for the Nogales Innovation Circuit Tour, an SFA Culture & Society Learning Exchange. Nogales-born Stephanie Bermudez guides a walking tour through downtown Nogales to learn about cultural innovation happening along the border. Register by calling (520) 621-4046 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- June 16-17, Fiesta Latina, Silver City, NM. A free festival featuring Latin music, performances, foods, and artisans from across Mexico. Artisanal tequila too! On campus of Western New Mexico University. www.fiestalatina.org
- June 19 begins a 6-week writing course, Where I’m From: Writing the Landscape of Home taught by Lisa O’Neill at Southern Arizona Workspace, 6-8pm. “We will celebrate their complexity: beauty, difficulty, their physical attributes, their histories (laudable and problematic). We will consider how they have shaped the people who know them intimately, including ourselves. We will explore other places as foils, juxtaposed against our homelands. We will consider the homelands of our ancestors and how all the places of our people are carried within us.” More information here and here.
- We express deep gratitude and appreciation for Bob Booker, retiring executive director at the Arizona Commission for the Arts. Bob has been an ally and a partner who made possible the birth of the Southwest Folklife Alliance as the NEA-designated Folk Arts State Partner in Arizona. We wish him the best in his retirement.
- The holy month of Ramadan begins May 26, a time when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset in an act of daily devotion. Here is a great video with some tips on how non-Muslims can support their neighbors during the season.
- And in case you’re confused by the often-used, but not always clear term “intersectionality,” here is an interview/primer with Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, the scholar who coined the concept: “A solid understanding of the real social conditions existing across race, gender and class isn’t just important because it fills in important gaps and misreadings (of the last election’s results, for example), but also because it gives us the knowledge we need if we are to bring people and movements together, and avoid repeating our divide-and-conquer history.” Read the whole interview here.