~ ARTE ACA ~
Navidad Callera – The Mexican traditional street celebrations
A Family Christmas 50th Anniversary
271 S Market Street
San José, CA
FREE Public Gala Performance FREE Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Advance Ticket reservations
By Invitation for schoolchildren
FREE to all Santa Clara County Schools FREE
December 15 & 16 2016
“Nuestra Navidad” – 50 years in progress and enduring.
I could have reeled in personal fame and profit since its inception by succumbing to modern conventionality and the commercial contemporary drive in the folk arts for Christmas in both South and North of our countries’ border, but I have refused to trade the Aztlán Academy’s traditional cultural standing for any shortcuts to produce our art work with altered regional styles. Therefore, I teach what I personally enjoyed in my youthful years partaking in the commonality of life style of “la gente simple del pueblo”.
My careful attention to cultural detail and made-for-preserving tradition imbues my choreographies with a special sentiment that consistently guided our performers to master the quality of aesthetic projection of real life values showcasing regional diverse people’s artistic expressions for theatrical escenographic folklore concerts.
It is this soulfulness, in fact, that drew in our present faculty who are like the stewards of the Mexican Diaspora’s old provincial Christmas left behind. I have a fairly healthy fear that if we were not here celebrating it in our way, then the folk cultural arts experience depicting “Mother, Father, and Child” for the young generation, would quickly disappear deformed, eroded, transformed and absorbed into something else like our indigenous and mestizo languages, food, arts and social values.
The Aztlán Academy has attempted to preserve a centuries time honored Mestizo art tradition; it may also be securing such expressions in San José-Santa Clara County, California and Arlington/Grand Prairie-Tarrant County, Texas for the next generation of youth in love with the virtual world in the 21st Century; at a time in which the future seems to be coming all too fast and families are reluctant to incorporate the inspirational cultural values of the past.
POR LA EDUCACION DE NUESTRO PUEBLO
J.H. Salazar, Director
Produced by the Aztlán Academy of San José, Inc.
To all San José and other Santa Clara County Educators:
FREE EXPERIENCES IN THE MEXICAN/CHICANO FOLK ARTS FOR YOUR STUDENTS
The Aztlán Academy is pleased to once again present a program, serving students throughout San José and Santa Clara County with free performances and exhibitions. The mission of ARTE ACA is to educate and expose young people to a variety of art forms and modes of expression that are reflective of the Mestizo Mexicano.
For fifty years, Aztlán Academy has enabled students to attend professionally produced performances and exhibits. The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs has offered professional development to arts providers in creating curriculum guides developed in alignment with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. These materials help enhance the educational value of what could otherwise be “just another field trip.”
In the current funding and economic environment, we believe more than ever in the value of partnership and sharing with educational institutions and communities, giving our local youth the opportunity to experience the power of the arts.
REGISTRATION FOR NUESTRA NAVIDAD 2016
December Daytime performances are FREE to all Santa Clara County Schools. Teachers must submit a registration form. Scheduling priority is given to early registration. Reserve Transportation NOW! Confirmation will follow as events are scheduled. Events will be confirmed by email. Program duration is one hour.
CANCELLATION DEADLINE: 11/30/2016
"Nuestra Navidad" concert will be presented rain or shine. A cancellation fee of $300.00 dls. per class will be charged for any cancellations/no shows after the 11/30/2016 deadline. Schools on the wait-list will be scheduled accordingly and immediately notified.