2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Kenmore Middle School
On Sunday, October 15, 2-6 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, join us at the 2017 Latino American Festival as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, authentic Latino food, artistic presentations, games for kids and much more! Check back for details!
2-6 p.m.: All-ages mask-making project
2-6 p.m.: Live sawdust carpet-making demonstration with Guatemalan “Alfombra” artist Ubaldo Sanchez. Ubaldo’s projects have explored the rich craft-based art of Guatemala such as painted pottery, and eventually expanded to silk screen printing, sculpture and painting. Sanchez has designed and painted numerous murals in Arlington and the DC area. He has designed and completed “Alfombras de Aserrin” (traditional colorful sawdust carpets) for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival. The Alfombras are a Guatemalan tradition dating back to the Mayans, who made the carpets of flowers for their kings to walk on as they walked to their ceremonies. In the 16th century, the Catholic church altered the tradition of the Alfombra and began to use colorful sawdust to create them.
2-6 p.m.: Live painting demonstration with Mexican-inspired artist and Arlington resident David Amoroso. David’s paintings feature iconic portraits of everyday people and he also represents Mexican pop culture through his work. Learn more about David and see his work: http://amorosoart.wixsite.com/davidamoroso.
2017 Food Vendors*:
- Colombian Food: Lechona, empanadas (chicken and beef), platanos verdes (chicken and beef), pasteles de yuca, chorizo con papa, arepas choclo, arepas queso, water, sodas
*Food vendors subject to change. The list of vendors will be updated as they are confirmed.
2017 Artisan Vendors*:
- AVF and Trading Solutions: Twisted balloon designs and Helio balloon arrangements.
- Celina Alvarez – Independent Avon Rep: Avon products
- Discovery Toys: Children’s developmental toys/games
- Elocuente Collections: Elocuente Collections is an online African products store that takes pride in promoting diversity. All of their unique products are handmade. They do not just sell but also share the stories and history behind their products as well.
*Artisan vendors subject to change. The list of vendors will be updated as they are confirmed.
2017 Community/Non-Profit Vendors*:
- AARP Virginia: AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
- Arlington County Car-Free Diet: Arlington’s Car-Free Diet is a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of the Department of Environmental Services of Arlington County, Virginia. The main objective of the program is to educate in a fun way County residents and visitors to lessen the use of their personal cars. By lessening the use of single occupancy cars, we encourage County residents and visitors to consider alternative modes of transportation such as: Metrorail, Bus, Capital Bikeshare, Vanpool/Carpools, personal bicycles, and telework.
- Arlington County Democratic Committee: The Arlington Democrats will provide information about the upcoming election to attendees and may also have state-wide or local candidates at their booth.
- Arlington County Department of Environmental Services – Solid Waste Bureau: Trash and recycling services for Arlington County single-family homes. Also administers the Multi-Family and Commercial Recycling Program for Arlington County businesses. Interactive recycling game and program giveaways.
- Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families (APCYF): Commission and County Office focused on supporting parents and children; we will share information and resources to help parents build positive relationships with their children, increase communication, and strengthen children’s abilities to make healthy choices.
- Arlington Public Art: Arlington Public Art presents HOME @Arlington, a book making project with Arlington-based artist Sushmita Mazumdar. Participants will create an origami-style book that encourages them to think about and respond to the bigger idea of home, which includes public art and public spaces. Books created this summer and fall at various locations will be displayed in the lobby of Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Boulevard), creating colorful city blocks where the art, stories, likes and hopes of Arlingtonians from all over the County can mix. This project is part of the update of the Arlington’s Public Art Master Plan (PAMP). Adopted in 2004, the PAMP outlines a strategy for how public
art will improve the quality of public spaces and the built environment in Arlington for civic placemaking.
- Arlington Public Library: Information about Arlington Public Library services.
- Arlington Sister City: Information about Arlington Sister City Student Exchange with Coyoacan Mexico.
- Historic Preservation Program: The Historic Preservation Program of Arlington County identifies, documents, promotes, preserves and protects Arlington’s significant, natural, cultural, architectonic and archaeological historic resources. In its educational outreach capacity it provides information about all aspects of the program to its diverse community promoting its designated districts.
- Moms Demand Gun Sense in America: Non-partisan grassroots volunteer organization which advocates for common sense gun laws and safe home storage of firearms. Also has a support network for survivors of gun violence.
- National Latina Advocacy Network: Bilingual (English and Spanish) information on health resources and and interactive table where families can learn more about access and health.
- Neighborhood Health: Neighborhood Health is a non-profit medical center providing Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, Medication Assistance, Ryan White Program, FAMIS / Medicaid Enrollment Assistance to all of those in need. People must be income eligible (at 200% FPL or below).
- REEP (Arlington Education and Employment Program): REEP is part of Arlington Public Schools that teaches English as a Second Language to adult immigrants, ages 18 and up. They have tuition classes at Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) and at Sequoia Plaza as well as free morning classes at AMCC and at Gates of Ballston Community Center. They keep tuition rates low, thanks to funding from the Arlington County Board. About 75 percent of their students are Spanish-speaking. A bilingual staff member will be on site to give information about REEP’s classes and how to register.
*Community/non-profit vendors subject to change. The list of vendors will be updated as they are confirmed.
Interested artisan vendors, fill out the online application. The fee to participate is $35.
Interested community/non-profit vendors, fill out the online application. There is no fee for non-profit organizations to participate.