Enjoy the creative arts of Southern Colorado Latinas when the 2013 Latina Voices program is presented from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
The event begins with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and the presenters will be featured from 10 a.m. to noon, with time at the end for questions from the audience and to meet the presenters, who will include:
Amy Sanchez-Martinez, a graduate of UCCS and a master teacher at Mitchell High School. She had many leadership roles while at UCCS and was president of the Latino Student Union and involved in other organizations, such as Student Diversity Council. She often gives inspirational talks.
Luciana Da Silva is a native Brazilian who is passionate about sharing the culture and dances from Brazil. She is trained in Samba, Afro Brazilian and Maracatu. Luciana has taught at Colorado Brazil Fest for the past two years and recently taught Samba at Colorado College. She travels continuously to Brazil to train and research Brazilian dances.
Laura Padilla is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College who researches U.S. Southwestern literature, with a focus on works by Mexican Americans in New Mexico. She teaches classes on Chicano Movement Literature and Native American Literature.
Michelle Abeyta began her life long career as a singer at the age of 14 in Pueblo and has been a professional soloist for the past 25 years. She is well known throughout Colorado and the Southwest for her contributions to preserving folk music of the Southwest. Michelle sings various styles of music, including mariachi, classical, sacred and country. Her award-winning work as a folk artist is recorded in the Smithsonian Archives. Michelle now lives in Colorado Springs and has just released a new recording comprised of all original compositions.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 531-6333, x1202.