Music, Dance and Lectures Highlight Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 10, 2021 -- Dutchess Community College will mark Hispanic Heritage Month with events including dance and art workshops, book exhibits, poetry conversations, lectures and a musical performance, all scheduled from Sept. 21 – Oct. 28. All events are free and will be livestreamed on the DCC livestream website at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, with a talk by oral historian and cultural anthropologist Andrew Viñales. The discussion will focus on the Afro-Puerto Rican musical genre of Bomba. Viñales is a recent initiate in the Lukumí Afro-Cuban Orisha tradition, as well as an oral historian and cultural worker passionate about highlighting the experiences of queer Afro-Latinx politics, culture, and spirituality.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 p.m. join teaching artist Aurelio Del Muro for a workshop that will draw inspiration from José Guadalupe Posada, initiator of the modernist art movement in twentieth century Mexico and the creator of Day of the Dead iconography. Participants will have an opportunity to make a drawing that will be followed by a discussion of the social and political message of their artwork. Instructor Del Muro will provide step-by-step guidance for participants to follow along in creating their own drawing. Those participating through livestream should have paper, pencils, and colored pencils.

Another highlight of the Hispanic Heritage Month lineup is an evening of music and conversation with Supermambo at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Latin Grammy-winner Felipe Fournier, a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica, has assembled a group of musicians who have collectively played with some of the greatest Latin musicians – Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon as well as the late Tito Puente. Together as Supermambo, these musicians provide a collection of sounds honoring the spirit of Puente. 

Learn to Bomba with Dr. Drum at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, on Washington Quad, or in case of inclement weather, Drumlin cafeteria. Dr. Drum is a cultural ambassador of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and co-founder/musical director of BombaYo Afro-Puerto Rican Arts’ Project (www.bombayo.org). His Bomba dance workshop promises an interactive experience of union and awareness through song, drum, and dance.

For a full listing of Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit the website.