JAMESTOWN – A series of events to celebrate and discuss Hispanic culture in the Jamestown community will be taking place next weekend.
The City of Jamestown’s Cultural Bridges Action Team (part of the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission), Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, and 3rd on 3rd Gallery are inviting the public to a day and evening of free activities on Saturday, Oct. 15 as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
As part of the weekend, the current 3rd on 3rd Gallery show, Hispanic Heritage, will culminate with a public “Meet the Artist” reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Pablo Shine.
Also on Saturday at 4:45 p.m., the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts Theater will present a short video – Jamestown: The Welcoming City – examining the lives of local Hispanic citizens and their experiences in Jamestown.
Then at 5 p.m. a Community Conversation will take place, with the topics of Migration and Inclusion planned to be discussed in this town hall-style event. In light of the current economic crisis in Puerto Rico and the growing population of Puerto Ricans in Jamestown, this public discussion will address issues related to migration, inclusion, and the complex relationship between the U.S. and its Territory.
The event will immediately be followed by a Latino Food Fiesta hosted by CHQ Foods. A cash bar will be open to offset costs for the evening. Both events are not ticketed and are free and open to the public.
The evening will end with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. by David Gonzalez with the band, Poetic License.
Hispanic Heritage events are made possible by support from New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and New York Council for the Humanities.
For more information, call 716.484.7070 or visit reglenna.com. Reg Lenna Center for The Arts and 3rd on 3rd Gallery are located at 116 E. 3rd Street in Jamestown.