Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an event held on campus. The event included a performance by One Ensemble, a Florida based production company that presented the musical/theatrical performance Tres Vidas based on the lives of painter Frida Kahlo (Mexico), activist Rufina Amaya (El Salvador), and poet Alfonsina Storni (Argentina). Hispanic dance, music, and foods also were a part of the celebration.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration in the United States that began this year on September 15. This federally-designated celebration pays tribute to the “generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” President Donald Trump signed the proclamation that kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends October 15, 2017.
Local Latino dance groups Raices de Mi Tierra and Lolita’s Grupo Folklorico also performed at the event. The dancers, dressed in colorful costumes, demonstrated traditional Latino dances and invited the public to join them. Samples of traditional Hispanic foods, prepared by local chefs and restaurants, also were served. Ms. Tresha McClain chaired the NACC committee that organized the event. Other committee members included Dean Sherie Grace, Chasley Bellomy, Stephen Brewer, Dana Garner, Nancy Griggs, Sheila Hairston, Andrea Harvey, Juana Matias, and Dawn Saint.
“I want to thank Ms. McClain and our committee for their work and the faculty, staff and administrators who attended the program for their participation, as well as our community members,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Our Committee did a great job in organizing the program which so well highlighted Hispanic culture.” Campbell noted that this fall, there are two hundred and sixty-eight students at Northeast registered in credit courses who are of Hispanic heritage. The college has an enrollment of approximately two thousand eight hundred and fifty students taking credit hour courses, and yearly some fifteen hundred in noncredit Adult Education, including English as a Second Language (ESL), registered in DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall County locations.
The Core Ensemble, organized in 1993, has performed in every region of the United States and internationally in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. Ms. Rosa Rodriquez was the featured actress/singer in the program, which also included piano, cello, and percussion music and instruments. The Core Ensemble is directed by Michael Parola. The Boston Globe has described the Core Ensemble as having “. . . a dazzling command of musical vernacular, here the Latin American kind.” Campbell noted that Northeast was very pleased to bring the Core Ensemble to the area. The music performed included popular and folk songs from Mexico, El Salvador, and Argentina.
For additional information on Hispanic Heritage Month, please see http://www.ajc.com/news/national/what-hispanic-heritage-month-things-know/mwK5qeJkaz6Pdx1fmckccP/ For more information about the Core Ensemble and Tres Vidas, please see https://www.coreensemble.com/shows-on-tour/tres-vidas/
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