Behind the Scenes at the DAM

¡Viva CelebrARTE Every Third Sunday at the DAM!

The Denver Art Museum is sharing in the cry, "¡viva!"  During the celebration of Fiestas Patrias on Mexican Independence Day on September 16, we officially will launch our newest monthly family program, CelebrARTE. CelebrARTE highlights the rich heritage, arts, and cultures of Latinos throughout the world. Every third Sunday, we will explore all of the DAM’s collections through interactive, bilingual, family activities. 

At CelebrARTE: ¡Viva!, you can make art while you watch mariachi and other musical performances.

CelebrARTE was envisioned as a program that emphasized Latinos’ impact on and interaction with world culture, while also emphasizing unique artistic expressions of Latinos’ cultures locally, nationally, and globally. CelebrARTE also is envisioned as an inclusive program for everyone.  Program elements are offered bilingually—Latinos in Denver are from here and abroad, por eso the program is in English, Spanish, and Spanglish! CelebrARTE is a place to share your experiences and artmaking interests as a Latino/a, someone familiar with Latin American culture, or as a person that curious about cultural happenings in the Denver community.

Community involvement is key to CelebrARTE, as each month we partner with Latino artists to help interpret a theme through their artistic perspectives. Each artist creates a project or performance that makes connections between DAM’s collections, the monthly theme, and their artistic talent. So far, we have seen this connection being made through performances of ballet folklóriko, Latin jazz, and flamenco.  In our taller, we made visual arts connections by making party piñatas, and fan-masks. This month we celebrate with a celebration of Independencia.

See you across the street from the Fiestas Patrias festival at Civic Center Park on September 16. On this day and every month at CelebrARTE we will say, "¡Viva nuestra comunidad! ¡Viva nuestra herencia! ¡Viva nuestros artes!

Madalena Salazar is the Latino cultural programs coordinator in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Madalena has been at the DAM since 2011 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On. This piece reminds her of home, family, and community and serves as inspiration for her practice as a museum educator at the DAM.