SPRINGFIELD — Residents are encouraged to bring congas, timbales, bongos, guiras, maracas and lawn chairs to the first-ever Salsa at the Museum kick-off celebration.
Salsa dancing, music by DJ Cowboy, activities, food trucks and more will fill the quadrangle green with liveliness at the Springfield Museums on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Music brings us together and salsa dancing unites the diverse communities,” said state Rep. Carlos González, D-Springfield, who will also be the master of ceremonies for the evening.
“Springfield is rich with diversity and together we celebrate the kick-off of Hispanic heritage month at the museums, the Arts district of Western Massachusetts,” González said.
The free public event will include live music by the Choco Band, a dance demonstration will be provided by Salsa Sensation, art activities with Bay Path University students and a fencing demonstration by Peruvian fencing champion Juan Carlos Changanaqui.
Food truck vendors scheduled for the event include, El Chichorro De Esther y Susa, Moctezuma Mexican restaurant and Tropical Ice.
Museum officials hope the inaugural debut of Salsa at the Museum will be a preview of an annual fall Latino’s arts festival in the city.
“We love bringing families and communities together,” said Kay Simpson the president and CEO of the museum.
In support of the 2023 Latino Arts festival and a permanent exhibit on Latino’s culture, the event has been made possible by $100,00 state earmark supported by the Springfield Legislation Delegation and González, partnered with the museums.
“The lived experience of Latinos is not well represented in the museums and this partnership will help fix that,” Simpson said.
Vanessa Otero, a member of the museum’s board of trustees and executive director of the Healing Racism Institute helped organize the event said she is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of diversity.
“It is important that the museums become a space of expression for all cultures who call Springfield home,” she said.
“We have assembled a community advisory group lead by Lydia E. Martines-Alverez and Maddie Landrau to work together with our staff to make these important projects real and relevant,” Simpson said.
“I am excited to celebrate Latino heritage at the Springfield Museums. I hope the many wonderful communities of our city will join the celebration,” said state Sen. Adam Gomez, D-Springfield.
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