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Creative Immigrant Educators of Latin American Origin
CIELO
Artesanas

Our bilingual department honors the artistic traditions of community members and immigrant educators of Latin American origin. By engaging youth in learning and preserving these cultures and traditions, the program focuses on passing knowledge along to future generations through art, music, dance, and cuisine. CIELO explores these traditions through artist exchanges, workshops, artisans’ markets, classes, exhibitions, and community events. We welcome everyone who is interested in learning about Latin American cultures and traditions.

Honoring Latin Heritage

Artesanas

The Artesanas are a group of talented women living in Southeast Baltimore who are natives of Latin American countries, such as Mexico, El Salvador, and Ecuador, who honor their Latin American heritage by demonstrating, sharing, and teaching traditional crafts.

Artesanas provide enrichment programs in area schools and community workshops at festivals, libraries, and universities. Artesanas produce bilingual programs for all ages that include piñata making, alebrije mask making, papel picado, sugar skulls, Day of the Dead altar making, corn husk art forms, paper flower making, and much more.

The Artesanas focus on artist exchanges, workshops, and public events. The program includes professional development training in Spanish for immigrant artists, after-school enrichment programs, and public community workshops at family festivals and area schools. They organize bilingual cultural events for all ages including Día de Los Muertos and Las Posadas!

The Artesanas are a part of the bilingual CIELO department, which honors the artistic traditions of community members and immigrant educators of Latin American origin. By engaging youth in learning and preserving these cultures and traditions, the program focuses on passing knowledge along to future generations through art, music, dance, and cuisine.

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For Children Ages 8-13
Nikandii

Nikandii, the Tacuate word for sun, is a program designed for children ages 8-13 to immerse themselves in Latin American culture through song and dance. During this program, children learn to appreciate and preserve Latin American folk music and culture. Through song, dance, and theater, students practice Spanish language skills and become more self-confident while engaging in fun, creative activities each week.

Creative Alliance | Artesanitos | Group of kids ready for performance
For the Whole Family

Tianquiztli

Tianquiztli means marketplace in Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) and is a celebration and opportunity to learn about the art of Latin American food, music, and traditions. Tianquiztli takes place outdoors during the summer months and hosts Latin American artisans, food vendors, and performances throughout the day.

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For Teens
Jóvenes en Acción

This performance troupe brings together Latin American teens to encourage self-expression and promote team building through traditional Mexican and Latin American dance. The teens also perform service-learning projects that foster giving back to the community while planting new roots in Southeast Baltimore. As a dance team, they discuss and plan new community outreach events, which include free performances at churches and community centers, and engage community members in discussions about important topics such as homelessness.

Creative Alliance | Jovenes En Accion | Performing in front of Patterson Theater
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