The opening of Tequio Aqui, Tequio Alla (Tequio Here, Tequio There) is this weekend! Installation and preparation for the opening has been taking place all week long – and last week too – at the Center.
We’re very excited to host this art show about tequio. Tequio is a living tradition of community service and mutual aid in the Oaxacan community. Active in hometowns, it also builds the neighborly bonds that help civic traditions and spiritual customs survive in Los Angeles. All of the artists in the show participate in tequio in their respective communities in some way.
Saturday will kick off at 2:30pm with a gathering in the cul-de-sac at Rimpau and the 10 Freeway (map).
Oaxacan artists Banda Alma del Valle and folkloric dance group Princesa Donaji will lead a kick-off procession down the alley behind Adams to the Center to celebrate the opening of the exhibition!
Banda Alma del Valle is a neighborhood banda that is multigenerational and based in West Adams.
Listen to banda Alma del Valle here at the 2013 Festival Guelaguetza: http://youtu.be/pi9T7_AdF4U
Later, and up until 6pm, check out the artwork and some Veracruz-style (admittedly not Oaxacan, but neighboring to Oaxaca) Son Jarocho music in the back amphitheatre by Conjunto Jardin.
Listen to Conjunto Jardin here: http://youtu.be/vJHyrU0-pzY
Conjunto Jardin hail from around the world, with members of diverse cultural and musical backgrounds, from Kansas City and Oklahoma to Chiapas and Benin, West Africa. It is headed by Libby and Cindy Harding, the daughters of renowned Latin American scholar and musician Timothy Harding, who began playing jarocho music as children. The William Grant Still Arts Center received a special grant to host this concert through the LA County Arts Commission’s Free Concerts in Public Sites program, sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
See you there!