Reflections & Expressions: Communities & Cultures of Central & South America

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The Reflections & Expressions project focuses on the cultural heritage of the Central and South American communities in our area through two-year multi-faceted programming that includes exhibitions, educational activities, artist residencies, conferences, rituals, music, and dance performances. This project is part of the WheatonArts’ Creative Community Connections initiative, a series of programs inaugurated in 2004 to inspire meaningful conversations about perceptions of the past and challenges of the present; notions of life, aesthetics, and spirituality—all interpreted through arts. It is designed to bring about understanding, appreciation, and engagement in the arts, traditions, and cultures of our region’s extraordinarily diverse population.

The Central and South American communities in New Jersey are diverse groups representing various cultures, sometimes even within their countries of origin. They were formed gradually over time through past and recent immigration. Today, they contribute a variety of art forms and traditions to the multi-cultural landscape of our state. Our primary focus is on arts and cultures associated with Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina.

We collaborate with partners, local communities, and various artists working in traditional and contemporary art forms. They offer different reflections on cultural heritage and multiple forms of artistic expression that provide the vehicle to once again engage our audiences in a dialogue about cultural heritage and shared humanity. Major highlights of our 2021 fall programs include three major exhibitions, artist residencies, a community arts project, workshops, and virtual events.

Please note: For the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences, and based on the recommendations of the CDC, masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will also be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

2021 Program Schedule: 

EXHIBITIONS

Mayan Traje: A Tradition in Transition
Down Jersey Folklife Center at WheatonArts
September 24—December 31
Exhibit Opening: Saturday, September 25
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Persistent Memories: Portraits on Glass
WheatonArts’ 1876 School House
September 24—December 31
Exhibit Opening: Saturday, September 25
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Francisco Grisolía Dávila: At the North of the South
Arts & Innovation Gallery, Rowan College of South Jersey
November 19—December 31
Exhibit Opening: Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m.

RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS

Guatemalan Weaving
Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3 (Festival of Fine Craft), 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Maya Sawdust Carpet: Community Arts Project
Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3 (Festival of Fine Craft), 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

From Gourd to Maraca: Maya Painting Workshop
Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Calendario del programa 2021:

Exposiciones

Traje Maya: Una Tradición en Transición
Down Jersey Folklife Center en WheatonArts
del 24 de septiembre al 31 de diciembre
Inauguración de la exposición: 25 de septiembre (sábado), de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m.

Recuerdos Persistentes: Retratos Sobre Vidrio
WheatonArts’ 1876 School House
24 de septiembre al 31 de diciembre
Inauguración de la exposición: 25 de septiembre (sábado), de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m.

Francisco Grisolía Dávila: Al Norte del Sur
Rowan College of SJ – Galería de Artes e Innovación
del 19 de noviembre al 31 de diciembre
Inauguración de la exposición: 19 de noviembre (viernes), 6 p.m.

Residencias Y Talleres

Tejido Guatemalteco
2 y 3 de octubre (sábado y domingo), de 12 p.m. a 4 p.m.

Alfombra de Aserrín Maya Proyecto de Arte Comunitario
2 y 3 de octubre (sábado y domingo), de 12 p.m. a 4 p.m.

De Calabaza a Maraca Taller de Pintura Maya
13 de noviembre (sábado), de 2 p.m. a 4 p.m.

Eventos Virtuales

Wheaton Conversations: Tejiendo Vida ~ Arte de Fibra Maya
16 de septiembre de 2021, de 6 p.m.

Wheaton Conversations: Cambio Social y Proceso Artístico
14 de octubre de 2021, de 6 p.m.

Wheaton Conversations: Música Argentina ~ Perspectivas Tradicionales y Contemporáneas
18 de noviembre de 2021, de 6 p.m.

“Reflections & Expressions: Communities & Cultures of Central & South America,” is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Additional project support is provided by the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

This Down Jersey Folklife Center project series edition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Blue logo for New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Logo for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
A collection of logos, including Museo Ixchel Del Traje Indigena, Friends of the Ixchel Museum, Raices Culturales LatinoAmericanas, Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Rowan College of South Jersey, and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
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