In case you have not noticed we all have daytime jobs, to–you know–pay the bills. Although, I confess we have sometimes wondered: What if Proyecto Latina was our full-time project? Let us dream, we know how to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground, but who can blame us for such an active imagination, we are after all writers and/or artists and creating is like air for us.
I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by more artists in my 9 to 5 gig. Working for Pros Arts Studio has given me the opportunity to get acquainted with other creatives and develop an even deeper appreciation for the disciplines they work in–beginning with Giselle Mercier, who continually nudges me toward new levels of potential. I’ve learned about the humbling nature of clay from Nicole Marroquin, had the opportunity to co-instruct the Tejer y Poder class with Thelma Uranga– an experience that expanded my horizons to the possibilities of fiber arts and I have witnessed the exceptional commitment to our youth from Delilah Salgado who uses street art to guide teens in the youth produced summer festival, We R Hip Hop.
I’m also immersed in a non-profit world in a community based setting where we have to depend heavily on community and foundation support to survive. We offer free art classes, the kind I only dreamed about as a young person, these take place in a modest basement studio of Dvorak Park. They are out-of-school time programs that include a community clay studio and a circus arts workshop and can always benefit from one more ally.
Enter the 3rd Annual Pozolada on Saturday, March 19th, 2011, a fundraiser to support the community programs mentioned above. The premise is simple: Each ticket purchase includes food, drinks and dessert, at the end of the night you get a one-of-a-kind bowl to take home. Pozole is donated by community members and local restaurants, this year we are having traditional pozoles–including rojo, verde and blanco–as well as more contemporary versions that include a vegetarian pozole. I’m particularly excited that we will be pairing this delectable offering with Latin Vintage Sounds courtesy of (((Sonorama))).
Consider this my personal invitation to you–yes, you—to join me and the Pros Arts Studio community. My mom will be making a pot of her pozole, I know I’m biased but hers is my personal favorite. Save room for seconds and thirds, there will also be signature pozoles from El Faro and De Colores.
3rd Annual Pozolada
Saturday, March 19, 2011
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Held at Casa Juan Diego,
2020 S. Blue Island
Chicago, Il 60608
Advance tickets for Pozolada are $25, tickets at the door are $30, tickets for youth under 12 are $10. You can buy your tickets online at www.prosarts.org.