CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Text by Marion Wiener

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will celebrate
Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15,
with programs, activities and events that will bring a taste of
Hispanic and Latino culture to the Museum for visitors to enjoy.

Above: Gennaro Garcia’s artwork will be on display at the Museum. He will also lead a special art class in print making on the Museum’s Members-Only Night, October 15.

Throughout the month, Gennaro Garcia’s work will be on display at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. A native of San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, the internationally-recognized, Phoenix-based artist uses Italian techniques with oils, acrylics, wood, and plaster, along with the combination of a Mexican color palette from his childhood. The result showcases both world-class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective. Garcia will also lead a special art class in print making on the Museum’s Members-Only Night on October 15th. 

Above: Visitors will be encouraged to make their own Papel Picado Banner in the Museum’s Art Studio.

Festivities during this month-long celebration also include:

PAPEL PICADO BANNER, September 1419: Visitors are encouraged to make their own Papel Picado Banner in the Art Studio. This colorful craft gives visitors the opportunity to make their own papel picado (“perforated paper”) using tissue paper and scissors. Materials will be provided.

  CREATE A SELF-PORTRAIT, September 14 October 15: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known for her self-portraits. She said, “I paint myself because I know myself best.”  In this activity, children will be encouraged to create a Self-Portrait by drawing themselves using the mirrors in our Star Bar. Materials will be provided.

 SURREALIST COLLAGE, September 21-30: Children will create a Surrealist Collage in the Art Studio using Salvador Dali’s painting as inspiration. Materials will be provided.

Above: On October’s First Friday, guests will enjoy live performances.

FIRST FRIDAY, October 1, 5-9 p.m.: Visitors will enjoy performances by:

 Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company: Experience the beauty and joy of traditional folk dances from Mexico, Central America and South America. Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company is a non-profit organization and serves as the official folkloric group for the City of Phoenix.

 Mariachi Pasion: A local, all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Pasion was formed in April 2002. The group itself started in a music class at Arizona State University and has grown into a fifteen-member group with the majority of musicians having worked their way through their education playing mariachi music. The group consists of educators, insurance agents, financial managers, health care professionals, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, IT professionals, accountants and engineers plus several musicians currently working their way through Arizona State University.

Above: Children can create a colorful Día de Los Muertos Skull in the Museum’s Art Studio. 

• GUATEMALAN BARRILETES, October 5-10: This week’s Art Studio project will include Guatemalan Barriletes, where children will be able to build their own colorful kite like those from the Giant Kite Festival in Guatemala. Materials will be provided. 

• DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS SKULL, October 12-17: Children can create a colorful Día de Los Muertos Skull in the Art Studio. Materials will be provided.

The above programs and activities are FREE with paid Museum admission of $16.00 per person. Members and children under the age of 1 are free.

As a safety concern and regardless of vaccination status,
Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.

For more information, visit www.childmusephx.org