Sept. 23, 2009
              Gettysburg, Pa – The public is invited to join the HACC-Gettysburg Campus in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2009 with a program featuring mariachi music, traditional Latin dances, children’s activities, a stained glass exhibit, paintings by Colombian and Nicaraguan artists, and foods representing various Latino cultures.

            The celebration will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in The HUB, the new student center at the campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road. The HACC Hispanic Heritage Celebration is a free, public event. 

            Making a repeat appearance to HACC’s annual Hispanic celebration will be Mariachi Sin Nombres & Jogo Bonito Brazilian Samba, an initiative of the World Music Connection at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. These two bands are composed of McDaniel music faculty and students, public school teachers, Carroll Community College students, and members of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra. Their program will include both Mariachi music and Brazilian Samba for listening and dancing.   
            HACC’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration also will feature a program of traditional Latin Folkloric dances performed by the Pasos Caribenos Dance Group of York. This all-teenage dance group is dedicated to the positive promotion, preservation and education of the Latino culture through dance and entertainment. Members perform traditional dances of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Spain and Argentina.
A buffet of foods from El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant will be supplemented with a variety of postres (desserts) provided by students in the HACC Bilingual Club and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Tasting samples of Latino foods will be prepared by volunteers from the Hispanic American Center of Hanover and families from the Latino/Hispanic community.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, new gallery areas at the campus feature vibrant paintings by York Springs resident Liliana Arias, a native of Colombia, and colorful works by student artists and older primitivista painters from Leon, Nicaragua. Also featured is “Phoenix Rising,” an exhibit of 15 stained glass panels by an artist who goes by the single name Holland. The artists will be available at celebration to talk about their work. The exhibits run through Oct. 15.
            The performance at HACC by Mariachi Sin Nombres & Jogo Bonito Brazilian Samba is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.
            For more information, contact HACC-Gettysburg Campus at 337-3855 x 3050.        
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