Monday, April 7, 2014

April 2014: Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta and Information Fair at MOA

Contact:  Charlotte Patterson (Fiesta)

Release Date:  Immediate

Wanda Lassiter (Exhibit)

   (252) 335-1453

End Date:  May 3, 2014

Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina
Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta and Information Fair
May 3, 2014

The presence of a vibrant Latino community in
North Carolina is fairly recent history. Seeking better futures for their families, many Latinos have made their homes here since the 1980s.

Observing this trend, José Galvez, an accomplished photojournalist who is himself Mexican-American, moved with his family from Arizona to North Carolina in 2004 to document this emerging population. The resulting images, taken over 10 years, reveal the diversity and strength of the state’s growing Latino community.  

These photographs of Latino North Carolinians working, worshiping and celebrating are highlighted in an exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle.  Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina is the museum’s first exhibit to focus on the state’s Latino community, and also the institution’s first bilingual exhibit. With English and Spanish descriptions, Al Norte al Norte features 51 compelling images by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. From business owners and farm laborers to grandparents and kindergarten graduates, the photographs capture the daily life of Latino North Carolinians. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run through July 5, 2014.

In addition to Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, the museum is presenting a variety of related free programs and events.  Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the museum is hosting Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta and Information Fair. José Galvez will conduct tours of the exhibit in both English and Spanish. Featured artist, Cornelio Campos will exhibit and sell his paintings.  Modern yet traditional, and deeply personal, the paintings of Campos illustrate complex realities of migrant life that are often concealed. A Mexican-born artist now residing in the U.S., Campos shares emotions and explores contemporary political issues, such as immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border and cultural identity.  Ballet Folklorico—Espirito from Pitt County will perform three dances throughout the day in traditional costumes.  A spicy adventure in cooking will include demonstrations by local chef; Jack Baumbaugh, preparing various salsas for tasting.  Baumbaugh is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, in San Francisco and has worked at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Montero’s of Elizabeth City.  Food from local vendors will be available for purchase.  

A wide variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, scarves, purses, and children’s items will be for sale by local vendor.  Hand-on activities for the children include making Cascarones, piñatas, maracas and story-telling session. Shine boy Stories and Photographs by José Galvez is available at The Museum Gift Shop.  The shop also carries handcrafted items from the Albemarle region including jewelry, pottery, ornaments, and other gift items. 

The Association of Mexican in North Carolina, Inc. (AMEXCAN) Community Resources Center will sponsor an informational Fair where residents can find information on health care, safety, education, and activities in the area.  Fair Traders, A project of ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now, will be part of the informational fair and have beautiful hand made items for purchase to support their effort.   

The museum is seeking additional food and craft vendors for the fiesta.   Application information is available by emailing or by calling 252-335-1453.  Informational fair vendor may submit a copy of their non-profit status with their application to have the fee waived.  

Come see Al Norte al Norte to learn more about family, faith, culture and work in the Latino community in North Carolina. Take advantage of the free exhibit and related programs and events. Follow us on Facebook for additional details including a schedule for the fiesta events.

Al Norte al Norte received generous support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, North Carolina Humanities Council, North Carolina Museum of History Associates, and the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

Additional Supporting Information

Brief Biography: José Galvez

José Galvez knew from age 10, when he took his shoeshine box into the Arizona Daily Star newsroom, that he wanted to be a photographer. He pursued a career in photojournalism at the Star, and later at the Los Angeles Times. In 1984 he and a team of Los Angeles Times journalists won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in Southern California. 

Pursuing his passion for documenting Latino life in the United States, he moved with his family from Tucson to Durham to document this emerging population in the Southeast.

For information about the Museum of the Albemarle, call 252-335-1453 or access or Facebook.

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