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Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening

The Art Against Violence exhibit is opening this Saturday, January 10 at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton, and runs through January 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 pm. A reception will take place Friday, January 16 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm with entertainment, food and an opportunity to meet the artists.

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

This fall the Writer’s Guild at Delta College went through some changes. Sarah Antinora, a newly hired English professor, became its advisor.  In addition, the guild has new officers and new layout and copy editors. 

The Artifact, the literary magazine published by the Writers' Guild since 2006, has been given a new name – Artifact Nouveau.  Copies will be distributed locally just before the Spring Semester and will be available on campus the first week of classes.

Artifact Nouveau continues to look for quality content (writings, art, photographs etc.) for future issues.  Send items for consideration to artifactsjdc@gmail.com 

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton. 

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration includes activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers.

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters, and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”