(Sacramento, CA) La Raza Galería Posada(LRGP), Sacramento's Latino cultural center announces the Saturday, June 1 first-ever Día del Niño "KiDDay" Festival. The afternoon children's festival will be outdoors on the spacious grounds of the Miller Art Complex, 2700 Front St. just south of the bustling Broadway corridor.
"This will be a day to honor kids--their happiness and enthusiasm and possibility" noted event committee member Irene Lugo, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Sacramento City College and LRGP volunteer. "Mother's Day and Father's Day are widely celebrated, however in Mexico, a day is dedicated to children. Día del Niño (Children's Day) is always filled with activities, and children look forward to a holiday all their own with fun, gifts and special events."
LRGP's "KiDDay" shares a corollary with the 1954 United Nations resolution where the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. The Assembly recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the welfare of the children of the world.
This new "KiDDay" festival is funded in part, by Phillips 66 and by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation which focuses on active engagement by community members---creating and participating in art rather than simply observing---in non-traditional locations.
The current schedule of events at the June 1 "KiDDay" are as follows:
Día del Niño June 1 at Miller Park
Entry Fee: $5.00 Ages 12 and Up
10 am -12 noon : Horses, Kids and Word:
(RSVP by May 18. (916) 446-5133 Limit: 30 Students Only)
This special workshop is in collaboration with the Sacramento Mounted Police Unit. From 10 am-12:00 noon, children will observe the horses in training, interact with the police and the horses, tour the stables and get to ride a police horse. Immediately after this experience with the horses and mounted police officers, students will return to the LRGP gallery and, with members of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol poetry group guiding them, compose a poem or narrative about their special workshop. The work will be displayed on an LRGP gallery wall for the remainder of the day.
There will be a variety of art activity centers--chalk art workshops, dance/movement health and fitness workshops, a create-a- garden workshop, and a group art collage project.
In mid-afternoon, there will be a special unveiling of a newly-created large community mural designed by Los Angeles muralist Shaun Burner and youth from Sacramento's La Familia Counseling Center.
There will also be performances throughout the day by area children's dance groups : Danza Azteca, Nube de Oro (ballet folklorico) and Fiesta Latina (dances from various Latin American countries) from Davis, CA
Another special highlight will be a children's chorus under the direction of area entertainer Dinorah Curkendall singing songs from the legendary Mexican composer and performer Cri-Cri (Francisco Gabilondo Soler).
Inside the gallery, painting and drawings by nine-year old local artist, Cameron Villa, in an exhibition entitled “Cameron And His Paintbrush” will be on display. He is a third generation artist, along with his father, uncle and grandfather, the popular RCAF member Esteban Villa.
Food and craft vendors will also be on hand throughout the afternoon.
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