Regalo Cultural festival will help close OUR AMERICA exhibition on October 2


October 28, 2016


                  Festival will celebrate Hispanic culture and help close Our America exhibition

Allentown, PA—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley will participate in the first Regalo Cultural (meaning “gift culture”), a one-day festival of arts and cultures that will bring together four of the approximately nineteen Latino communities in Allentown and Lehigh County—Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Columbian—to celebrate and honor the diversity of Latino histories, traditions, and innovations through music, dance, visual and performing arts, food, and friendship. The event will be held on Sunday, October 2, from noon till 7 p.m. Live music will be featured outside in a bandshell in Arts Park, across from the Museum, and inside the Museum too along with hands-on art making and culture-based activities. The Baum School of Art will host a pop-up exhibition of works by local Latino artists. See below for a complete schedule of events.

Anchored by the Puertorrican Culture Preservation Inc., the Founding Committee of the festival also includes the Hispanic American League of Artists (HALA); El Grupo Folklórico Méxicano, XOCHIQUETZAL; internationally acclaimed Dominican artist Rigo Peralta; Jordan Heights neighborhood manager Norberto Dominguez; Louise Howard, former Equity actress and retired teacher of theatre and Spanish; community leader and activist Hilda Gonzalez; and José Yunez, a musician and organizer in Allentown’s Columbian community.

Coordinated by the Founding Committee, activities in Arts Park will include a performance stage, creative-arts workshops, food kiosks presented by local ethnic restaurants, and a visual arts gallery. Regalo Cultural will continue inside the Art Museum with more music and hands-on art activities related to the Museum's exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is on display at the Museum through October 2, the day of Regalo Cultural.

The bandshell was cosponsored by the Art Museum and Upside Allentown.




Fabricio Orihuela will perform in the Museum's Trexler Gallery during the afternoon


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