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Saturday, March 04, 2006
An Evening of Culture at the BHC
Brownsville-The Brownsville Heritage Complex, located in historic downtown Brownsville, was recently awarded a grant from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce/Rio Grande Valley Arts Council in support ofWomen's History Month programming.
Through the grant support, the Brownsville Heritage Complex is proud to present An Evening of Culture: History, Herstory and Heritage, scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2006 from 6:00 to 9:00. The event is scheduled in honor of National Women's History Month. The event is free and open to the public.
An Evening of Culture is a historical, cultural, educational art exhibition and programs that feature the history and stories ofwomen in Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley, and Texas in an evening of art, music, dance and food. The event will open with a dance performance by Brazos Rio Grande School of Dance, a dance group that is comprised of young women who are known for interpreting original dances based on the folk stories and legends of the region. The dances will focus on women's topics. One example of a dance they perform is La Llorona.
An Evening of Culture continues with a musical presentation by Joe and Rosa Perez of Rumbo al'Anacua who will be performing 'Cultura con Cancion" songs of the ranches and of the Rio Grande Valley. Many of their songs will focus on the experiences ofwomen.
A component food installation called 'WomenofTaste" will feature a variety of traditional and favorite dishes of Brownsville women. Along with their favorite dishes, interpretive material about the women who cooked the food will be featured. This presentation of the food will be a unique way of telling the Brownsville woman's history.
The feature exhibition for the month is 'Revelations of Lylith and Eve," a collection of visual art by ten women artists living in the Rio Grande Valley. Each art piece tells a story of the woman who created it. The exhibition challenges the viewer by dispelling common notions about art produced by women while describing the artists' thoughts, experiences, and observations. The exhibition is curated by local artist and Brownsville Heritage Complex Public Program Coordinator, Aleida Garcia Wedgworth.
The Brownsville Heritage Complex also provides a permanent exhibition about Brownsville women throughout the year.
Through this event, the Brownsville Heritage Complex hopes to introduce and promote an appreciation for the contributions of local women artists and community women. The event will also provide an opportunity for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to travel to and experience historic downtown Brownsville.
Additional support for the event is provided through the Brownsville Society for Performing Arts.
The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located in historic downtown Brownsville at 1325 E. Washington St. The Brownsville Heritage Complex includes The Stillman House Museum, The Brownsville Heritage Museum, The Aiken Education Center, and the Heritage Resource Center.
For more information please call 956-541-5560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brownsvillehistory.org
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