Could an arts center be coming to Seaside?
Seaside could get a multicultural arts center, if a new organization hosting a free festival in Laguna Grande Park this weekend can realize its dream.
Palenke Arts aims to foster a vibrant and inclusive community through music, dance, spoken word, digital arts and other forms of expression. While the dream of an arts center is a long way off, a free weekend festival is the first start toward building consensus and community support.
â€œOne thing thatâ€™s clear to me is that our youth need as many sources of inspiration as possible,â€ says Juan L. SÃ¡nchez, a musician, teacher and community organizer. He's interviewed dozens of stakeholders in the community, including city and school officials, and students at Seaside High School. The project now involves a core team of artists, musicians, educators and advocates from CSU Monterey Bay (BCM), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey Peninsula and Pacific Grove unified school districts and Seaside High.
Thatâ€™s one of the goals of the first Palenke Arts Festival.
â€œThe idea for the festival is to kick off the organization, to share the vision with other folks and people who might want to assist us, perhaps get donations, but more important to see if thereâ€™s a consensus that this is really an important idea,â€ he said.
The Monterey Jazz Festival helped arrange a free performance by the award-winning Mariachi Nueva Generacion from Texas State University, as well as the universityâ€™s Latin jazz ensemble, Salsa del Rio. The jazz festivalâ€™s High School All-Star Band and Seaside Middle School Jazz Band will also perform, and there will be salsa dance classes and childrenâ€™s activities.
See the Palenke Arts Festival website for details. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald