Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Borderlands Theater: 75 volunteers are needed to help with Barrio Stories


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Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:47 PM
Subject: Borderlands Exciting Update!




75 volunteers are needed to help with Barrio Stories. Tasks include set up/take down, entry point/registration table volunteers, directing audiences to performance sites, and volunteers for the arts and activities area. Shift commitments will be around 4 hours long and will vary depending on task. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts.We need your help to make this fun!! This is one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle opportunity. No experience required.

Commitment (times subject to change):


Thursday, 3/3/16 & Friday, 3/4/16: 

        * 10 am.--12:45 pm.--Performance (Call 9 a.m.)

* 12:45 pm.--1:15 pm.--Audience-Interactive Pachanga


Saturday, 3/5/16 & Sunday, 3/6/16:

        * 11 am.--1:45 pm.--Performance (Call 10 a.m.)

        * 1:45 pm.-- 2:45 pm.--Audience-Interactive Pachanga

***Volunteer Orientation (time TBA )***


Barrio Stories celebrates and preserves the heritage of Tucson's historic Mexican-American barrios. The project brought together anthropologists, historians, youth, theater makers, and the community to collect oral histories from elders who remember the area known as Barrio Libre or La Calle - a hub of commerce and community that was torn down with the building of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) in 1968.

These narratives form the basis of a new play written by a team of award-winning playwrights and produced by nationally-recognized Borderlands Theater Company. Barrio Stories is a site-specific experience that is part walking tour, part historical reenactment on the TCC grounds. Precious memories come to life as audience members take part in a theatrical tour. Four vignettes with performance installations encountered throughout the plaza culminate in an interactive post show pachanga--featuring folklorico and mariachi youth which ensembles interactive art and audio booths for all ages.

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Borderlands Theater can be reached by phone at: (520) 882-7406 OR 520-882-8607



Latino Americans Documentary Screening Series 

3 events: 3 episodes with panel discussions and open forums.

Join us for a look into The Chicano Movement, featuring Latino Americans documentary series: Prejudice and Pride and Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 6pm
Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus

discussion with amazing speaker and one of the founders of Mexican American Studies at Pima Community College, Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith

5901 S Calle Santa Cruz Community room F123

(southeast corner of campus)

Light refreshments will be served!



Borderlands Theater was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to screen 3 episodes from the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History documentary series, produced by the NEH and ALA, a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have help

ed shape the United States over the last five centuries. The Latino American screenings work in conjunction with the Barrio Stories Project in an effort to honor and preserve our history.

Borderlands Theater is partnering with Derechos Humanos and Trio Upward Bound Desert Vista Campus for three events beginning on Thursday January 21, 2016 through February 4, 2016. All events are Free and open to the public.

Episode Synopsis:
Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)

In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. Through plays, poetry and film, Luis Valdez and activist Corky Gonzalez create a new appreciation of the long history of Mexicans in the South West and the Mestizo roots of Mexican Americans. In Los Angeles, Sal Castro, a schoolteacher, leads the largest high school student walkout in American history, demanding that Chicano students be given the same educational opportunities as Anglos. In Texas, activists such as José Ángel Gutiérrez, create a new political party and change the rules of the electoral game. By the end of the 1970s Chicanos activism and identity have transformed what it means to be an American. Chicano and Latino studies are incorporated into school curriculum; Latinos are included in the political process.


Subsequent Screenings:
Thursday February 4, 2016: Foreigners in our Land
at 6pm at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.




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