Latino Arts Festival set to celebrate culture in Lancaster

Cat Ardes
Arts & Culture Editor

If there are two things that Lancaster could be known for it might as well be the unique and talented art community within the city and the lively Latino community that lives within much of downtown. When the two of these communities come together, art and the people of the Latino community can celebrate their culture but open this celebration to the diverse city that Lancaster is. The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster will host the 2014 Latino Arts Festival beginning Thursday, March 6 and ending Saturday, March 8.

First Thursday Latino will open the Latino Arts Festival featuring the art of Carmen Teresa Gonzalez Jaiman from 6 p.m. to 9p.m for free. Jaiman has showcased her work in various countries of Central America and the Caribbean and held exhibits in several events throughout the United States. With the theme for her art being “Entre lo fisico y lo eterno, From the physical into the eternal,” Jaiman is a Puerto Rican artist residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has completed her studies at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture- School of Fine Arts in Painting. Jaiman also attended the School of Design at alto de Chavon, Dominican Republic, and at the College of Education at the University of Puerto Rico- Cayey Campus.

"La Camioneta" will be a film screened on Saturday that tells the story of US school buses that are used in Guatemala.
“La Camioneta” will be a film screened on Saturday that tells the story of US school buses that are used in Guatemala.

The Latino Arts festival continues Friday, March 7 with music by Hector Rosado and Celeste M. Polanco at 7:30 p.m. Samba, Bossa Nova and much more will be showcased by the band that features world renowned percussionist Hector Rosado. Rosado has performed on the Tonight Show, played with legends Celia Cruz and Tito Puente and toured with the Talking Head’s David Byrne. Celeste M. Polanco is a Philadelphia based vocalist who will be performing with ore artists throughout the evening. General tickets cost $15 for all attendees.

International Education Week

The final day of the Latino Arts Festival will begin at 2 p.m. with a film called “La Camioneta.” This film shows the journey of old school buses from the United States making their way to Guatemala and the use that they have there. Each day dozens of school buses leave for a southern trip to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted and resurrected as beautifully decorated camionetas that bring the vast majority or Guatemalans to work each day. Nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for refusing or unable to pay extortion money demanded by local gangs since 2006. “La Camioneta” one particular bus on its transformation, a journey that shows the differences between North and South, chances between life and death, and showing the experience between an unfolding collection of places, people, and moments that reminds audiences of the interconnected world we live in. This event cost $7 for the general public and $5 for Seniors and Students.

Café Con Pan will be performing Saturday night for attendees to dance merengue and many other dances.
Café Con Pan will be performing Saturday night for attendees to dance merengue and many other dances.

To end the Latino Arts Festival on Saturday at 7:30 p.m, music and dance will be celebrated during Salsa Bajo Las Estrellas. An evening of dance with Café Con Pan, a collective group of musicians with their musical roots stemming from the United States, The Caribbean Islands and Africa. Café Con Pan is composed of some of the most talented musicians from the Philadelphia Metropolitan and surrounding areas playing Latin Jazz, Salsa and Merengue. This event costs $15 for the general public.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events separately or the option of buying an All Festival Weekend Pass for $25. For tickets, call 717-872-3811, order online at or purchase tickets in person at the Ware Center front desk or at the Ticket Office in the SMC building on campus.