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JUNE 2022

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SemillaFest

Location:
Outdoor Plaza Park
401 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ana Baer Carrillo, Professor
Head of BFA in Performance and Choreography
Department of Theatre & Dance
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Applied Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Merge Dance Company

Join us in the celebration of LatinX, Hispanic and African arts at SemillaFest!
June 24-25, 2022 at the Outdoor Plaza Park and the San Marcos Public Library. This year we have two outdoor performances, a dramatic reading, and a panel discussion.
All events are FREE.

Live performance at the City of San Marcos Outdoor Plaza Park!

June 24, 2022 at 7:30PM

  • Featuring work by: Ana Baer, Richard D. Hall and Osmani, Francisco Graciano, Rocio Luna and Natalia Reza, and Eileene Vicencio. Working with TXST Merge Dance Company and Theatre Students. With special guests Danzantes de Corazón.
     
  • Post-Show Talk on "Advancing the Performing Arts in Mexico" with Rocio Luna and Natalia Reza. 

Bring your lawn chair, bug spray, and water!!

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Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library; 7th floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Carla Ellard
The Wittliff Collections
ce10@txstate.edu
512-245-1399
Campus Sponsor:
The Wittliff Collections
This bilingual exhibition is a tribute to Marco Antonio Cruz (1957–2021), one of the great documentary photographers of Mexico. Cruz dedicated 16 years to documenting the blind and visually impaired people in Mexico in his series Habitar la oscuridad (Inhabiting Darkness). By revealing the dignity of people living without sight, Cruz’s images demonstrate his concern for humanity and serve as testimony for social transformation.  Click here for more information
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SemillaFest

Location:
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins Street
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ana Baer Carrillo, Professor
Head of BFA in Performance and Choreography
Department of Theatre & Dance
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Applied Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Merge Dance Company
Interdisciplinary festival celebrating the LatinX, Hispanic and African diasporas

FREE events at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street. 

  • Reading of the play Óyeme la Beautiful by Miriam Gonzales @ 4:00PM

    This year’s SemillaFest Festival will focus on migration and the performing arts. It will feature a reading of the play Óyeme, the beautiful by award-winning playwright Miriam Gonzales. Gonzales is the co-developer of Imagination Stage’s ¡Óyeme! Project, which is a theatre arts program for Central American refugee youth. About Óyeme, the beautiful: “Laura and Valentina are just trying to make it through another day in middle school. However, unlike many of their peers, they are refugees from Central America who have fled brutal violence in their home countries to find shelter and pursue their dreams in the United States. Step inside their shoes, hear their stories, see their struggle and feel their strength as we move through their day. Óyeme, the beautiful brings to light the undaunted courage and beautiful spirit that fuels these young people and teaches us the power of friendship, family and hope.” (Dramatic Publishing)
     
  • Panel Discussion on Art and Migration @ 5:00PM

    The San Marcos Public Library will also host a panel discussion about the performing arts and migration. Moderated by Lecturer of Theatre Dr. Kevin Byrne, artists and scholars will engage in a conversation that addresses the unique opportunities and challenges that performance offers for the representation of migrants’ stories. Panelists include Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ana Martínez whose current research focuses on Latinx and Latin American Performance, Migration, and Environmentalisms. Alicia Laguna and Jorge A. Vargas, co-directors of Mexico’s renowned experimental theatre company, Teatro Línea de Sombra, and award-winning playwright Miriam Gonzales.
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SemillaFest

Location:
Outdoor Plaza Park
401 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ana Baer Carrillo, Professor
Head of BFA in Performance and Choreography
Department of Theatre & Dance
512.245.2147
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Applied Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Merge Dance Company

Join us in the celebration of LatinX, Hispanic and African arts at SemillaFest!
June 24-25, 2022 at the Outdoor Plaza Park and the San Marcos Public Library. This year we have two outdoor performances, a dramatic reading, and a panel discussion.
All events are FREE.

Live performance at the City of San Marcos Outdoor Plaza Park!

June 25, 2022 at 7:30PM

Featuring work by: Ana Baer, Richard D. Hall and Osmani, Francisco Graciano, Rocio Luna and Natalia Reza, and Eileene Vicencio. Working with TXST Merge Dance Company and Theatre Students. With special guests Danzantes de Corazón.

Bring your lawn chair, bug spray, and water!!

more about event
Location:
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library; 7th floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Carla Ellard
The Wittliff Collections
ce10@txstate.edu
512-245-1399
Campus Sponsor:
The Wittliff Collections
This bilingual exhibition is a tribute to Marco Antonio Cruz (1957–2021), one of the great documentary photographers of Mexico. Cruz dedicated 16 years to documenting the blind and visually impaired people in Mexico in his series Habitar la oscuridad (Inhabiting Darkness). By revealing the dignity of people living without sight, Cruz’s images demonstrate his concern for humanity and serve as testimony for social transformation.  Click here for more information
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AUGUST 2022

Location:
Comal 116
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper, Assistant Director of the Common Experience, commonexperience@txstate.edu.
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience

In one's time at University, change is everywhere. Semesters change; friends change; majors change; roommates change; living spaces change; courses change; grades change; jobs change; thoughts change; You change. How is Texas State a place that loves You into the best You? What here is focused on Your Becoming? And how can You jump in the Flow such that You are Open to all the possibilities? From Brandon's experience as student, faculty, and Transcend Advisor, he will share experiences and wisdom related to this topic.


Bio: 
Dr. Brandon Jonna Beck (he/they/thon), lifelong San Martian, recipient of Texas State masters and doctoral degrees in fields of education, literature and creative writing, former Texas State faculty in Curriculum and Instruction, and founding advisor of the Transcend Student Organization, currently serves the St Mark's Episcopal Preschool Board and works as Sexton at St. Mark's, reads tarot in exchange for ginger soda, writes and performs poetry, kayaks and swims the San Marcos River, occasionally appears on KZSM.org's Bookmarked, and serves the community in his vocation as a Monk - especially as an educator and doula of transformation at the intersections of mental health, recovery, gender, sexuality, and spirituality/faith/religion.

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