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ASU Art Museum to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a free fiesta

The Arizona State University Art Museum is celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Friday, and the free event offers much more than just a walk-through of the exhibits on display.

It’s more like a fiesta, with lots of activities for all ages, according to Nayeli Lopez, communications program coordinator for the museum.

“Our mission statement is actually to display ‘arte para todos — art for all,’ so the community comes first. We’re definitely not like your stereotypical museum,” she said. 

Meaning, the reception isn’t just a docent-led, group trek through the museum.  

“We’ll be featuring El Grito from the Consul Armando Esparza and art-making activities, workshops with artist Aileen Martinez, lotería games, face painting, salsa lessons with the ASU Salsa Club,” said Lopez.

But, there’s plenty of opportunity to wander around and experience various exhibits, such as “Crafting Resistance,” which examines, “the Western European art historical cannon and hierarchy,” according to a separate release, while attempting to diffuse tension between what’s viewed as “fine art” versus lesser “craft."

“It also makes some commentary about some of today’s most pressing issues such as climate catastrophe, representation, geo-politics and migration,” said Lopez. 

The free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. RSVP is required.

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