Creating Community Through Art at the Union City Library

Saturday, March 5, 2011, was an exciting day at the Union City Library. From 1 – 3 p.m. local artists Marion Coleman and Marjorie DeQuincy led a workshop on altered books. Inspired by the recycling theme of Art IS Education, the participants learned how to create art from recycled books by using a variety of collage materials to give a new life to an old book.

Art IS Education is an annual showcase of youth arts learning in Alameda County. It is celebrated every year during the month of March during national arts education month. Art IS Education is an opportunity for students to share with their community what they are learning in and through the arts.”

The Ollin Anahuac Aztec Dance Group provided an excellent example of connecting community, culture and creativity– in their performances, every dance is a prayer. “This is the way [the Aztecs] used to pray,” said Maricela Reynoso, leader of the Decoto-based group. “Every dance has a meaning.” The group meets each Tuesday at James Logan High School to practice and connect with their cultural roots.

The performance was exciting and lively, with dramatic drumming and amazing costumes. A full audience of enthralled Library visitors paid rapt attention to the moving performance.

Check out the article in the Union City Patch, complete with photos and a video of the dancers. Thanks go to Zoneil Maharaj, editor, for the great coverage!

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