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 Tuesday, March 9, 2010 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Miramontes Festival celebrates women in the arts
by Lauren Archuletta, Pre-Journalism

Yesterday, March 8, marks the opening of CU-Boulder's Fourth Annual Miramontes Music and Arts Festival. The festival is held in honor of Ofelia Miramontes, former associate vice chancellor of diversity and equity, who passed away in June of 2005.

Miramontes came to CU-Boulder as a staff member in 1985. She was an advocate for diversity both on and off campus, and contributed to the 1999 “Blueprint for Action” campus diversity plan. She and her husband, Bill Barclay, also established the CU-LEAD Opportunity Scholarship Program, honoring CU students who demonstrate leadership, excellence, achievement, and diversity alliance.

The Miramontes Festival, presented by Program Council, pays tribute to Miramontes by celebrating women who have made a contribution in the arts.

“Ofelia Miramontes was passionate about supporting women in visual and performing arts,” said Megan Advisio Jones, graduate assistant for cultural programs and the leading student coordinator for this year's festival. “She really promoted diversity and we think she'd probably be very proud.”

In the past, well-known artists such as India.Arie and Paper Bird have performed at the Miramontes Festival. This year will feature national slam poet champion, Isis in a poetry workshop on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in UMC 457, and DJ Rekha, a female musician, activist and producer will perform tonight, Tuesday in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at 8 p.m. Rekha is known for producing bhangra, dance music popular in South Asia.

“Talk about diversity, I think her performance is definitely going to introduce a whole new genre – bhangra music – to CU,” said Katarina McClellan, member of the Cultural Events Board. “I'm looking forward to learning about it and I think others will enjoy it, too.”

The Miramontes Festival runs through March 12. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the festival website and the CU-Boulder Events Calendar.

 

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