Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to showcase art forms in Latin-American tradition in the Artsgarden

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 17, 2003 æ The Arts Council of Indianapolis will host the first “Latin Festival of the Arts at the Artsgarden” beginning September 15 and continuing through September 26, 2003, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration of Latin-American art and artists will feature free performances and an exhibition at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located above the intersections of Washington and Illinois streets.

“The festival includes both traditional and contemporary artists to bring to light the Latin-American influence in a variety of art forms,” said Ramona Baker, executive director of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “We are excited about this new opportunity to enhance the community through sharing the richness of the Latin-American culture.”

Artsgarden performances will be centered on specific themes. The first experience, titled “Salsa Mondays,” will showcase explosive jazz in hot Latin rhythms. Featured artists will include Indianapolis’ newest true Latin jazz band æ the Monsalve-Perez Latin Jazz Project æ and the popular Urbanos Music.

“Traditional Tuesdays” will feature traditional symbols of ethnic differences within the Latin culture through costumes, music, and dance. Featured artists will include Paula and Roberto Monsalve performing the romantic bolero music of Chile, and Ipanema, an authentic Brazilian jazz and bosonova band.

On “Latin Jazz Days” local Afro-Cuban contemporary jazz artists will take the stage. Featured performers will be Billy Wooten and the Vida Bole Ensemble, and Larry Calland and Conga Jazz.

In addition, a visual arts exhibition featuring the works of famed Mexican photographer Rosendo Salgado Flores and 2001-2002 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow Orlando Pelaez will be on display September 15 through 29 in the Artsgarden.

All events are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information on “Latin Festival of the Arts at the Artsgarden,” call (317) 631-3301, or visit us on-line at