tertulia: Art + Conversation occurs throughout the season with a goal to bring artists and audiences closer together, in an intimate setting. The series celebrates the multi-disciplinary Latino talent of our region, featuring emerging and established artists and creating conversation around their unique talents. Each event is different, tailored to the specific artist.
tertulia is free. Space is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Wine and beer for sale.
February 12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Orchestra/Mariachi Director, Forest Grove School District
Sponsored by Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace
Lesslie will be talking about her experience pursuing Music Education as a Woman of Color and creating space for students to enjoy the best of two worlds! The evening will culminate with a performance of her high school advanced mariachi, Mariachi Tradición, as they prepare to attend the Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
Lesslie started playing the violin at the age of 6 in the first grade. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and has studied violin with Fritz Gearhart at the University of Oregon. She played with the University of Oregon Symphony, with the tango band Combustion Chamber Orchestra from Eugene, Mariachi Centella from Medford, Oregon, Mariachi Mexico en la Piel, Mariachi Corona Continental, and mariachis from the Portland area. She currently teaches string orchestra and mariachi at three schools in the Forest Grove School District, teaching grades 5-12.
March 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Rosa and Sherman Floyd
Sherman and Rosa will talk about their journey as son jarocho perfomers.
May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Camila Araya and Daniela del Mar, Letra Chueca Press
Hailing from Chile, Camila and Daniela will talk about their shared vision to operate a sustainable, multicultural space dedicated to the craft of printing, with a life demonstration of their craft.
The term tertulia is used for groups of people who meet informally on a regular basis to chat about current affairs, the arts etc, and is also used to refer to the gathering itself. In early 20th Century Spain, tertulias literarias were much in vogue, and critics and writers would meet to discuss the literary issues of the day in places such as the famous Café Gijón. (source: Collins Dictionary)