American Latino Magazine The Business of El Mariachi | Page 22
by Ken Sherwood, Oxnard College Dean of Liberal Studies
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Oxnard College is expanding its
commitment to being a center for
community and culture by creating
the Oxnard College Institute for
Latino performing Arts. Capitalizing
on its beautiful grounds and facilities
(Oxnard College is already home
to the Strawberry Festival, Ballet
Folklórico Mestizo, Tardeada, the
Cinco De Mayo Festival) the college
plans to showcase its state-of-theart Performing Arts Center.
The brainchild of Oxnard College
President, Dr. Richard Duran, the
Institute plans to bring together
multiple forms of performing arts
that represent the culture and
tradition of the Oxnard Community. Plans for the Institute include
developing a Mariachi Studies
program as part of the Music Department, reestablishing Theater
Arts, a permanent home for the Ballet Folklórico, and integration with
the College’s TV/Film program. In
order to bring this vision to life, the
College has hired Hollywood writer/
producer/performer, Rick Najera.
Asked about his role as the new
Creative Director of the Institute,
Rick said, “I’m honored to mentor
and teach performing arts with an
emphasis in culture and inclusion.
This is a chance to pass on what I
have learned to a new generation.
Oxnard has great potential to be a
national training ground for performers and artists. I’m merely the start .
I look forward to bringing arts to this
community that reflects Oxnard.”
The Institute will also feature a lecture/interview series that will bring
prominent Latino artists to Oxnard
College to discuss the influence of
Latino culture on Arts and Entertainment. The “Latino Thought Makers”
series will give Oxnard residents the
opportunity to meet some of Hollywood’s most talented artists in their
Oxnard College is excited to bring
famous celebrities and great entertainment to the Oxnard Community.
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