Latino Arts

Instead of sitting home in front of the TV watching a spicy Latin dance on one of the latest dance shows, you could be learning how to do the salsa yourself at the Latino Arts Festival.

“This is our first time,” said Leo Calderon, Director of the Office of Latino Student Affairs. “We hope to make this an annual event.”

The Latino Arts Festival will be held Sept. 30 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Loch Norse. Calderon said, “It’s the first event at Loch Norse, so that’s exciting.”

Junior finance major Clara Manzano, a student on the event committee, said she wants the Latino Arts Festival “to bring Latino culture to the university.”

The festival was organized for “both the NKU community and the community at large to showcase Latino artistic performances, so people can see them and get to know them,” said Carmen Kirchgassner, the Latino Student Affairs secretary.

Calderon said the festival was for “not even just adults, but families as well.”

The event will feature dance and musical performances, as well as salsa lessons. There will also be an art class and a theater presentation specifically for children. The children’s theater presentation, by the author Victor Valez, is based on his book, “If I Were A Tree,” and will start at 5 p.m. on the plaza level of Stauss Theatre (formerly The Black Box Theatre).