One of several pay-what-you-wish days throughout the year, the Mother’s Day celebration welcomes visitors to celebrate loved ones and to learn about Latino cultural traditions.
* Images from past Community Mother’s Day available on the Exploratorium Press Office Google Drive
Visitors explore an exhibit in front of the Tinkering Studio during a previous Mother’s Day Celebration. © Exploratorium.edu
SAN FRANCISCO (May 1, 2018) – The Exploratorium’s fifth annual Community Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event features bilingual performances and activities presented with local Latino organizations, alongside the museum’s 650+ exhibits that demonstrate scientific and natural phenomena. All are welcome and invited to join the festivities with their families at this pay-what-you-wish community day.
“Science belongs to all of us. Democracy should allow for freedom of thought and freedom of inquiry.” – Isabel Hawkins Ph.D., Exploratorium Astronomer and co-chair of the Exploratorium’s Latino Coordinating Committee.
Visitors to this year’s event will be able to make flores de papel with longtime Exploratorium collaborator Irma Ortiz, enjoy youth dance and music performances by Cuicacalli and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión, and be serenaded by the Bay Area’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano. Community partners will share historical and cultural information about their artistic practice; in addition to participating in traditional crafts, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about flores de papel, the culture of Mariachi music, and the history and development of Mexican folk dance. The celebration of diverse cultural perspectives emphasizes the museum’s values of lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect. Other world traditions and cultures are integrated throughout the Exploratorium’s events and research.
“The Bay Area is an incredibly diverse and rich cultural environment,” says Isabel Hawkins. “At the Exploratorium we’ve been thinking deeply for years about how to engage communities beyond our immediate neighborhood on the Embarcadero, and we’re incredibly proud that this will be our fifth annual Community Mother’s Day event. But Mother’s Day isn’t our only initiative; every September we partner with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to present Día de la Ingeniería/ Latino Engineering Day. And last year, we held GENIAL, the first national summit in decades focused on identifying needs and opportunities for Latinos in informal science learning environments. The message we want to send is this: ‘Science belongs to all of us.’ Hasta pronto at the Exploratorium.”
The Exploratorium offers several Community Days throughout the year. Community events are pay-what-you-wish and museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upcoming dates in 2018 are Friday, July 13, 5-9pm, Saturday, September 22, 10-5pm, and Sunday, October 21, 10-5pm. The Exploratorium is dedicated to expanding access to all by providing free and low-cost admission opportunities throughout the year.
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S PARTNERS
Irma Ortiz has been making flores de papel and candy skulls at the Exploratorium since 2008. She believes art is a very important part of her culture, and loves sharing traditional art that she learned from her grandmother.
Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza builds communities through dance, expanding, exploring, and celebrating the dance traditions of Mexico and beyond, including folkloric, hip hop, and modern dance styles. Classes are led and directed by Cuicacalli founder Jesus Cortes.
Mariachi Juvenil La Misión teaches students to make beautiful music mariachi style through a combination of individual coaching, small ensemble, and full class learning circles. Students explore various music forms, such as rancheras, boleros, son jalisciense, huapangos, and modern. Students also hone their skills in voice and mariachi instruments including guitar, trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. Connect to the music, history and culture of Mexico through the art form that brings all generations together.
Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano began their journey as the first all female Mariachi in the San Francisco, Bay Area (Northern California) in 2007. The group is comprised of ten women from diverse backgrounds that have been influenced by various Mariachi artists as well as by their own family roots in Mariachi and individual interests. Their strong bond comes from their experience in the Mariachi circuit and their strong focus on education; members range from attending high school, to having a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano has performed at many private parties and local community events. Through their passion and love for Mariachi music, the ladies strive on leaving an indelible mark as part of their history. Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano is honored to be the first all female Mariachi group in the San Francisco, Bay Area (Northern California) to lead by example and represent the Mexican Culture, the Mariachi tradition and Women in the Arts.
CALENDAR EDITORS TAKE NOTE:
Community Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Cordialmente extendemos una invitación a todas las Madres y, en especial, a las Mamás latinas, a que pasen su Día lleno de diversión en el Exploratorium de San Francisco con toda su familia. Para honrar este día tan especial, les ofrecemos a las Mamás una programación bilingüe. Disfruten de danzas folklóricas y un fabuloso concierto de mariachis con serenatas para las Mamás, y hagan flores de papel para obsequiarles.
Happy Mother's Day! All mothers—and especially Mamás latinas—and their families are invited to a day of fun at the Exploratorium.
To honor this special day, we offer bilingual programming for moms. Enjoy fabulous performances of folklórico dances and a mariachi concert serenading mothers, and make paper flowers as gifts.