Vejigante Mask Workshop by Puerto Rican Artisan Kenneth Melendez
August 3, 2019 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Cost $35.
Register at https://www.paypal.me/lccfriends/35
Registration deadline is Thursday, August 1, 2019
This workshop will consist of a short history of the Vejigante, followed by a mask building class. Masks will be made out of foam and spray paint. All materials are included with the registration fee.
A Vejigante is a folkloric character in Puerto Rican festival celebrations (mainly seen in Carnival time). Traditional colors of the Vejigantes were green, yellow, and red or red and black. Today, Vejigantes wear brightly colored, ornate masks corresponding to the colors of their costumes that detail bat-like wings.
The term vejigante derives from the words vejiga (bladder) and gigante (giant) due to the custom of blowing up and painting cow bladders. The masks are often linked to festivals that continue today, especially in Loiza and Ponce.
Presented in partnership with the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs, Latino Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican Association of Dallas-Fort Worth (APRDFW)
For questions or concerns, please contact
Jessica Trevizo at 214-670-7952 or [email protected] Or Nelson Cruhigger at 214-259-6171 or [email protected]