A second, two-month series of courses will start in mid-August
focusing on an overview of Latino literature, in general, with
an emphasis on the works of Chicano/Mexicano writers.
Instruction will begin with the oral traditions and written work
of indigenous peoples—Olmec, Mexica-Aztecs, and Mayans—to
Chicano/Mexicano contemporary thought and writing.
A third, fall series of creative writing workshops will start
Oct. 25. The weekly classes will emphasize poetry and creative
non-fiction for Latinos who have never written a formal work,
but have dreamed of tapping into their inner poet. The classes
also are meant for intermediate writers.
A fourth series, a barrio arts program, is planned for dates yet
to be determined. Those classes will focus on the history and
socio-economic, political, religious and cultural meaning of
Chicano/Mexicano /Latino art in the Americas. The series will
cover all genres, from prehistoric Mesoamerica, the Mexican
Revolution [starting in 1910], Chicano Liberation struggles—even
the hop-hop, tagging, and graffiti of today’s inner-city
culture. Murals and other forms expressing resistance will be
The courses will be led by retired professor and college
administrator Dr. Manuel Caro.
“He, first of all, brings academia, which is where he comes
from. He brings a hands-on knowledge of our community, because
this is where he grew up,” explained Quintero. “He also brings
his experience in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. Those all tie
in together very nicely. This is a passion for him.”
The SQACC board president explained that Dr. Caro has put his
own time, effort, and expense into the project during his
retirement, preparing the series of courses for nearly a year.
To sign up for the free courses, those interested are asked to
call SQACC at 419.241.1655.
“This says there is a lot of talent in the community willing to
step up, like Dr. Caro has done. Hopefully we’ll see more people
coming forward to the center,” said Quintero.
The SQACC board president also credited executive director
María Rodríguez-Winter for stepping up the center’s
programming in recent months, including the tile art displays
from Puebla, México, on display through May 24th.
“Some of the ideas she has spun out, including a better
connection, a stronger connection to the Consular de México
out of Detroit, we’ve managed to bring some premier artistic and
lecture series,” said Quintero.