Belonging and Growing Up as part of the Latinx community

Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia write and illustrate bi-lingual Children's books. MAS has invited them to present, "Belonging and Growing Up as part of the Latinx community," as part of our Latinx Heritage month events. 

Xelena González practices the healing arts through writing and movement.  She is a storyteller, dancer, and visiting author who centers self-love in her multi-disciplinary workshops for all ages. Her picture books include the award-winning ALL AROUND US and upcoming titles WHERE WONDER GROWS (Lee & Low, 2022) and REMEMBERING (Simon & Schuster, 2023). Her writing for adults includes poetry, essays, fiction, and screenwriting. LOTERIA REMEDIOS is her independent publication featuring icons from her Mestiza culture and offering reflections, divinations, plant and animal medicine, and other tools for self-healing. A former librarian and enrolled member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, Xelena has become a sought-after speaker on topics such as radical self-love, creative early literacy strategies, inhabiting stories through music and movement, and reclaiming indigenous identity in Latinx communities. 

Adriana M Garcia, is a home-grown San Antonio visual artist, muralist, and illustrator. Her debut picture book ALL AROUND US (by Xelena Gonzalez, Cinco Puntos Press) was awarded the prestigious 2018 Pura Belpré Honor for illustration among other honors. Her second book "Where Wonder Grows" by the same author and press is set to come out January  2021.
One of Garcia's favorite mural creations "Changing the World" is installed at Northwest Vista College (Fall 2019) and centers around access to education. The mural project "De Todos Caminos Somos Todos Uno" completed for the San Antonio River Authority was recognized in the 2019 Public Art Network Year in Review.
Adriana has exhibited her artwork both locally and nationally and has been invited to present at conferences, schools, and museums such as the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) and the McNay Art Museum. She has enjoyed working as an arts administrator and an art/design instructor for both youth and adult learners.
She is a big fan of portraits and loves depicting strong women as a way to honor those who have come before and those who continue to lead by example.

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Thursday, September 16 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Open to the Public, Parents


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Latinx Heritage Month, New Families, Current Families



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