WENATCHEE — Aug. 3 marked the beginning of an exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center highlighting Japanese artist Shinzaburo Takeda, who has lived in Mexico for almost 50 years, and 12 of his students.
The exhibit kickoff night featured music by Los Flacos, a Mexican band that combines different sounds from all around Mexico. Over 100 people attended and danced the night away after the event, said Bill Rietveldt, events coordinator at the museum.
“It was a wonderful event. Everyone had a good time,” Rietveldt said.
The event was the first of three big fundraisers for Fiestas Mexicanas’ scholarship fund.
The nonprofit works to appreciate Mexican culture and create opportunities for the Latino community.
Next up for the group will be the big annual Fiestas Mexicanas celebration on Sept. 14 and 15 at Lincoln Park in Wenatchee.
The event is a party in the park, complete with music and food. Eight universities will provide promotional materials, along with 25 non-profits. Martha Zaldivar, vice president of Fiestas Mexicanas, said she expects between 8,000 and 10,000 people to come.
“The idea is to bring diversity,” Zaldivar said.