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The mission of Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin is to promote a better understanding of the Mexican-American culture by the teaching, study, practice, and performance of the arts. Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin shall support, but not be limited to, the following activities to achieve its mission:
(1) Establish and maintain a Ballet FolklÃ³rico;
(2) Support the formation of a Mariachi group or groups;
(3) Sponsor artistic workshops;
(4) Sponsor speakers;
(5) Sponsor Fiestas Patrias;
(6) Sponsor the annual Noche De Gala;
(7) Involve the community people in drama and other artistic roles;
(8) Sponsor Hispanic artists; and
(9) Support civic, community, business, and education collaboratives to promote the Hispanic arts.
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin goals are to:
(1) Strive for excellence with its on-going programs;
(2) Create a positive image of the Mexican-American people;
(3) Keep the culture and pride alive;
(4) Educate young as well as old to accept different cultures;
(5) Support Hispanic and other artists;
(6) Provide opportunities for individuals to develop their artist talents
Conceived on July 9, 1982, Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin (El Teatro) was formed to address several civic issues. This concerns include the general population's lack of knowledge about the Seguin Mexican American community's history and cultural traditions; the lack of local agencies through which Mexican American leadership potential could be identified, encouraged, and developed; and the lack of Mexican American participation in the general community's sociocultural activities.
To address these concerns, El Teatro established two major goals: (1) to promote a better understanding of the Mexican American people and their culture, and (2) to provide the Mexican American people of Seguin, Guadalupe County, and the surrounding rural communities a responsible as well as creative outlet to contribute to the social life of the area.
Teatro offers many programs to the community. Some the programs we offer are Ballet Folklorico De La Rosa, Conjunto Juan Seguin, Noche De Gala Mariachi Singers Competition, Annual Recital, Hispanic Educators Merienda, La Mesa Latina (Dinner & Show), Viva Seguin Conjunto Festival, etc... To name a few.
Teatro was founded as a 501 (C)(3), tax exempt, non-profit corporation. As the history documents, Teatro has become a highly visible, active, and respected Mexican American community-based organization. As it completes its 24th year, Teatro continues to fulfill its primary purpose---to promote a better understanding of the Mexican American people and their culture
- Yvonne De La Rosa
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