The sixth annual ¡Fiesta! festival took place on October 5, 2013. Celebrating Hispanic and Latin American cultures, the event was hosted by the Museum's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative and Education Department. Visitors participated in many activities throughout the Museum's galleries and enjoyed performances from the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Flor de Toloache—New York City's first all-female mariachi group—and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Members of the flamenco troupe led an interactive flamenco workshop, teaching visitors how to sing, clap, and dance, and Bobby Gonzalez, an acclaimed storyteller, told stories steeped in Taíno culture.
Visitors also participated in a number of other art-making activities and workshops. In conjunction with the exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800, artist Ruben Marroquin, from the organization Weaving Hand, led demonstrations in weaving on a loom and conducted workshops. Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 inspired visitors to create momentary sculptures using everyday objects and capture the sculptures with a photograph. Through touch, sight, and conversation, visitors were invited to explore the wall hangings of ancient Peru presented in Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru. A drawing workshop inspired by art from Islamic Spain was led by educators from both the Hispanic Society of America and the Met. With the Museum's collection in The American Wing as inspiration, the College Group at the Met also hosted a poetry workshop and performance session with poets from the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe.
¡Fiesta! was made possible by the Great Circle Foundation, the New York Yankees Foundation, and The Goodman Memorial Foundation.
Above: Photo by Don Pollard