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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Sala Literaria in Bellas Artes

By Susan Page

Collaboration between Bellas Artes (Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez, “El Nigromante”) and the San Miguel Literary Sala has resulted in extraordinary new literary programs for the San Miguel community. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at noon on Sunday at the Sala Literaria on the ground floor of Bellas Artes.

Literary Sala
Sun, Nov 15, 12-2pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
and Open House
Bellas Artes

The director of the new Sala Literaria, Armida Zepeda, has already begun to create literary projects for San Miguel youth and children in both Spanish and English. She plans poetry readings, ongoing classes, and writing workshops for all ages, with a focus on teenagers from local high schools. For example, 22 adults are receiving a diploma for creative writing in a six-month academic course from INBA, and Carmen Rioja conducted a bilingual reading circle that promoted reading and cultural integration.

The programs in the room will emphasize the teaching of writing skills, encouraging and mentoring youth to enjoy writing of all kinds, from journals and personal writing to poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and novels.

Bellas Artes provided the beautiful room to the Literary Sala with the understanding that the Literary Sala would decorate and furnish the room. It already incorporated a beautiful 1950s mural of a colorful cantina scene. We are certain that the people gathered around the table are discussing books over their drinks. Designer Marty Kimmel designed furniture, lighting, and bookshelves to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for classes, meetings, workshops, and readings. We are grateful for the attractive sofa donated by Rosi Zorrilla. The Literary Sala has provided the room with a Wi Fi connection, a phone, a printer, and personal guidance for new readers.

A non-circulating bilingual library of books for both adults and children is housed in the Sala Literaria. The books have been donated from several sources including Bellas Artes and a large collection from the celebrated writer and Literary Sala member, Sandra Cisneros.

The Literary Sala is excited that this beautiful, centrally located room will open up a new era in our ability to expand our literary programming to include members of both the Spanish and English speaking communities in a variety of offerings. Director Armida Zepeda is on hand to welcome visitors from 11 am to 3 pm daily.


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