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Councilor Grout and Albuquerque Department of Youth and Family Services' Multicultural Arts Festival 2024 a Huge Success

This colorful weekend celebration featured over 40 artisans displaying and selling wares, international music, dance performances, and cultural foods.
May 11, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – This past Saturday, (May 11) Albuquerque’s East Gateway was treated to the colorful sights, sounds, and flavors of the Second Annual Singing Arrow Multicultural Arts Festival. The event, held at the Singing Arrow Community Center and Park, was sponsored by Council District 9 City Councilor Renée Grout and City of Albuquerque Youth and Family Services Department. The park and the center were chocked full of great entertainment, international food, and art from many cultures.

Councilor Grout, Natasha Baca, and Rachel Miller with the youth art contest prize winners

The cultures represented a world of variety - from the locally familiar Mariachi sounds of Orlando Marquez and company, flamenco performances by National Institute of Flamenco, the colorful Zuni Water Strider Dancers to the strength, precision, and grace of the Quan Minh Temple Lion Dancers. Dozens danced to the tropical melodies of the Hornet Steel Band, while others moved in rhythm with the exuberant performances of the Cameroonians of New Mexico. Seniors reminisced with the Tin Pan Alley songs of Michael and Judy Muldawer. This year’s Multicultural Arts Festival attendees were transported virtually across the globe, all in one Saturday afternoon.

"This is one of my favorite events," said Councilor Grout. "Any day is a good day to get outdoors and enjoy good music and friends. We have so many talented artists in our area, I love giving them a showcase for their work."

The Quan Minh Lion Dancers mesmerize onlookers at the 2024 Multicultural Arts Festival  National Institute of Flamenco 'Teenies' and 'Teeniors' entertain at the 2024 Multicultural Arts Festival

Mariachi Singer Orlando Marquez with City Councilor Renée Grout, and Council Policy Analyst Rachel Miller               Zuni Water Striders perform at the 2024 Singing Arrow Multicultural Arts Festival.

Cameroonians in New Mexico pose after performing at the 2024 Multicultural Arts Festival

“This event holds a very special place in my heart,” said Natasha Baca, manager of the Holiday Park Community Center and one of the event organizers. “It was always a goal to bring as many people and cultures together for a good time. Seeing everyone, young and old be here today to enjoy this, made the hard work worth it.”