Nov. 29, 2022-- Today, district students ventured to Ocean County College’s Grunin Center for the Arts for an enriching cultural experience. Club directors Daniela Benitez, Betty Velez-Gimbel, and Jennifer Fernandez (right) led 21 members of Intermediate South’s Hispanic Heritage Club to the Center. There, they joined Intermediate North's sixth- and seventh-grade Spanish and ESL classes taught by Alecia Olszewski, Nicole Sanzaro, and Damarisinai Carrion-Flores, Student Ambassadors led by Kristin Renkin, and the Multicultural Club run by Jennifer Bolcato to see Mexico Beyond Mariachi.
A multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers, and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance, Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City. The group’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to their shows. And every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, and—today—the Grunin Center.
These programs are funded in part by the Ocean County Board of Commissioners and a grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts administered by The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Students, as well as their staff chaperones, greatly enjoyed the performance. Additional photos below.