The Americas Latino Eco Festival is the nation’s premier, public meet up of Latino American environmental minds and a multicultural gathering place for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders and community from across the Americas to discuss novel solutions to advance a healthy environment, locally and globally, through arts advocacy, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations.This exciting festival with over 500 presenters and participants, and an audience of over 5,000 has something for everyone! 

The three-day event will include an environmental film series, leadership artivism trainings, an eco book fair with authors’ presentations, a green exhibitors hall, a Colorado River summit, an international eco drawing arts Expo, a BioBlitz in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service that will engage more than 400 fourth graders in an interactive biological survey of local surroundings, and a whole day devoted to family-friendly events including performances, workshops, eco shorts planetarium shows, a mariachis showcase and much more.

ALEF2017: People & Waters First: Ripples of Hope

The five thematic pillars of this year’s ALEF include: People and Waters, Restoration and Public Lands, Clean Air and Climate Hope, Food Safety and Sovereignty, and Honoring Our Water Protectors

Region of Honor: Colorado River 

Country of Honor: Cuba

ALEF is an initiative of Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is co-presented with GreenLatinos in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, and Benitez Strategies.

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Saturday, September 16 • 2:15pm - 5:15pm
Part Five: Workshop: Raising Our Voices Through Strategic Communication and Artivism

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During these uncertain times, it is critical for organizations to work together to address policy changes by influencing the right target audiences to action. This requires a strong grasp of strategic communications and understanding of how storytelling and artivism can support making your organizational objectives a reality. This presentation and afternoon workshop is designed as a communication capacity-building training and will offer a dynamic exploration of the fundamentals of strategic communications. It will explore the importance of outlining quantifiable objectives, identifying key decision makers and target audiences, building effective message frameworks and executing creative tactics such as storytelling, art activism, and social media as part of your broader communication efforts. The training will include video presentations and facilitation. But also be ready to work in small groups and share your findings in large group discussions

Special Campaign Showcase Interlude:
Viviendo Verde: Advocating for our Madre Tierra from our own home to Washington D.C. wi/ Felipe Benitez, Benitez Strategies
A ten minute session showcasing on;ine tools and resources developed by LULAC and EDF Latinx for Latinx groups to educate, engage, empower, and activate individuals and communities around policy campaigns related to caring for and protecting our Madre Tierra. Presenters will emphasize the ongoing efforts to prevent cuts to the FY2018 EPA budget 

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Midy Aponte

Vice President, Spitfire Strategies
Based in Denver, CO, Midy’s portfolio at Spitfire addresses domestic public education reform, equity and multiculturalism in the U.S., and advocacy for Internet freedom through civil society organizations in Latin America and Africa with clients such as The New Teacher Center, The... Read More →


Saturday September 16, 2017 2:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Morgridge Family Exploration Center