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AMERICAS LATINO ECO FESTIVAL V
#LATINOECOFEST #HISPANICECOHERITAGE

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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Thursday, September 14
 

6:30pm

GreenLatinos Welcome Reception #ALEF2017
Our 5th ALEF welcomes our guests! Join us in this informal meet up of our presenters and our ALEF valuable partners. 



Thursday September 14, 2017 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Crowne Plaza- Lockwood restaurant

7:00pm

USFS & AFC+A WOCC Partners Meet & Greet (Invitation Only)
Our non profit Americas for Consevation and the Arts (AFC+A) houses  exciting programs under the US Forest Service Woodsy Owl Conservation Corps. Team members in our programs develop and lead green action projects with youth, schools and community members to reach diverse audiences. In this meet up and debrief of AFC+A WOCC core team partners and extended family partners we'll explore areas of collaboration and growth with existing USFS and USDA partners, and new partners and audiences. 


Thursday September 14, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crowne Plaza- Museum Conference Room
 
Friday, September 15
 

8:00am

Registration
We encourage early registration to afford you any time throughout the festival. 

Friday September 15, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
West Door Entrance

9:00am

Colorado River Summit: A Source to See Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

8:00am - 8:45am
Registration

8:50am - 9:00am
Opening Ceremonies Blessing by Eutimia Cruz Montoya, a healer, scholar, lector and artist. Performances by Franklin Cruz doing performance poetry and live art by Marissa Degolier 

9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Remarks
Jorge Figueroa 
(Senior Water Policy Analyst, Western Resources Advocates) 

Opening Speeches

Jerry Tinianow (
Chief Sustenaibility Officer, Mayors Office, City of Denver); Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd (Co-Director, OWOW/Denver Botanic Gardens); Carlos Fernández (Director The Nature Conservancy Colorado)

9:20am - 9:30am
Keynote: Maite Arce (Director, Hispanic Acces Fundation)

9:30am - 11:00am 

Opening Performance: Traditional Cocopah-MX Songs, Pedro Buitimea Chan

A Source to Sea Vision of the Colorado River, Part 1:
Tribal Sister Nations, Past and Present 
From the Upper Basin to the Delta, the Ten Tribes Partnership is forging a new and powerful story of collaboration in the management and protection of the Colorado River from source to sea. Representatives from some of the sister nations that make the Ten Tribes Partnership will share their vision of the past, present, and future of the Colorado River and its people.

Introduction: Nita Gonzalez, Nuestro Rio/Escuela Tlatelolco

Music: Pedro Buitimea Chan,Traditional Cocopah-Mexico Singer and Youth Leader
Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator at Jicarilla-Apache Nation; former chair, Ten Tribes Partnership. Panelists: Representatives of Ten Tribes Partnership

11:10am - 11:50am
River Stories: Art, Music and History 
The Colorado River has produced a rich and vast cultural heritage manifested in music, art, and history. This session will explore culture as an integral part of the living, natural history of the Colorado River.

Moderator: Jorge Figueroa.  Panelists: Alicia Hinojosa; Jaime Chavez; Federico Iglesias Serafín; Pedro Buitimea Chan 

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch & Keynote Plenary (PRIVATE)

1:10 PM – 1:50 PM
Voices of the Colorado River 
The Colorado River is important to Latinos—it is the lifeblood that weaves, connects, and sustains our food, economies, faith, and traditions. Prominent Latino leaders share their different perspectives on the importance of protecting the Colorado River. 

Moderator: Maite Arce. Panelists: Nita Gonzalez, Nuestro Rio MemberRudy Arredondo, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association; 

Pastora Helia Martinez, 

Por La Creacion Faith Based AllianceSan Luis, AZ; Olga Gonzalez, Farmworker, Yuma, AZ

 2:00pm – 2:40pm Securing Our Legacy: 

Climate Change, Water, and Resilient Communities 
Many studies indicate that the Colorado River Basin will be the ground-zero for the impacts of climate change and drought in the US. This session will cover both the significant challenges that our communities are facing from climate change, and some solutions to address these.

Moderator: Michael Cohen, Pacific Institute. Panelists: Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish Director, CU Boulder Energy & Climate Justice Environmental Center; Eric Balken, Executive Director, Glen Canyon Institute; Marina Barragan, Sierra Club California

2:50pm - 3:30pm
A Source to Sea Vision of the Colorado River, Part 2: Municipal River Sisters Initiative. 
The restoration of the Colorado River can be vital for the economic development and quality of life of Citizens of the River on both sides of the border. The River Sisters initiative aims to reconnect urban Colorado River water users to the River by celebrating and raising awareness of their hydrological, social, and economic interdependencies. 

Moderator: Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, Co-Director, OWOW/Denver Botanic Gardens. Panelists: Nancy Saldaña, Civic Leader and Urban Planner, San Luis Rio Colorado; Paul Cawood Hellmund, Instructor (Sustainability), Colorado State University

3:40pm – 5:00pm 
A Source to Sea Vision of the Colorado River, Part 3: Restoring and Protecting the Ecosystems of the Colorado River  
The ecological restoration of Colorado River’s ecosystems represents some of the most complex big river restoration projects in the world—and its Delta restoration efforts one of the most inspiring environmental stories in the past 25 years. Yet more often than not, decision-makers and Colorado River restoration advocates and practitioners don’t have a deep and holistic Source to Sea perspective towards the River. This session brings together the leading figures restoring the Colorado River from its source to its delta to share their work and perspectives for the future within the context of a Source to Sea vision of the River.  

Moderator: Jennifer Pitt, Director, Colorado River Program, National Audubon Society. Panelists: Carlos Fernandez, Colorado State Director, The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Osvel Hinojosa, Director, Water and Wetlands Program, Pronatura Noroeste; Francisco Zamora, Director, Colorado River Delta Program, Sonoran Institute; Dr. Jorge Ramirez, Autonomous University of Baja California; Meg White, The Nature Cosnervancy-Colorado. 

4:50pm-5:00pm
Closing Blessing by Water Protector Helga Garza, Albuquerque NM



Friday September 15, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:45am

Mister G, Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Children's Music

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post and “irresistible”by People Magazine. His 2017 release, Mundo Verde/Green World, is a collection of environmental-themed songs which were debuted at his concert during the National Climate Rally in Washington, DC. www.mistergsongs.com  Mundo Verde/Green World video



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Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am
DMNS- Rose Garden

10:00am

#DescubreElBosque Bioblitz

400 4th Graders Come Together For a Citizen Science and Citizen Arts Day of Learning Adventure! The #Descubre El Bosque Bio Blitz at Denver City Park in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) on September 15 is the kick-off event for the Americas Latino Eco Festival V. This year we are hosting 400 4th grade (EKiP) students from Title 1 schools. We focus on involving students from NE Denver neighborhoods which are considered the most polluted neighborhoods of the nation 




Friday September 15, 2017 10:00am - 2:10pm
DMNS- Rose Garden

12:00pm

Colorado River Summit Luncheon (By Invitation Only)
Moderator: Mark Magana (Director, GreenLatinos & ALEF CO Presenter)

Friday September 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Spratlen Lounge Above Theater

6:30pm

Ripples of Hope Fiesta & Awards: Pianist Daniela Liebman in Concert & Baracutanga in Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

Ripples of Hope Fiesta & Nuestra Familia Awards
Daniela Liebman, Piano Prodigy  Followed by Dance Party with Baracutanga, Pan American 7 Piece Band Celebrate Madre Tierra and her Advocates with a Cuban Fiesta! Now in our fifth year, this fundraiser will host activist celebrities, food, music, arts, auctions, awards, and amigos. Proceeds will Benefit the Educational Programs of Americas for Conservation + the Arts. 2017 AWARDS: Alfonso Piloto Nieves (Nuestro Cultura) Carlos Fernandez (Nuestro Hermano) Dave Archambault (Nuestro Hermano) Congressman Jared Polis (Nuestro Padrino) Wade Davis ( Nuestro Padrino) Don Agustin Pineda (Nuestro Padre) Irma Munoz (Nuestra Madre) Council Member Stacie Gilmore (Nuestra Madrina) Adriana Quintero (Nuestra Hermana)



Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Adrianna Quintero

Adrianna Quintero

Adrianna works at NRDC as their Senior Attorney, but began as a litigator with their environmental health program, where she specialized in public health issues surrounding safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution. Adrianna has appeared on numerous English and Spanish language television and radio programs nationwide and internationally. Adrianna is featured in... Read More →
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Irene Vilar

Founder, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
ALEF

Artists
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Baracutanga

Baracutanga is a seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA) that prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways, such as huayño and cumbia with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian Feste jo with Andean... Read More →



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Friday September 15, 2017 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Southeast Atrium
 
Saturday, September 16
 

9:00am

Ancestors & Artivism Blessing
Franklin Cruz  Spoken Word Artist  Helga Garza Water Protector


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Artists

Saturday September 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:10am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:00am

#GreenLatinos Learning Lab Summit in Five Parts: Priorities, Lessons, WaterIsLife, Protectors Ceremony, Raising Our Voices
GreenLatinos Learning Lab Summit in Five Parts: Priorities, Lessons from the Frontline, #WaterIsLife Homage, Protectors Ceremony, Raising our Voices through Strategic Storytelling & Artivism KEYNOTE: JUAN PARRAS: #AJustHarveyRecovery (T.E.J.A.S) DONT MISS THE VERY SPECIAL Nuestro Hermano Award Ceremony with Chairman Dave Archambault & Nuestros Dreamers, Standing Rock AND the Guardians of Life Sculptures Inauguration Ceremony of Alfonso Piloto Nieves Twelve Women Earth Protectors of the Americas 
Midy Aponte, Master of Ceremony & Afternoon Part 5 Workshop Leader Aura Vasquez, Moderator Part 2 & 3 Mark Magana, Moderator Part 1 & Part 4 Marissa Ahern Chairman Archambault Award Part 4 Felipe Benitez, Nuestros Dreamers Awards Part 4 

Moderators
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

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Saturday September 16, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:15am

GreenLatinos Learning Lab Summit KEYNOTE Juan Parras (T.E.J.A.S): #AJustHarveyRecovery
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services's (t.e.j.a.s.) leader Juan Parras and his resolve for equity, justice and community resilience is the driving force behind the T.e.j.a.s. with over 40 years of organizing and work from social services, to labor, to environmental justice Juan Parras can attest to the empowering force behind marrying issues of intersectionality in environmental work for marginalized communities.

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Saturday September 16, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:30am

Part One: GreenLatinos Core Priorities - Moving Critical Environmental and Conservation Issues Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel discussion will provide a a primer on the Core Priorities for 2017-2018 that were voted upon and selected at the GreenLatinos National Summit. Participants will hear from Co-Chairs of the GreenLatinos Working Groups that are developing the strategies to address critical environmental and conservation issues and leading the actions and advocacy on these issues to move these priorities forward. The panel will discuss the coming challenges and opportunities for action on environmental justice, civil rights and public engagement; indigenous rights and sovereignty; climate and clean air; toxics and pesticides; and clean water. 

Moderators
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →

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Saturday September 16, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:55am

Part Two: Lessons from the Frontlines: How Communities Are Protecting our Climate Through Water, Air, Public Lands, and Food
Limited Capacity seats available

10:00-10:05
Artivism Performance by Olivia Blumenthal Musician 
10:10-10:25
Lessons Keynote: Devon Pena, Director Acequia Institute 
Acequias: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Struggle for Food Sovereignty and Water Democracy
10:25-11:15
Testimonios: PUBLIC LANDS: Irma Munoz,
Mujeres de La Tierra FOOD: Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Efecto Sombrilla Puerto Rico Edgardo Gomez Pisco, Founder, VASI Vision Amazonica Para la Sostenibilidad Integral) w/ Nancy Dammann (VASI) Leticia Garcia DeCaigny AIR: Karin Quimby, Moms Clean Air Force National Field Director INDIGENOUS RIGHTS & SOVEREIGNITY: Nicole Karsin, Fillmmaker, Amazonia Lot 1-AB Trailer

Food & Farm Manifesto: Jaime Chavez, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association 

11:15-11:45
WATER: Call2Action on the Salton Sea Latino Desert communities face significant air quality and natural resources threats with the shrinking of the Salton Sea. Funding for Salton Sea restoration is critical for the well being of these communities and the invaluable eco systems of the Salton Sea. Panelists:  Norma Galindo (Imperial Irrigation District, Director) Marina Barragan (Sierra Club California) Kim Delfino (California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife) Moderator: Michael Cohen, Pacific Institute



Moderators
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers
avatar for Tara Rodriguez Besosa

Tara Rodriguez Besosa

founder/owner, El Departamento de la Comida
I work mostly with food and communities. I own El Departamento de la Comida, Puerto Rico's only restaurant committed to use only local sustainable produce from farmers we know. I visit farms on a weekly basis all over the island, I am director of a non-profit focused on connectin... Read More →


Saturday September 16, 2017 9:55am - 11:40am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

11:40am

Part Three: #WaterIsLife: Homage to Standing Rock and Our Dreamers Growing Our Shared Coalition (Special Guest: CHAIRMAN DAVE ARCHAMBAULT & Dreamers)
Limited Capacity seats available

Artivism Performance by Franklin Cruz Spoken Word Artist & Kino Aquino Movement Artist & Doug Good Feather in Song, IEN Director Tom Goldtooth leads a discussion between between Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, Community Organizer Helga Garza, and GreenLatinos founder Mark Magana on the legacy of Standing Rock and the vision of a shared coalition of water protectors across movements and diverse peoples. Both Latino leaders Mark and Helga mobilzied delegations to Standing Rock in 2016. Nuestro Hermano Award Ceremony Mark Magana & Chairman Dave Archambault Nuestros Dreamers Award Ceremony Felipe Benitez & Cinthya Cantu, Belen Sisa, Salvador Hernandez, Erika Andiola CALL-TO-ACTION Awards, Protection Ceremony, Social Action  Join us in honoring four dreamers and embracing them in celebration and protection. Performance by Light Racket 




Saturday September 16, 2017 11:40am - 12:25pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

12:30pm

Nuestro Hermano Award Ceremony: Chairman Dave Archambault, Standing Rock
Join ALEF in presenting Nuestro Hermano award to leader Chairman Dave Archambault from Standing Rock. To honor his work, the progession of the movement, the spirit of the people and the effort set forth to defend our natural resources. We are honored to have his presence and insight at the festival and will continue to support his efforts. 

Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

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Artists


Saturday September 16, 2017 12:30pm - 12:40pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

12:40pm

Nuestros Dreamers Awards: Dare to be a Dreamer Protector #DefendDACA
CALL-TO-ACTION Awards, Protection Ceremony, Social Action  
ALEF will bring together the anchoring blessings of Standing Rock in our dreamers awards cereminy in a call to action to defend DACA and build on a shared coalition between our First Nations and GreenLatino leaders. 


Saturday September 16, 2017 12:40pm - 12:50pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

1:00pm

1:45pm

Part Four: Guardians of Life Sculptures Ceremony of Alfonso Piloto Nieves Twelve Women Earth Protectors of the Americas

Prayer, Music, Poetry, Dance in Honor of the Guardians of Life & Water
Artivist Interventions Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves Visual Artist Bianca Mikahn Sound Artist Jorge Figueroa Verbal Artist Helga Garza Water Protector Rick Sargent Visual Artist Barrio E Drums & Dance 



Saturday September 16, 2017 1:45pm - 2:10pm
South Atrium

2:05pm

FALCO Artivism Exhibits Walk Tour

Join artist Alex Falco from Havana Cuba for tours of the Artivism exhibits which summons artists from all over the world to participate in this drawing contest. Falco will lead tours througout the exhibit to highlight the crucial points that each work highlights. Attend if you are interested in a more in depth conversation about the thematic values each artist brought from around the world. 


Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers


Saturday September 16, 2017 2:05pm - 2:15pm
South Atrium

2:15pm

Part Five: Workshop: Raising Our Voices Through Strategic Communication and Artivism
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 

Moderators
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →


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

5:30pm

ALEF2017 Group Picture
Moderators
Saturday September 16, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Boettcher Plaza

6:00pm

Latina Environmental Giving Circle Tapas Forum
Join this convening of women leaders committed to growing capacity for Latina environmental advocates! Tapas and a panel will kick off a dialogue on how best to grow the movement thorugh philantropy, mentorship, and civic engagement. Lsten to the wise words of our keynote Dr. Lydia Prado, national leader of cultural competence practices in academia and the health arena.

Moderators
avatar for Midy Aponte

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... Read More →
avatar for Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar

Founder, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
ALEF

Speakers
avatar for Tara Rodriguez Besosa

Tara Rodriguez Besosa

founder/owner, El Departamento de la Comida
I work mostly with food and communities. I own El Departamento de la Comida, Puerto Rico's only restaurant committed to use only local sustainable produce from farmers we know. I visit farms on a weekly basis all over the island, I am director of a non-profit focused on connectin... Read More →
avatar for Adrianna Quintero

Adrianna Quintero

Adrianna works at NRDC as their Senior Attorney, but began as a litigator with their environmental health program, where she specialized in public health issues surrounding safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution. Adrianna has appeared on numerous English and Spanish language television and radio programs nationwide and internationally. Adrianna is featured in... Read More →
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Artists


Saturday September 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Studio 106

8:00pm

Bodies of Water in Search for Justice Film Festival: From the Colorado River to our Oceans (Special Guests: WADE DAVIS )
Limited Capacity seats available

8:00pm - 8:05pm Welcome & Remarks Tariana Navas Nieves (Director Arts & Culture, City of Denver) 8:05pm - 8:15pm Maite Arce Remarks (Hispanic Acces Foundation) 8:15pm-8:40pm Rio Colorado Shorts:"Milk & Honey" | "Renewal" |  "Stand With Us" | Cocopah Song: Pedro Buitimea, Traditional Cocopah-Mexico Singer and Youth Leader 8:40pm-8:45pm 8:45-9:10pm Colorado River Film Discussion  Panelists: Wade Davis, Betsselling Author Osvel Hinojosa, Director, Water and Wetlands Program, Pronatura Noroeste Francisco Zamora, Director, Colorado River Delta Program, Sonoran Institute Moderator: Jorge Figueroa 9:10pm-9:20pm Jaime Chavez"Acequias" Presentation 9:20pm-9:30:pm Trailer Screening Presentation: Amazonia Lot 1-AB Director: Nicole Karsin 9:30pm-10:00pm Chasing Coral Short and Discussion with Lead Climate Coral Reef Scientist Dr. Luis Rocha 10:00pm-10:15pm Short Screening Short Film Special Screening: Dubicel (Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico) Director: Yashira Jordán Codirector: Igor Gopkalo Streiff Closing Bessing by Water Protector Helga Garza



Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

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Artists


Saturday September 16, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Phipps Auditorium
 
Sunday, September 17
 

9:00am

2nd Colorado Re-Wild Book Fair
Visit our thematic book fair advancing diversity and conservation in pubkishing! Fourteen tables of exciting selections representing subjects of ecology, outdoors, literature, travel, and our region of honor the Colorado River!


Sunday September 17, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
South Atrium

9:00am

Green Fair
Sunday September 17, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
South Atrium

10:30am

Healing/Sanando Our Families Ourselves: Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Adriana Pulgar
Vinyasa Yoga Flow * Vinyasa synchronizes breath with body movements.Yoga strengthens the mental, physical and spiritual health. It helps to keep a flexible body, release stress and brings relaxation to your life. Bring your yoga mat, a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes. * Consiste en sincronizar la respiración con el movimiento del cuerpo.Yoga fortalece la salud mental, física y espiritual. Ayuda a mantener un cuerpo joven y flexible, libera el estrés y trae calma a tu vida. Traer tu colchoneta de yoga, una botella de agua y usar ropa cómoda.
Adriana Pulgar (Venezuela) Artistic Creations, Reiki Practitioner

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Sunday September 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Studio 102

11:00am

Martin & Gio Tropicalismo Music

Martín Better Longo (Ecuador) & Gio Blackmon (USA) are an intergenarational blend of Tropicalismo and World Music coming to Denver from New Orleans



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Sunday September 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

11:20am

Mister G, Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Children's Music

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post and “irresistible”by People Magazine. His 2017 release, Mundo Verde/Green World, is a collection of environmental-themed songs which were debuted at his concert during the National Climate Rally in Washington, DC. www.mistergsongs.com  Mundo Verde/Green World video

 

 


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Sunday September 17, 2017 11:20am - 11:35am
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

11:40am

ALEF Animated Eco-Shorts Contest Official Selection
“Teclopolis”( Argentina CanCanClub) Director: Javier Mrad Primer Premio - First Prize Best Short-Film "Collage" (México/Ecuador) Director: Eduardo Altamirano "Abuela Grillo" (Bolivia, Dinamarca) Director: Denis Chapon "Historias Contaminadas"( Bolivia, Dinamarca) Director: Denis Chapon “Inercia" (Argentina) Director: Manuel Becho Lo Bianco y Mariano Bergara "Todos los Veranos"(Argentina) Dirección: Josefina Rossi - Delfina Grennon Viel “Planeta de Queso” (Bolivia, Alemania)  Dirección: Matisse Gonzalez Jordan
Mini Shorts Homage:"Elementos ( Argentina) Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella Short Film World Premier: Dubicel (Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico) Directora: Yashira Jordán Codirector: Igor Gopkalo Streiff Matias Paradela (Director de Arte)

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Sunday September 17, 2017 11:40am - 11:55am
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

12:00pm

Guided Tours With Artists
Join scheduled art walks to hear directly from ALEF eco artists about their work and its dialogue with mother earth.

PILOTO (Mexico)
2:00PM & 3:00PM 
Sculptures

FALCO (Cuba)
12:00PM, 1:30PM
Graphic Arts





Sunday September 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
DMNS- South Atrium

12:00pm

Therapeutic Healing Touch: Wellness for the Whole Family With Jorge Gonzalez
Therapeutic Healing Touch and Stretches for the Body Lear how to massage your family members! Learn how stretch your body to heal chronic pains Técnicas de masaje y estiramientos del cuerpo Aprende a masajear a tu familia! Estiramientos del cuerpo para sanar dolores crónicos.

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Studio 102

12:00pm

The Word May Sustain Us: Wade Davis and Homero Aridjis on Why and How Writing Matters to Environmental Justice
Few issues are more important than climate change and the justice related implications to indiginous communities and those most disproportionaly affected . Award-winning authors Wade Davis and Homero Aridjis discuss how writers can both raise awareness in readers and prepare themselves for the dual roles of author and activist. Moderated by translator Jessica Powell 


Sunday September 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:35pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

12:00pm

Eco-Artivist Challenge

Americas Latino Eco festival invites 15 artist to compete in the very first Eco-Artivist Challenge. A competitive arts showcase highlighting climate justice and our responsibility as stewards of this planet while supporting local Colorado artists. In a world with growing concerns for climate change and the crisis we find ourselves in, art is a language of unity and progress. Colorado artists are invited to support, connect, and compete in an arts showcase highlighting nature and conservation.

Art is a powerful tool to raise the volume on our planet’s current challenges and moves the needle towards a deeper understanding in the pubic. Creating space for this conversation is crucial and gives the community a space to voice concerns from a grassroots perspective. Performers can create pieces to raise awareness, celebrate nature, and draw inspiration from our natural wonders…. there is no boundary to expression. #LatinoEcoFest #GreenLatinos #Eco-Artivists  



Speakers


Sunday September 17, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

12:30pm

Guided Tours With Artists
Join scheduled art walks to hear directly from ALEF eco artists about their work and its dialogue with mother earth. PILOTO (Mexico) 2:00PM & 3:00PM Sculptures FALCO (Cuba) 
12:00PM, 1:30PM Graphic Arts MATIAS PARADELA (Argentina) 12:30PM, 2:30PM Installation
 



Sunday September 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
DMNS- South Atrium

12:35pm

Nuestro Padrino Award Ceremony: Author Wade Davis
Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 12:35pm - 12:45pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

12:45pm

Nuestro Padrino Award Ceremony: Rep. Jared Polis
Joins us as we celebrate with our 2017 Nuestro Padrino Award Congressman Jared Polis for his extraordinary environmental stewardship and advocacy for protections that safegurad the health and well being of Colorado's Latinos. The ceremony will lead into our Promotes Verdes graduation and Mr. Polis's commemcement adddress. 

Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers


Sunday September 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

12:55pm

1:00pm

Healing/Sanando Our Families Ourselves: Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Adriana Pulgar
Vinyasa Yoga Flow * Vinyasa synchronizes breath with body movements.Yoga strengthens the mental, physical and spiritual health. It helps to keep a flexible body, release stress and brings relaxation to your life. Bring your yoga mat, a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes.
 * Consiste en sincronizar la respiración con el movimiento del cuerpo.Yoga fortalece la salud mental, física y espiritual. Ayuda a mantener un cuerpo joven y flexible, libera el estrés y trae calma a tu vida. Traer tu colchoneta de yoga, una botella de agua y usar ropa cómoda. Adriana Pulgar (Venezuela)  Artistic Creations, Reiki Practitioner. 

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Studio 102

1:20pm

Mister G, Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Children's Music

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post and “irresistible”by People Magazine. His 2017 release, Mundo Verde/Green World, is a collection of environmental-themed songs which were debuted at his concert during the National Climate Rally in Washington, DC. www.mistergsongs.com  Mundo Verde/Green World video



Speakers


Sunday September 17, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

1:30pm

Guided Tours With Artists
Join scheduled art walks to hear directly from ALEF eco artists about their work and its dialogue with mother earth. PILOTO (Mexico) 2:00PM & 3:00PM Sculptures FALCO (Cuba) 
12:00PM, 1:30PM Graphic Arts MATIAS PARADELA (Argentina) 12:30PM, 2:30PM Installation
 




Sunday September 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
DMNS- South Atrium

1:30pm

1:45pm

Maria the Monarch Book Presentation & Signing: Homero Aridjis
Informs young readers about the life of monarch butterflies, their habitat, and the efforts to save them from extinction. Introduction: Sarah Garrett Butterfly Pavilion’s Lepidopterist
Illustrated by Juan PalominoTranslated by Eva Aridjis Each year, in the Mexican town of Contepec, migrating Monarch butterflies spend the winter in the temperate forests of Mexico. This children’s book is an adventure story about two courageous cousins Eréndira and Corina. With the help of their community as well as Maria the Monarch butterfly, who speaks to them in their dreams, they save the lives of millions of Monarch butterflies threatened by illegal logging and traffickers of wild animals. Together they help preserve the natural and cultural wealth of their homeland. Praise For María The Monarch "I highly recommend this extraordinary trip to the kingdom of the monarch.” Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College, the world's leading expert on the Monarch Butterfly. Ages 8 to 12

Moderators
SG

Sarah Garrett

Butterfly Pavilion’s Lepidopterist
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers


Sunday September 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

2:00pm

Guided Tours With Artists
Join scheduled art walks to hear directly from ALEF eco artists about their work and its dialogue with mother earth. PILOTO (Mexico) 2:00PM & 3:00PM Sculptures FALCO (Cuba)
12:00PM, 1:30PM Graphic Arts MATIAS PARADELA (Argentina) 12:30PM, 2:30PM Installation
 



Sunday September 17, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
DMNS- South Atrium

2:00pm

2:15pm

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra
Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra enjoys a prestige that they have gained over the years. In the past 12 years, they have been a part of various events associated with the National Western Stock Show. For the past 9 years, they have shared the stage with the Colorado Symphony in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo at Boettcher Concert Hall. 

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 2:15pm - 2:20pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

2:20pm

"Historias Con Huellas" Denver Latino Leaders Book Launch with Author German Gonzalez
BOOK FEATURED LEADERS: Manuel Gazcon, Andrés Neidig, Linda Sosa, Roberto Torres, Irene Vilar, Julieta Quiñonez, Roberto Gaytan, Rosa Marie Vergil, Diana Pineda, Fernando Pineda,  Juventino Romero,  Arturo García, Padre Tomás Fraile AUTHORS: Germán González-Flores Mavi Barraza


Sunday September 17, 2017 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

3:20pm

3:30pm

Promotores Verdes Graduation Ceremony
Witness the graduation of the 1st Promotores Verdes class as family members celebrate de completion of the program. Promotores Verdes grows family based advocates for better health through nature experiences. This is a culturally sensitive, intergenerational, community-based educational family program tha promotes the Nature RX Movement in the Latino/Hispanic community. This Summer 2017 over 100 families explored the outdoor and its benefits to health, people’s health and the interconnectedness with the health of forests and ecosystems, eating/active living, and environmental leadership and advocacy. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar

Founder, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
ALEF



Sunday September 17, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

4:15pm

Baracutanga Music Concert
Background: Baragutanga is a seven-piece band – representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru,USA) – prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms, such as huayñoand cumbia in new andinteresting ways.

Speakers
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Baracutanga

Baracutanga is a seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA) that prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways, such as huayño and cumbia with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian Feste jo with Andean... Read More →


Sunday September 17, 2017 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

4:50pm

Mariachi Parade
Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 4:50pm - 5:00pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

5:00pm

Planetarium Show "Belisario: The Little Big Hero of The Cosmos"
In celebration of our 5th anniversary ALEF will host a free screening of the amazing "Belisario, the little big hero of the cosmos” at the Planetarium Denver Museum of Nature & Science during our Family Day on 9/17! Don't miss it! Space is limited for this historic screening of the first animated series in Latin America produced in a full dome format and talk with Bolivian producer Yashira Jordán, founder of Celeste Estudio Creativo (Argentina, Bolivia, New York) who will tell us about her production with The City of La Plata’s Planetarium. “Belisario" tells about the adventures of a little astronaut mouse, who travels through time to register his name in Argentina’s Astronautics history. Throughout his trips, he will witness the most relevant events and face unforeseen dangers that he will need to overcome to survive. Fulldome is the biggest audiovisual format in the world, which can create immersive settings being projected on a planetarium dome - a half sphere. Belisario's soundtrack has been composed by the Chilean composer Alberto Peña and recorded in Bratislava with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. Musical references derive from composers such as John Williams, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman, among others.

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/americas-latino-eco-festival-v-tickets-31884087163?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing 



Sunday September 17, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Gates Planetarium