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Documentary Film Screening of American Exile and Artist Talk with Director, Producer and Writer John J. Valadez

Tuesday, Ocotber 12, 2021 @ 7:00pm  |  Doors Open at 6:00pm


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John is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker, whose work has received two national Emmy nominations. He has directed eleven documentary films for primetime national broadcast on PBS and CNN over the past 20 years.
His films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party (Passin’ It On/POV/PBS); Latino gangs in Chicago (Making Peace/PBS); Latinos in World War II (Latino Americans/PBS); the re-segregation of America’s schools (Beyond Brown/PBS); the history of Latino civil rights (The Longoria Affair/Independent Lens/PBS); the evolution of Chicano music (The Chicano Wave/PBS); the Chicano movement (Latino Americans/PBS); and the genocide of Native Americans in the Southwest (The Last Conquistador/POV/PBS). 
They have garnered top prizes at film festivals from San Francisco to Chicago to Mumbai, have been broadcast across the United States, Canada and Europe, and have been featured at major museums and cultural institutions – including the Hirshorn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art.
John grew in Seattle, taught photography in rural India, and is currently the director of the documentary film program at Michigan State University.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our past events. Take a look at what we have hosted and we look forward to welcoming you all to upcoming ones.




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We were honored to have been the host venue to welcome Netflix's Gentefied Actor and Comedian, Carlos Santos. 

Carlos Santos helped us kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special meet and greet with our students and staff, followed by the welcoming of audience members for a special screening of his favorite episode of Netflix's Gentified and then an artist talk.

Thank you Carlos Santos, we look forward to your visit again!

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Día de los Muertos


Thank you for joining us for our 18th Annual Día de los Muertos en Fort Worth Celebration!

If you missed it or would like to relive the festivities, please enjoy our video highlight featuring footage from our community and save the date for next year:

Saturday October 29, 2022!

2021 Día de los Muertos Video Highlight

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Día de Los Muertos en Fort Worth. Join us as the 18th Annual Día de Los Muertos en Fort Worth Celebration Parade & Festival takes center stage on North Main Avenue, in the heart of the Historic Northside of Fort Worth! Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts proudly presents Día de los Muertos en Fort Worth in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Police Officers Association, and Visita Fort Worth.

Join us for this milestone 18th annual celebration in Northside with special events including a Celebration Parade from 10 am – 12 pm following festivities from 12 pm – 4 pm at Marine Park that include food, visual artists, face painting, mariachis, ballet folklorico, opera, and more. The community and visitors are invited to wear traditional costumes.

The Tradition. Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a beautiful and culturally rich tradition with a history that dates back over 3000 years when rituals were conducted to honor the dead in Mesoamerica. Those that celebrate Día de Los Muertos believe that on that day the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes.

Fort Worth. In Fort Worth, Hispanic organizations and civic groups have held Día de Los Muertos processions, festivals, and galas within their communities for nearly 20 years. Día de Los Muertos en Fort Worth is a collaborative effort to expand those celebrations into a larger celebration for the whole city to enjoy. The Inaugural Día de Los Muertos en Fort Worth Parade & Festival will intentionally create space for those who want to learn more and experience our beloved tradition. The event is a unifying effort by the Artes de La Rosa Cultural Center of the Arts, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization, Visita Fort Worth and the Office of Fort Worth District 2 City Councilman Carlos Flores. Día de Los Muertos en Fort Worth will include a Día de Los Muertos themed parade that leads into an arts and culture festival held in Marine Park.




Pauline and Louise

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Artes de la Rosa proudly presents - Pauline and Louis, An Original Play Written and Directed by Richard J. Gonzales. 
The story follows the lives of Pauline Valenciano and Louis Zapata.
Two Day Shows:
Friday, October 15th @ 7:00PM
Saturday, October 16th @ 3:00pm & 7:00pm
After Pauline Valenciano and two daughters are arrested at a Fort Worth grocery store for protesting the market's refusal to sell United Farm Workers Union produce, mother and girls are separated. In the jail cell, she seeks answers to their whereabouts and contemplates whether her activism has compromised her role as a good mother. She knows the need for more Chicanas in La Causa, but at what cost to her family. Louis Zapata enjoys his life of luxury in Mexico City, working on a Bell Helicopter assignment to the US State Department. When he receives calls to return to Fort Worth to run for city council, he faces a dilemma. Born and raised in "El Pozo" the hole, he has climbed to a comfortable lifestyle. However, he's been separated from his family for two years and there's no guarantee he'll win office. If he were elected, the city's North Side would have its first Latino representative and hopefully bring much-needed dollars to their long-neglected neighborhoods. Pauline and Louis weigh the costs in service to the Latino community.
Pauline Valenciano
Monica Perez
Louis Zapata
Rudy Lopez
Latin Express
Dora Gonzales
Nicholas Gonzales






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