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AWC Performing Arts


The Performing Arts Series at Arizona Western College began presenting performances 30 years ago. The series continues to strive to provide quality live entertainment that is enjoyable, affordable and culturally enriching. The series consists of performances that run from September through April and features a wide variety of quality entertainment including dance, music, comedy, acrobats and much more. In addition to performances for our general community and AWC students, the series also includes residencies in which local schools receive free performances. Dinner Theatre Performances are also available throughout the series and features fine dining, friendship, and fantastic entertainment! 

Diversity Dialogue Film: A Class Divided - Understanding Racism, Stereotypes and Creating Inclusive Language
Tuesday August 30, 2011
9:30am - 11:00am
San Luis Learning Center/Room 109
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
6:00pm – 7:30pm
San Luis Learning Center/Room 109
Friday, September 2, 2011
9:30am – 11:00am
San Luis Learning Center/Room 109
Healthy Relationships: When Did You Decide to Be…Straight, LGBTQ or In an Unhealthy Relationship
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
3C Building/Purple Lounge on 2nd Floor
Dr. Barbara Jaquay: Descansos - Marking Passages
Conquistadors began the tradition of marking the location of deaths in the Americas with crosses or "descansos," meaning "rest" in Spanish. Descansos served both as a remembrance for the departed and as a place of rest for weary travelers. As modes of transportation changed, the reason for marking the location of death also changed. The automobile, for example, has had a dramatic impact on the role of the descansos. It now marks the site where someone died, unattended by family members and having not received their last rites. Roadside memorials have become a common site along major highways and city streets since the late 1980s, and their increased numbers and types have created a need by states' departments of transportation to implement policies for dealing with the shrines. This PowerPoint presentation will examine the historical evolution of the descansos, the various crosses and the memorabilia placed with them, states' policies on the placement of roadside shrines, and the controversies surrounding this age-old custom.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Free and Open to the Public
AWC Main Campus/Room AC282

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Free and Open to the Public
San Luis Learning Center/Multipurpose Room 104
Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)
The poverty simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income families. In the simulation, 82 participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Free and Open to the Public – Contact Maria Aguirre at 344-7791 for Registration
AWC Main Campus/Schoening Conference Center (North Wing)
Dr. Charles Tatum: Chicano Popular Culture
Most Americans, regardless of class, race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender, are exposed daily to heavy doses of popular culture in the form of television and radio programming, cinema, and advertising. Americans of Mexican descent bring a rich history and deep appreciation of popular cultural practices to American society. This presentation will explore these practices thriving today, including: the oral tradition (corridos, folk tales, riddles and popular sayings); television; radio; newspapers; cinema; sports; civil, secular and religious celebrations; music; and  popular literature. Audiences will become more familiar with the history, roots, traditions, values, attitudes and social life of the fastest growing segment of our population.  
Monday, October 24, 2011
9:30am – 10:30am
Free and Open to the Public
San Luis Learning Center/Multipurpose Room 104
Monday, October 24, 2011
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Free and Open to the Public
AWC Main Campus/Frances Morris Board Room



Shara Roberts
Coorinator of Student Leadership and Activities


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