For its 29th anniversary celebration, Mexic-Arte Museum saw a packed ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel for the Gala del Museo: Arte Y Glamour. Arriving guests were immediately immersed in the sound of Mexico by the Mariachi Relampago. So much socializing ensued over special beverages featuring Patron Tequila, it required considerable chiming and encouragement to move the crowd into the ballroom for the program and dinner.
President of the Board Dr. John Hogg greeted guests and joined in the applause for Gala Co-Chairs David Garza and Laurel Prats. Jump-starting the program was a performance by the Danza Azteca Guadalupana with a dominating bass drum beat. A fast-forward in time then delighted the crowd with an aria from Dr. Gerado Ramos accompanied by Kay Rivers-Kidd on piano.
Dance and music having been offered, it was time for a history lesson by none other than the Consul General of Mexico, Rosalba Ojeda. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unlikely victory of Mexican forces over the French invasion force at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The history lesson was underlined with a teasing preview of Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, a movie offered by producer, Paco Gallastegui.
Additionally, the Gala served as the perfect moment to recognize two extraordinary men. Sam Coronado received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts. He is a co-founder of Mexic-Arte Museum and founder of the Serie Print Project, an artist residency program.
Also recognized was keynote speaker Francisco de Paula Leon Olea, who received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Humanities for his work as a musician, philosopher, literary author and businessman. Mr. Olea is currently kept busy as President and Chairman of the Board of Giordano Bruno University.