Heritage in the Midst of Transformation

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On April 27, Colorado’s own Dia del Nino, or Day of the Child(ren), will be a family fun event incorporating tradition with the changing world.

On April 27, Colorado’s own Dia del Nino, or Day of the Child(ren), will be a family fun event incorporating tradition with the changing world. Throughout Denver, The Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, McNichols Civic Center Building, Molly Brown House and the Byers-Evans House Museum are all taking a part in celebrating children, family, and the community.

“Around the world, children are celebrated in usually April or May,” Clara Ricciardi, the Denver Art Museum’s coordinator of school and Latino programs said. “Here at the Denver Art Museum, we started our celebration thirteen years ago.”

Throughout the years, Dia del Nino has featured many types of activities and entertainment. This year, many groups from around Colorado will perform at the different locations, including a variety of dancers.

“Most of the groups we have are dancers – with kids,” she said. “The children are going to be the ones participating; they’re the ones who are going to be performing.”

A special dance of the day will take place at the Denver Art Museum, called the Tree of Hope. “We have over eighty kids participating in that program. It’s kind of like a play, but it talks about how we need to be taking care, conserving the Earth; how we can all be part of this solution.

Ricciardi emphasized that everyone is welcome and should come. “We are going to have bilingual volunteers that are going to be able to make the welcoming to all of the sites. What we really want is for people who live in different places to come to the city and enjoy what we have to offer from these cultural organizations: welcoming and opening the doors; free admission (to the seven locations).”

From traditional dances to artists from around the world, not to mention free crafts and admission to the museums taking part in Dia del Nino, this day of heritage in the midst of transformation is not to go unnoticed.