Program Cover for Year 2000 Conference
Tucson's International Mariachi Conference
The first Mariachi Conference was a combined effort
by the City of Tucson, the Tucson Festival Society, Mariachi Cobre
and community leaders who wanted to have a cultural event accenting
the cultural and ethnic diversities in the community. In 1983, La
Frontera Center, Inc., became the sponsor of this event. The Bank
One Tucson International Mariachi Conference (TIMC) is a non-profit
organization that began as a single event, an evening concert. Now
the conference spans an entire week and includes a number of
different events: a brunch, an art show, two major concerts, a
mass, an all-day outdoor fiesta, educational workshops in mariachi
music and folklorico dance, and an artisan exhibit. As the
recognized leader of mariachi festivals, TIMC was the first
conference to offer Mariachi and Baile Folklorico workshops for
students of all ages. The purpose of the Conference is twofold: 1)
to raise funds for La Frontera Center (a local behavioral health
agency that primarily serves the underserved); and 2) to educate
students and the general public on the mariachi tradition. It has
become a community event that will continue to keep the tradition
of mariachi music alive.
Project documentation includes a 29-page report,
mariachi workshop brochures for violin, guitar, voice, and trumpet,
a videocassette and audio tape of Festival music, souvenir programs
for 1987 and 1991-2000, and a Festival mass brochure.
Originally submitted by: Ed Pastor, Representative (2nd District).
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