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Siglo de Oro Education and Outreach Program

An important facet of the Siglo de Oro festival is the Memorial's outreach program. This program gives hundreds of students every year the opportunity to examine the contemporary world through the relevant eyes of the past and to understand that although material culture may change, people and emotions have remained the same through the centuries.   The presentations instill in the students a sincere love of literature and a keen appreciation of their language and traditions.

This year the Memorial is working closely with Socorro Independent School District's Fine Arts Department to connect students with works from this period on a level that is both personal and meaningful. By incorporating a day-long teacher workshop and on-campus presentations, the Memorial helps preserve an important part of our borderland community's cultural heritage by offering students and their teachers the opportunity to experience works form this period first hand.

To find out how to participate in either of these programs, please contact the Education Specialist at Chamizal National Memorial at 915-532-7273 x130.

Teacher Workshop

Saturday, February 24, 2007

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Festival participants from Brigham Young University will meet with area high school Spanish and Theatre teachers. During a one day workshop prior to the start of the festival, the performers and teachers will work to develop curriculum-based lessons plans to continue the Siglo experience in the classroom after the festival ends.

Outreach Performances

Monday-Wednesday, February 26-28, 2007

Twenty performers will be taken to eight SISD schools to present a modified version of their festival performances. These participants will also lead a question and answer session to discuss the playwrights, the actual plays, the time-period in which the plays were written, and what it is like to be a working stage actor.