Arts and Culture
The Summer Arts Program gives students in rural communities the opportunity to keep themselves busy over the summer with activities such as Folkloric dancing, jewelry making and other arts and crafts projects. We work in conjunction with a teacher exchange program with teachers from Mexico. The program ends each year with a student performance of the dances they have learned and an exhibition of the arts and crafts projects they have completed over an eight week period.
Dia De El Nino
Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. EQS celebrates Dia de El Nino in April each year. The goal of this celebration is to bring awareness to the issues that children in our communities face everyday, but also to provide a day of fun filled activities for children, along with their parents, to partake in. We also invite other local organizations to be a part of the celebration and hand out any relevant information they may have to community members.
Dia De Las Madres
Mothers in the surrounding communities make up a majority of EQS’ volunteer base. Because of this, each year we celebrate Mother’s Day as a way to say thank you to our volunteers, but also to bring awareness of the various issues each community faces and to talk about how we can become involved the problem solving process.
Dia De Los Muertos
El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have passed away. EQS creates an alter each year with a different theme, such as domesic violence or toxic materials, in remembrance of those who have passed away.
Las Posadas Navidenas are a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem, performed just before Christmas. EQS staff and volunteers come together to sing and enjoy food as a way to say thank you to the community members who fuel the work that EQS does. EQS' annual posada also serves as a platform to create awareness around many different issues that continue to affect our communities.