September 12, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Come enjoy the festive music and lively dancing of Orquesta Minsita Cheran, a youth orchestra and dance group from Cheran, Michoacan in Mexico, on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Tarvin and Crisp Rooms at John A. Logan College.  The event is free and open to the public.

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, invited the group to perform.

“We are happy to welcome Orquesta Minsita Cheran to our campus as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,” Fox said.  “They are going to do a musical performance and then afterward we’ll have a discussion period and allow time for audience members to ask questions.  This is a great opportunity for people to get a glimpse into another region in Mexico and enjoy its cultural music and dance.”

Fox learned about the group from Colleen Springer, assistant literacy coordinator at Logan, who is a certified Spanish teacher and involved in the bilingual education program at District 95 in Carbondale.

“Orquesta Minsita Cheran is coming to the U.S. to perform at the P’urhepecha Festival this weekend in Cobden,” Springer said.  “They were looking for some other places to perform while they were in the area, and I thought it was a good idea to have them at the college.  They love to perform and share their culture with different audiences, and I thought that fit well with Logan’s commitment to and support of diversity.” 

The performance at Logan is free, but Fox said donations for the group would be accepted and welcomed at the door. 

“It costs a lot for the members of the group to come here from Mexico, and they have many travel-related expenses,” Fox said.  “They don’t charge for their performances, but any donations people want to make are greatly appreciated.” 

The event is sponsored by JALC’s Diversity and Inclusion Program.  For more information, contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.