Luminaria cville 

Luminaria Cville is a place where family, culture, and community coalesce, through music, performance, and visual arts, sin fronteras.

We seek to create, respectfully explore, educate and build artistic bridges between cultures

~Luminaria Cville is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Contributions for the purposes of Luminaria Cville must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. ~

In the fall of 2011 Luminaria began working with the ARC of the Piedmonts infant development program in the South Wood Community. Estela provided fun music and movement classes to spanish speaking immigrant families with children 0-5 and their adults. We enjoyed each other so much, we decide to invite families to McGuffey Art Center for the following year. During this time we explored stories, songs, art and food associated with our roots traditions. At the end 2012, Estela had collected over 30 traditional and original tunes in Spanish to share with families. Various other events have blossomed, inspired by this group. Of these are our annual Dia De Los Muertos event and our yearly Latin Music and Folkloric Dance festival. We are currently hoping as busy parents to find the time to get together and work on a Holiday collection of songs, recipes and arts and crafts ideas associated with very significant Latin American Holidays such as; Dia De Los Muertos, Navidad, and Carnival. If you are interested in volunteering to help make this possible let me know!

Photo Credit: Oscar

Photo Credit: Oscar

cville sabroso

Presented by WTJU and the Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series in collaboration with Sin Barreras and Luminaria Cville - at the IX Art Park!

Authentic food, music and dance from Many different Latin American Countries, kids activities and more - bring the whole family to this celebration of our Latin American communities and the culture they bring. A whole day of colorful events from the traditional to the contemporary.


dia de los muertos

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican celebration set aside to honor our anscestors and loved onese who have passed on.  The communityis invited to participate in a procession and celebration starting on the McGuffey Lawn, were each person will be provided with a bag and candle to create luminaries. We print the names of passed loved ones and a message on the bags and place a candle in the bag to light our memory of them.  Then together we celebrate their lives with all the things they loved. 


son jarocho

This group is for adults and children 6 and up.  We will use Mexican traditional Son Jarocho music as the framework for learning basic song forms and harmonic structures, using stringed and percussion instruments we will set up a solid foundation for learning the basic traditional percussive dance rhythms and after learning some traditional verses we will begin to write our own verses to delve into the rich improvisational opportunities that this style of music offers (this will be a bi-lingual group Spanish/English).