Hispanic Heritage Month at QVCC: Bomba Workshop and Performance with the Sonia Plumb Dance Company and Movimiento Cultural 

WILLIMANTIC AND DANIELSON, CT — Quinebaug Valley Community College is pleased to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15, with two Bomba workshops and performances by Movimiento Cultural and the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.

The first performance will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 7 to 8 pm near QVCC’s Willimantic Center at 729 Main Street during the city’s Third Thursday Street Festival. The second performance will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 12:30 – 2:00 pm on the cafeteria patio on the main campus, located at 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT.

Movimiento Cultural is a community-based nonprofit that seeks to educate people across Connecticut about Puerto Rico’s rich African-based folklore, music, dance, and other art forms, especially the Bomba, which is the oldest Puerto Rican dance and music style rooted in resistance and dating back to the days of slavery, while strengthening racial understanding and relationships. The Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s mission is to “awaken, enrich, and educate communities to diverse perspectives of our world” through the lens of modern dance.

The event is organized and sponsored by the QVCC Cultural Programming Committee.

For more information, contact Interim Academic Division Director Elkin Espitia-Loaiza at eespitia-loaiza@qvcc.commnet.edu or Jon Andersen jandersen@qvcc.edu.


QVCC Celebrates Black History Month: “African Americans and the Vote” with Dr. Stacey Close

Black History Month 2020February is Black History Month. Quinebaug Valley Community College invites you to join us on February 12 at 10am-2pm in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium as we celebrate Black History Month and the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Fifteenth Amendment. QVCC is honored to welcome back Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Provost/Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University, for the presentation, “African Americans and the Vote.”

Dr. Stacey CloseIn addition to the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War, the year 2020 also marks the centennial (100th anniversary) of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The theme speaks to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, African Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote. The contribution of black suffragists occurred not only within the larger women’s movement, but within the larger black voting rights movement.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Sponsored by QVCC’s Cultural Programming Committee.