Entertainment, events, Youth Culture

Stockton has PRIDE for the first time


STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin Pride center will host Stockton’s first Pride Festival in recent history on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Oak Grove Regional Park. In Addition, there will be a pre-event celebration and art exhibition held on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery from 6PM until 9PM.

Saturday’s Festival is promoted as a family friendly event that includes children play zones, teen dance tent, local cultural performances, live bands, DJ’s, arts and craft booths as well as food and beer.

“I am excited to be working with our business partners in putting on what we hope to be an annual tradition for not only our LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] people but for the entire community,” Said San Joaquin Pride Center Executive Director Nicholas Hatten.

The San Joaquin Pride Festival is free and open to the public, however any proceeds from sponsorship will support the non-profit organization and its mission to, “provide the tools and resources needed for LGBT people to overcome the challenges they face, flourish to their highest potential, and reach out to the larger community to promote acceptance and equality for all.”

On Friday evening, the Mexican Heritage Center’s exhibition will celebrate the historic event with an evening of music, art and food.

“LGBT artists are invited to provide samples of their work via email for consideration. This exhibition is expected to show a lot of talent and emotion as we invite this proud community to exhibit up to 3 pieces each,” said Executive Director Joel Reyna.

A $10 hanging fee, per selected piece will be assessed to exhibiting artists.   Work Sample submission deadline is 8/17/12.  Artists will be notified by 8/19/12.
Sample submission/additional information to MHCG director, Joel Reyna, Jr., at director@mexicanheritagecenter.org or (209) 481-1725.

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