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6th Annual Latino Arts Guitar Festival Welcomes Guitar Masters & Fosters Student Growth

JoAnna Bautch
(From left) Aaron Rodriguez, Jone Ruiz Vargas, and Diego Gonzales at Latino Arts, a hub for and a celebration of Latinx artists of all kinds.

One of the places the arts is thriving in Milwaukee can be found on the city’s near south side. Latino Arts is a hub for and a celebration of Latinx artists of all kinds, but its reach goes beyond them into the larger community.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the 6th annual Guitar Festival takes place at the Latino Arts Center on South 9th Street. It’s a competition for classical guitar students ages 8 to 18 and a series of master classes, and it all culminates in a concert by two classical guitar masters: Alfonso Moreno and Oman Kaminsky.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North recently met with Director of the Latino Arts String program Dinorah Marquez, guitar festival organizer Jone Ruiz Vargas, and two students, Aaron Rodriguez and Diego Gonzales:

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.