On Cinco de Mayo, Heaven Gallery commemorates Chicago’s Latin heritage and celebrates the victories of all native people against displacement. On an old Native American trail known as Milwaukee Ave., is where for the past 18 years, Heaven has supported the arts and cultivated community. As developers invade our city and seek to erase us we will unite to create a community land trust to protect our cultural equity. On this day we identify with the miraculous victory of indigenous Mexicans Benito Juárez and General Zaragoza over Napoleon III who attempted to carve his empire out of Mexican territory. On this historical evening we call on the spirit of our ancestors to help us win our fight.
Latinx Nation combines the celebration of non-binary, gender fluid people from all Latin cultures. Join us in moving towards inclusion in language as our generation creates a cohesive postcolonial identity for the descendants of the Americas.
Our community recognizes the contributions that Latinx has made to this Nation and we honor them and give thanks.
Music by Future Rootz featuring Fanita Banana, SloMo,
and Sound Culture.
Ceremony with native ambient sounds by HURAKAN & Aztec dance by NAHUI OLLIN HUEHUECOYOTL
Decorations by Victoria Martinez
Mural by Josue Pellot
Silent auction featuring works by: Scott Mossman/ Kailyn Perry/ Robert Burnier /Celeste Rapone/ Chris Zain/ Jeffrey Grauel/ Alejandro Jimenez-Flores/ Santina Amato/ Olivia Valentine/ Alex Bradley Cohen/ Cathy Hsiao/ Melissa Leandro/ Noel Morical/ Ryan Pfeiffer & Rebecca Walz/ Azadeh Gholizadeh/ Anna Showers-Cruser/ Sarah Mosk/ Brandon Alvendia/ Danny Floyd/ Liz McCarthy/ Sherwin Ovid/ Iris Bernblum/ Gwendolyn Zabicki/ Andreas Fischer/ Caroline Liu/ Daniel Hojnacki/ Claire Ashley/ Frances Lightbound/ Soo Shin/ Mel Cook/ Kate Hampel/ Annie Kielman/ Jeffrey Michael Austin/ Yvette Mayorga/ Nina Rizzo/ Matthew Hilshorst/ Aron Gent/ Sarah & Joseph Belknap/ Hyegyeong Choi/ Caleb Beck/ Edra Soto/ Robin Dluzen/ Leo Kaplan/ Ivan Lozano/ Brendan Luchik/ Tanner Bowman/ Selina Trepp
Sponsors include Revolution Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Marz Brewing, Land & Sea Dept., 5 Rabbit Brewing, CH Distillery, and a grant by Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber
Additional food from Flash Taco, Artemio’s Bakery, and The Tamale Guy