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by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - Mexica Tiahui will bring their Aztec music, dance and costumes to Pacific University next Wednesday, Sept. 25. Pacific University invites the public to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional Aztec dancing, and Portland speaker and artist Rodolfo Serna.

Serna, a visual artist and community activist, follows the traditions of his Mexican roots and shares his art with the community.

Originally a self-taught artist born in Chicago, Ill., Serna holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Portland State University. He has worked with at-risk youth and several educational institutions, and has exhibited work at Right Brain Initiative Project, Portland Community College, Ethos Music Center and Regional Arts and Culture Committee. Serna also has public art installations on Lombard and Killingsworth in Portland, and at the Native American Youth Association Family Center.

Mexica Tiahui, formed in 1995 by Mexican and Chicano students at Oregon State University, will conclude the evening with dance and music. The group boasts dancers of all ages, races and backgrounds.

Strengthening leadership in the Latino community through cultural presentations is a major goal for group members, who write and perform their own presentations.

Head to Pacific University’s Multi-Purpose Room in the University Center, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Pacific’s Hispanic Heritage Student Association.

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