SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Santa Maria High School Spanish teacher Enedina Castañeda was recently invited to perform two of her poems live at the Cultural Center of Tijuana in Mexico alongside more than 60 other artists.
Castañeda's two poems, Paz (Peace) and La Tierra Distante (The Distant Land) were accompanied by the music of guitarist and tenor Iván Orellana.
La Tierra Distante describes the nostalgia of missing your homeland when one is in a foreign land and captures the emotions and power of the cross-national event.
Both Castañeda and Orellana are members of the Binational Congress for Mexican Artists Residing in the United States and were invited by the Mexican government to perform.
“This International Congress was an engaging cultural experience that connected me with other creative minds of various disciplines," said Castañeda. "The ultimate takeaway from this experience is that I can be a bridge, opening opportunities to local artists to connect with other artists throughout the USA and beyond the border.”
The event featured four forms of artistic presentations: visual arts, literary arts, performing arts and filmmaking arts.