Day of the Dead: Cultural Significance Panel Discussion

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Pioneer Room

Jack's Urban Meeting Place

1000 W. Myrtle St.

Boise, ID 83702

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Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos on November 1st and 2nd is a visually stunning celebration with painted faces and colorful skulls, but what is the cultural significance of this vibrant Latin American Holiday? Join us for a panel discussion to dig deeper into this wonderful tradition. All ages.

When: Thursday, October 25th from 6 PM - 8 PM

Where: Pioneer Room on the sixth floor

Cost: Free

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Panel Speakers

Father Jesus Camacho:

Fr. Camacho leads the Hispanic and Latino Ministry at St. Mary's Boise. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is bicultural. He was raised in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. He has studied Media Communications (Radio) at the University of Dayton, Ohio, holds a Master in Theology (Multicultural Ministry) at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California. He was Ordained on December 25, 1975 in Veracruz, Mexico. Arrived in Idaho July 7, 1981. Incardination for Diocese of Boise: 1990 and has served across the Gem state in various assignments including as director of Prison Ministry from 1999-2015. Currently, he is a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary's, Boise. He was a Radio Producer: La Voz Catolica (Religious) and "En Charla Con El Padre Jesus" (Cultural), and now is spiritual director for Salt and Light Catholic Radio stations (English and Spanish); had Columns for newspapers - "El inmigrante" and "Idaho Unido" and now for Idaho Catholic Register. Also you can learn with him at his Blog:

Ben Earwicker:

Dr. Ben Earwicker served as a faculty member and administrator at universities in the U.S. and New Zealand for 13 years and now serves as Director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission. Prior to this, Ben worked as a social worker for the State of Idaho and the Idaho Migrant Council, and ran a successful small business for 10 years. He currently manages dual-enrollment modern language and social science courses throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, while working with the Idaho Human Rights Commission to enforce state and federal anti-discrimination laws and promote human and civil rights in Idaho.

Fonda Portales:

Fonda Portales currently serves as Boise State University’s Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she taught art history at colleges and universities throughout the Treasure Valley. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

Fonda earned a BA in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and an MA in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World, authored by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno.

Ana Maria Schachtell

Ana Maria Nevarez-Schachtell was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and came to Idaho via California in 1974. She has a BA Multi-Cultural /Bilingual Education including endorsements in Spanish and German from Boise State University. She spearheaded the creation of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho in Nampa, founded the Stay-in-School Quinceañera Program (motivational program for Latino middle school students), and serves on the board of the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation. She was the Project Director for the Idaho Corrido Music Project (2010-14) sponsored mainly by the Idaho Humanities Council. She also participated in the Jesus Urquides Memorial Project established by the City of Boise during its Sesquicentennial Celebration. In 2014 she was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Support for the Arts.

Norma Pintar

Norma Pintar is a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Since the age of five Mrs. Pintar has been a dancer, performing Traditional Mexican Dances. She moved to Idaho 22 years ago.

Sharing the rhythm, movements, costumes, and the traditions of Mexican song brings joy to Mrs. Pintar and audiences across Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

She is one of the co-founders of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, the Artistic Director of the Traditional Mexican Dancers and a passionate promoter of Mexican Culture and its Traditions.

Additionally, she collaborates as a Teaching Artist on the Idaho Commission on the Arts, which allows her to share her talents with students and teachers throughout the state; As well as mentoring apprentices who want to start their own dance groups in Idaho.

In October 2012, she received the “Governor’s Award in Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts”

She was recognized as “Women of the Year 2016” awarded by the Idaho Commission on Hispanics Affairs for her highest contributions to Idaho in the Arts, Education and Volunteerism.


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JUMP – or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – is a not-for-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise. Please go to to learn more and join our newsletter so you are in the know on fun, spontaneous happenings at JUMP.

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You may bus, bike, drive, walk, skip, etc. Check Boise's bus schedule at We love bikers and have beautiful bike racks to secure your ride. If you plan to drive, paid parking is available on the 3rd and 4th levels of the JUMP parking garage or in Simplot's below ground parking garage, both accessible from the Myrtle Street entrance located between 11th and 9th Streets. Please note, the below ground parking garage is only available after 4PM until 6AM on weekdays and all day on weekends. Credit/debit cards accepted only.

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Absolutely. We support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and encourage participation by everyone. If you require special accommodations to participate in our programs or to use our facilities, please view the JUMP Building Map to locate accessible parking spaces or call 208.639.6610 for additional information.

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