Portal to the Past Festival returns as a free event to Pueblo Grande Museum, in partnership with Cultural Coalition, on Sunday, October 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Combining indigenous history, cultural performances, archaeology, and interactive programming that is fun for the whole family. Attendees will enjoy tours, exhibits, craft activities, indigenous artist demonstrations and performances throughout the afternoon that highlight the connection of culture and history through water.
The Festival has grown since its inaugural event in 2019 which unveiled the “Portal to the Past” art installation, a New Arizona Prize Water Public Art Challenge winner, designed by Artist and Master Sculptor Zarco Guerrero. The installation was created to honor the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People and their important contributions to Arizona with their intricate canal systems. The Festival continues to focus on the important history of water in the desert and the people who established the first irrigation systems in this region. Through live music, dance performances, storytelling, and traditional arts demonstrations from multiple indigenous communities from around Arizona, the Festival welcomes all ages to explore their relationship to water and learn from the past.
For more information, visit culturalcoalition.com/portalfest. The Portal to the Past Festival is made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities, and sponsored in part Raza Development Fund, and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum.
This is a grantee event and Arizona Humanities is not directly involved in the event planning or implementation. For this reason please use the links provided to confirm dates and times and contact the host organization with any questions.