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Galeria de La Raza presents

MUNDO MAYA 12:12:12:
A Celebration of the Mayan Culture & Calendar
Works by Latino/Mayan youth, in collaboration with artist Roberto Y. Hernandez

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs December 6 – December 29, 2012


All events are FREE and open to the public


Galeria De La Raza / Studio 24
2857 – 24th Street (at Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)826-8009 office
Open Tuesday- Saturday, 12pm – 6 pm




Exhibition opens Thursday, December 6, 2012 ~ Opening Reception – 6:00 p.m.
Maize Celebration Saturday, December 8, 2012  ~ 12 noon – 6:00 pm
Ceremonia para La Virgen De Guadalupe Wednesday,  12:12:12 - 6:00 p.m.
End of the Mayan Calendar Ceremonia Friday, December 21, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
CACAO Celebration Saturday, December 29, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.




Exhibition artists include: Roberto Y. Hernandez, maestro and artistic director; Angelo Rodriguez Zelaya, Victor Cartagena, Natia Love, Ramon Thompson, Gabrielle Vigil, Einar Jose Sevilla, Karina De La Rosa, Angelina Casillas, Israel Lopez, Olivia Rocio Inostroz, Athena Talmadge, Gloria Franco, Mario Damos, Oscar Pacheco, Ivan Barriga. With support from Greg Carrillo, Rig Galvez, Francisco Alfaro, Francisco L. Carrasco, Michael Rios, and Jason Quevedo & Show Gentle.

Maize Celebration:  Saturday, December 8, 2012 – 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Sample Maya foods made from corn: Tamales, Pupusas, Nacatamales, Quesadillas, Chica, Tortillas, Pan Dulce, Empanadas, Tacos, Gorditas, Bunuelos, Atole, Chamurrado, Albodigas in collaboration with La Cocina, Accion Latina, BRAVA Theater, La Victoria, Casa Sanchez, and Chaac – Mool


Ceremonia para La Virgin de Guadalupe: Saturday, December 12, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinastia Torres, all-female mariachi group pay  tribute to La Virgen De Guadalupe with a special ceremonia by Xiuchcoatl danza


End of the Mayan Calendar Ceremonia: Friday, December 21, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Attend an Indigenous Mayan ceremony  led by Concilio de Ajq'jab – Mayan curanderos to commemorate the official end of the Mayan calendar.


CACAO Celebration: Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 3:00 p.m.
Sample pan dulce, cacao drink & chocolate candy and more in honor of the pioneers of what we know as chocolate. In collaboration with Sixth Course artisan confections, La Victoria Bakery, La Cocina & L's Café

Galeria de La Raza is pleased to present MUNDO MAYA 12:12:12: a celebration of the Mayan Culture and the end of the Mayan Calendar! This exhibition is the culmination of a fifteen-month workshop series that will feature works by  Latino /Mayan youth and lead artist Roberto Y. Hernandez. The exhibit will open on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

Hernandez uses his knowledge of Mayan art & culture as a vehicle for social change, instilling in youth an appreciation for their culture heritage while drawing awareness to issues regarding the environment, community, and spirituality. Through these workshops, the youth participants developed works related to the Mayan calendar, gods, animals, numbers, people, photographs, wood carvings, alters and the ten Mayan foods that changed the world's eating habits.

The Mayan people built great cities containing buildings aligned with the Sun, Moon, and the Stars to mark the important times of the year. Many astronomical traditions are still practiced today by the Mayan people in Mesoamerica. Traditional farming communities time the cultivation of corn by observing the sky. The living of the Mayan people integrates science and astronomy with every aspect of their culture.

With the end of the fifth Mayan calendar approaching, this exhibition seeks to frame the end of this calendar year with a shift in consciousness, rather than the apocalyptic vision of the end of the world that Hollywood has capitalized on. Influenced by his grandfather and informed by his extensive travels throughout Mesoamerica during the past two decades years, Hernandez led this program in an effort to educate youth and the general public on May history, culture, dance, music, and food – all integral parts of the Mayan customs, traditions, and ceremonies. Studies of the cycles of nature, motion of the planets, the complex nature of the Mayan calendar and its numeric planes, great architectural cities, astronomical traditions, and traditional farming communities are only some of the art work content matter in the exhibition.


In 2010 , During the de Young Museum’s Olmec exhibit, Hernandez was the featured artist of the artist -in-residence program where he began to create the first art work for the Mundo Maya 12:12:12.

After his residency concluded, Hernandez received a grant from the San Francisco Art Commission to work with local Latino/Mayan youth over a period of fifteen month's at Galeria de la Raza, by leading classes teaching numerous aspects of Mayan culture, history, and art.

The San Francisco Bay Area has been enriched by the recent immigration of over 40,000 Mayans from Mexico and Central America in the past five years. The end of the 5th Mayan long calendar ends on December 21, 2012 a transition to the age of the 5th Sun, a new beginning of a new cycle that transforms all matters Oxlajuj Baktun when consciousness, prosperity and the Divine Feminine prevail. The 13th Baktun is a new era that will bring change, understanding, reconciliation and peace to forge a better future for present and upcoming generations.

The Mundo Maya 12:12:12: is sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission, Royal Automotive Group, Community Trust Credit Union, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, and Oyster Development Corporation and donors.

Media Contact(s): Roberto Hernandez, 415.206.0577,

or Galeria de la Raza, 415.826.8009,

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