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An artistic exploration of Latin American and U.S. cultures will take place on MSU's campus as part of the first Latin IS America Festival. Coordinated through the MSU College of Music, events will take place from April 15 to 27 at various campus locations and include concerts, films, art exhibits, plays, and more.
Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.
Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.
An exhibit by Val Berryman, called “The Art of Christmas," is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum. Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum. He’s been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984. Berryman tells WKAR’s Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.