Peru Festival Program Staff
Director: Sabrina Lynn Motley
Curators: Olivia Cadaval, Cristina Díaz-Carrera
Curator, consultant to MINCETUR: Rafael Varón Gabai
Program Coordinator: Valentina Pilonieta-Vera
Community Engagement Manager: Alexia Fawcett
Family Activities Curator: Betty Belanus
Interns: Elena Baker, Michelle Bérubé, Sarah Blakeney, Isabel Bradley, Rachel Crichton, Paul Garr, Colin Harney, Natasha Hone, Caity Huffman, Erin Kurvers, Daniela Panetta, Sarika Ramaswamy, Agatha Sloboda, Christine Tristani
Family Activities Lead Volunteers: Erica Martin, Tiffany Wilt
Researchers, Coordinators, and Presenters: Michelle Banks, Victor Boluarte, Nilda Callañaupa, Nadia Calmet, Violet Cavicchi, Xóchitl Chávez, Rodrigo Chocano Paredes, Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, Eduardo Díaz, Alfredo DiNatale, James Early, Mariá Regina Firmino-Castillo, Alexandro Hernández, Ingrid Huamaní, Rosa María La Madrid, Javier León, Doris Loayza, Raúl Mancilla Mantilla, Ana Noriega, Federico Serapio Ollero Delgado, Renzo Ortega, Víctor Piminchumo, Marco Arturo Ramírez Colombier, Ana Maria Reyes Albarracin, Deisi Rivadeneira, María Angélica Rodríguez Ibañez, Silvia Salgado, Emily Socolov, Naomi Sturm, Leonardo Tello, Jaime Urrutia, Roger Valencia, Cynthia Vidaurri, Fredi Villagarcia Aquise, Alfredo Villar, Holly Wissler, Ranald Woodaman
Curatorial Advisory Committee: Madeleine Burns, Marjorie Hunt, Mary Linn, Luis Guillermo Lumbreras, Giancarlo Marcone, Soledad Mujica, Diana N’Diaye, Luis Repetto, Marcela Ríos, Daniel Sheehy, Jorge Ortiz Sotelo, Milagritos Saldarriaga, Francisco Tumi, Madeleine Zúñiga
Community Advisory Group: Catherine Cabel Chicas, Nelly Carrión, Billy Castillo, Kristy Chavez-Fernandez, Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, María del Carmen Cossu, Miguel García, Elmer Huerta, Vicky Leyva, Doris Loayza, Ana Noriega, Elena Tscherny, Ricardo Villanueva
Republic of Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR)
Minister: Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez
Vice Minister of Tourism: María del Carmen de Reparaz
Director of Crafts: Melina Burgos Quiñones
PROMPERÚ Director of Communications Milagritos Patricia Ormeño Aspauzo
Logistics Team: Elena Del Castillo Pérez, Christie Malca Roque, Rafael Ospina Vergara, Tena Van Lamoen
Amazon Conservation Association; Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco; Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de La Libertad; Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Moquegua; Embassy of Peru—Washington, D.C.; Flame Pool Alpacas; Permanent Mission of Peru to the Organization of American States; Peru Trade and Investment Office in Washington, D.C.; Piscura Networking; Republic of Peru Ministry of Culture – Dirección del Audiovisual, la Fonografía y los Nuevos Medios; Sugarloaf Alpaca Company; United States Embassy—Lima
The Hon. Blanca Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez; Maria del Carmen de Reparaz; Merlita Melina Burgos Quiñones; Christie Yherine Malca Roque; Elena del Castillo Perez; Rafael Varón Gabai; Mateo Peschiera; Michele Albanelli; Chiara Macchiavello; Jorge Pérez; Maria Anderson; The Hon. Diana Álvarez-Calderón; Natalia Ames Ramello; José Barreiro; Marcia Bosshardt; Nancy and Kevin Brandt; Madeleine Burns Vidaurrázaga; Sarah Campbell; Milena Carranza; The Hon. Luis Miguel Castilla, Ambassador of Peru to the United States; Melva Caswell; Luis Chang Boldrini; Luis S. Chang; Alice Chu; Dan Cole; María Elena Córdova Burga; Sarah Feder; Cecilia L. Galarreta; José Miguel Gamarra; Rick and Lisa German; Ana Cecilia Gervasi, Consul General of Peru; Vitaliano Gallardo; Kevin Gover (Pawnee); Katy Grazini; Elisa Greene; Becky Haberacker; Hakim Hasan; Monty Holmes; Frances Holuba; Catherine Holt; Andres Jaramillo; Belinda K. Jackson Farrier; The Hon. Juan Federico Jiménez Mayor, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States; Andrew Johnston; Sojin Kim; Rebecca Kokinda; Hayes Lavis; Robert Leopold; Philip LoPiccolo; Erin Markley; Berenice Mariscal; Ramiro Matos; Yamila Mayo Heiblum; Soledad Mujica; The Hon. Brian Nichols, Ambassador of the United States to Peru; Vilma Ortiz-Sanchez; Valerie Peterson; Gabriel Pilonieta; Rodolfo Pereira; Meri Price; Juan Luis Reus; John Sanchez; Monica Scott; Dana Small; Elisa Stone; Gail Strickler; Jennifer Tozer; Amy Van Allen; Adriana Velarde; Maria Nelly Vera; Vanessa Wagner de Reyna; Ranald Woodaman; Martha Zegarra
Crisscrossed with paths connecting communities across geography and history, Peru boasts a stunning vertical landscape that integrates a diversity of ecosystems and cultures. Peru is one of the world’s most biodiverse nations, containing ninety microclimates across extreme variances of altitude. The coastal, rain-forested, and mountainous environments provide abundant resources, including major exports such as fish, copper, and asparagus. Many culturally and historically significant areas are popular tourist destinations that encompass complex layered histories.
The uniqueness of Peru’s diversity lies in the connectedness of its landscape in the form of rivers, roads, and pathways that existed long before the Inka Empire (fifteenth–sixteenth centuries) and Spanish colonization (sixteenth–nineteenth centuries). Across its different altitudes and climates, communities exchange commodities and practices, shaping deeply rooted but constantly changing daily customs and celebrations. The influx and movement of people between and beyond borders also influence and transform these exchanges.
The 2015 Peru program featured projects, organizations, and groups whose cultural expressions highlight these social, cultural, and economic exchanges. It demonstrated how the networks of celebration and community, crops and markets, textile and craft production, foodways and technology, and music and dance forge the diverse cultural heritage of the country.
Visitors to the Peru Festival program could experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, moderated discussions, ritual and celebratory processions, and other participatory activities. In addition, there was a robust involvement with Peruvian American and diaspora communities. The public had the opportunity to learn, to eat, to dance, to shop, to witness these vibrantly connected cultures, and to create their own connections with Peruvian artists and specialists on the National Mall and beyond.
Olivia Cadaval and Cristina Díaz-Carrera were Curators for the Smithsonian; Rafael Varón Gabai was Curator and Consultant to MINCETUR. Valentina Pilonieta-Vera was Program Coordinator; Alexia Fawcett was Community Engagement Manager, and Betty Belanus was Family Activities Curator. A Curatorial Advisory Committee included: Madeleine Burns, Marjorie Hunt, Mary Linn, Luis Guillermo Lumbreras, Giancarlo Marcone, Soledad Mujica, Diana N’Diaye, Luis Repetto, Marcela Ríos, Daniel Sheehy, Jorge Ortiz Sotelo, Milagritos Saldarriaga, Francisco Tumi, and Madeleine Zúñiga. A Community Advisory Group included: Catherine Cabel Chicas, Nelly Carrión, Billy Castillo, Kristy Chavez-Fernandez, Fabiana Chiu- Rinaldi, María del Carmen Cossu, Miguel García, Elmer Huerta, Vicky Leyva, Doris Loayza, Ana Noriega, Elena Tscherny, and Ricardo Villanueva.
The program was co-presented and co-sponsored by the Republic of Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR). Additional support was provided by the staff of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, directed by Kevin Gover (Pawnee), coordinated by Amy Van Allen; Washington Dulles international Airport and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Special media support is provided by Telemundo Washington DC, BrightestYoungThings.com, Latin Opinion Baltimore Newspaper, Orange Barrel Media, WAMU 88.5, El Tiempo Latino, Washington Hispanic, Washington Blade, El Tiempo Hìspano (MD-DE-PA), CTM Media Group, El Zol 107.9, Digital Conventions, and Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Support for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage's welcoming ceremony was provided, in part, by Avocados From Peru and Pisco Portón (in-kind).