2009, 62 min. (Spanish with English subtitles) For Spaniards—and for the world—nothing has ex-pressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport.
Visually stunning and beautifully crafted, Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary, and offers fascinating profiles of two female matadors currently in the arena, the acclaimed Maripaz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia. These women are gender pioneers by necessity, confronting both bull and social code. But what emerges through this mesmerizing film is their truest motivation—a sheer passion for bullfighting, in the pursuit of a dream.
Artes Academy, our award winning youth program, forms the foundation of our education initiatives. The program accepts children 9 - 18 years regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. Although graduates of our program have gone on to professional careers in the arts, the goal of Artes Academy is to build the social skills, communication skills, and self-confidence necessary for our students to become contributing members to our society through practical training in arts education.
Classes are available for children ages 9 - 18 and are divided by age: 9-12 and 13-18. Two three-month semesters are held in the Spring and Fall, with an annual Summer Camp. Focus is on producing a play from the ground up while learn acting and technical skills. This award-winning program received "Best Arts Experience for Kids" in 2003 and "Best Arts Experience for Children" in 2004 by the listeners WRR Classical 101.1 as well as the prestigious 2006 Coming Up Taller Award. Classes are taught by some of the area's leading stage talents.
Artes de la Rosa is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latino community by: (1) establishing a venue for Latino art and cultural performances; (2) offering educational art/culture programs to the community including youth in low-income neighborhoods; (3) providing opportunities and support for established and emerging artists and performers; and (4) serving as the central support organization and resource center for Latino art and culture in the City of Fort Worth.