Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood was the “capital” of the Bohemian diaspora in the U.S. (1870-1920) and has been the cultural and political center of Mexican Chicago since 1970. Recognizing the historic and cultural value that Pilsen holds for Latino/Mexican Chicago today and the legacy of its “Bohemian” origins, the goal of the Pilsen Family Encounter is to bridge the gaps separating the Czech and the Mexican communities by creating various learning tools related to the history of Pilsen. It will use history, family stories, comics, photography, and the performing arts to educate Mexicans/Latinos and Czechs on the important historic role that Pilsen and both communities have played in the development of Chicago. Seeking to preserve Pilsen’s history, the Pilsen Family Encounter project will include the creation of an archive of photographs that will be available to the general public for years to come. Therefore, the project is calling on the Pilsen community members, past and present, to participate in this endeavor by submitting to us family photographs that depict the everyday life of the Pilsen residents over the past century.
On August 18, the Pilsen Family Encounter will be launched and celebrated with:
A classical music concert by Pilsen Trío.
An exhibition of photographs.
An interactive website with photographs and documents from both communities. We will provide the tools so that community members could upload their photos.
A reception featuring Czech and Mexican culinary traditions.
At the beginning of 2018, the Pilsen Family Encounter will release a photography book portraying the rich history of Czech and Mexican communities in Pilsen.
KLÁRA MOLDOVÁ was born in the Czech Republic and received her musical training from Dana Vlachová at the Prague Conservatory. For two years, Klára served as first violinist and manager of the Esferas Quartet, which she founded in Prague. She performed as second violinist in the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlín prior to accepting the position of Vice-President of T. G. Masaryk Czech School in Cicero as a special envoy of the Centre for International Cooperation in Education. Since 2014, she has coached Czech at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. In addition to her degree from the Prague Conservatory, Klára holds a Master’s degree in Czech Language and Literature from Charles University.
EVERARDO SÁNCHEZ was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. At the age of 14, he began his studies in cello with Cynthia Magaña. Everardo is currently in his third year studying with Dr. Tanya Carey at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. He recently completed his Suzuki training in Books 1-3 with Dr. Carey, and plans to finish all ten books by the end of his undergraduate studies. He then plans to pursue master's and doctoral degrees to become a university professor. Everardo resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he runs a small studio.