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Post from Community: Marcus Performing Arts Center announces third annual César E. Chavez Birthday Celebration

The Third Annual Marcus Performing Arts Center César E. Chávez Birthday Celebration will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, presented by Bader Philanthropies, Inc. This free program will begin at 1:00 pm via digital streaming and highlight the youth in our community who interpreted Chávez’s messages through art, spoken word, and essay contests.

This annual event focuses on educating our community about the legacy of César E. Chávez, an unselfish advocate of social justice and respect for human dignity. The theme for this year’s event is “CommUNITY.”

César E. Chávez has said, “from the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”

In 2021, we are pleased to take this event virtual – expanding our reach and impact. Various cultural organizations will take center stage, demonstrating the excellence and resilience of our arts and education communities.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Marcus Center as presenting sponsor of the 3rd Annual César E. Chávez event,” said Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Program Officer, Bridgett Gonzalez. “We are looking forward to gathering in a digital space to celebrate the important work of Chávez.”

Young people who are involved in the performing arts will also be highlighted in the virtual event as they honor Chávez’s life and legacy through music, dance, and song. This year’s performers include: Cecilio Negron, Jr., Karlies Kelley with Panadanza, Las Cafeteras, Latino Arts Strings Program, and more!

This community event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets or reservations required to attend. The virtual event stream will be available at beginning at 1:00 PM on March 31, 2021.

Event sponsors include Bader Philanthropies, Inc. (Presenting Sponsor); CBS 58 News and Telemundo Wisconsin (Legacy Sponsors); Educators Credit Union and Milwaukee County Transit System (Freedom Sponsors); El Conquistador Periódico (Peace Sponsor).

About Marcus Performing Arts Center

Established in 1969, the Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin, bringing high-quality arts and cultural programming to the region. As a mission-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MPAC strives to act as a bridge between cultures and an energizing force for collaboration and advocacy in the community. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Johnson Financial Group, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee since 1996, and provides opportunities to educate, entertain, and engage audiences. As a presenter, MPAC offers its own diverse arts and cultural programming and outreach, such as MC Presents, Live At Peck, KidZ Days, ArtsConnect, and additional performances from internationally-renowned performing artists. The Marcus Center is also home to a variety of resident arts partners, including First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, Black Arts MKE, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and more. MPAC is proud to be a dedicated War Memorial facility, honoring those who bravely served our country. For more information, visit