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"Story Time” in Winston Square Park on Saturday, October 5

Arts Council Sponsoring “Story Time” in Winston Square Park on Saturday, October 5

Criss Cross Mangosauce will be featured

Winston-Salem, NC (September 26, 2019) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, in collaboration with the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, is sponsoring  “Story Time” in Winston Square Park at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, October 5, featuring Charlotte-based Criss Cross Mangosauce .   Story Time is for pre-school age children and their families.  Admission is free.

“Our Arts Council mantra is ‘touch every corner,’ and presenting Criss Cross Mangosauce is one grand way to accomplish that,” said Diana Blanchard, Director of Community Engagement and Communications at The Arts Council.   Criss Cross Mangosauce is an edutainment venture founded in 2007 to foster children’s love for languages, cultures and performing arts.

The concept was created by Irania Patterson, a children’s author, storyteller and educator; and Ana Lucia Divins, a singer-songwriter and multicultural marketer.  The Criss Cross Mangosauce team is composed  of six talented bicultural and bilingual musicians who introduce Spanish language and Latin culture in a fun and educational way using a combination of original music, stories and drama  These Latina moms, performing artists and educators share with others their Hispanic heritage and Spanish language in a bilingual, fun and educational way.

“Patterson and Divins were inspired by their own experience of raising bilingual children and working with bilingual audiences for many years,” said Blanchard, “and I think that accounts for their extraordinary enthusiasm and passion.” Criss Cross Mangosauce also offers bilingual (English/Spanish) programs and products for libraries, schools and families interested in raising bilingual and globally minded children.  Its products include bilingual CDs and books; educational performances; workshops and on-line resources.

Winston Square Park is located in downtown Winston-Salem at 310 North Marshall Street next to The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.  Parking is available in The Arts Council parking lot on Spruce Street across from The Milton Rhodes Center and the park.

Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play.  The most recent studies available showed that Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.

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