Project Update: Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts 2020

Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts was one of the recently-funded grant recipients of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization. The funding was used to provide an audio engineer to ensure high quality sound for the local musicians at the event, held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. The new set up for the festival was much appreciated, and the vendors and performers alike were very happy with the turnout.


This year’s festival was the 8th annual festival, and was one of the best yet! There were an estimated 1,100 participants in attendance and all of the vendors were very happy with the turnout. The Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts benefits artists in the community by providing a platform to display and sell their work, as well as providing entertainment and a venue for live music. The main stage hosts performances by upcoming and established artists that consist of Yaqui youth, as well as experienced musicians and performers. Having a professional audio engineer hired for this event built confidence in the musicians, and enhanced the quality of the sound for the audience, as well as the performers. Through better sound, we are confident that more participants, particularly younger musicians, will be empowered to continue in the arts and music.

Some of the musical artists presenting were: Demons of South Tucson, Communal, and Gertie N The Boyz. The variety of music ranged from hip hop to rock to more traditional Waila music.

Thank you to Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts Committee (Angel Valencia, David Morneo, Gabriel ‘The Snake’ Otero) for their tireless fundraising and support of this amazing festival. We appreciate you!

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