Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the “Cumbia Queen” of Tejano/Cumbia music gave hope to young aspiring artists to pursue their dreams regardless of any limitations. She captivated the hearts of various communities of color to recognize their own strengths through art and creativity. Selena’s music success led her into pursuing other projects alongside her career. She was a role model and inspiration to those invested who felt the proximity of their dreams being untouchable.
Selena held an optimistic perception of world and was determined to engage in many ways possible by providing resources to those in need. In “Selena’s Community Involvement,” she took on three philanthropic projects she held deeply to her agenda while pursuing her career.
One of her projects was encourage young children and adults to make education a top priority. “Selena loved to go to public middle schools and high schools to talk to the kids about the importance of staying in school, avoiding drugs and alcohol, remaining chaste and pursuing goals.” (Selena Forever). D.A.R.E (Drugs and Resistance Education) chose Selena as their spokesperson to help promote youth living without turning to drugs. Lastly, she had a huge passion for women’s empowerment by having Battered Women’s Help hotline.
Selena left a timeless perception of how individuals and communities should aspire to be in the world. We’re proud to bring back the 1997 biographical film, Selena for our 2nd Annual Selena Night! Join us April 7, 2018 at 7:30pm for a sing-a-long and dance party. Get tickets now before they sell out !
All proceeds from the screenings benefit Brava! for Women in the Arts, allowing us to sustain a diverse range of live performances, provide emerging artists and community groups access to a professional venue, and empower the next generation of artists and technicians in our education programs.