BY ALEJANDRO MEZA AGUILAR
The Hue Arts and Music Festival is an event to get the community involved with local art.
The event was started by the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, Raíces and FIRME school group. The festival is directed by a Coachella Valley High School(CVHS), Desert Mirage High School(DMHS) and the College of the Desert(COD) student committee.
The festival was created in 2011 as a culminated effort by Raíces to promote the culture of the Coachella Valley. BHC has helped the students fundraise, manage the event and with all the paperwork. Now, the students of DMHS, CVHS and COD gather weekly to plan for the upcoming festival.
BHC extended the celebration of the Coachella Valley’s culture with the upcoming eastern Coachella Valley Pride parade. Students from CVHS, DMHS, and COD were supported by BHC to gather research to help LGBT people of the eastern side of the valley have easier access to an LGBT center. The pride parade coincides with The Hue’s purpose of showing values of the valley. Both festivities will be directed by students from the eastern Coachella Valley to engage the people in community involvement and help build acceptance to all community members.
The music, art and food vendors are all local based. Students plan the theme for the festival through social media. This year the theme is Quetzalcoatl, the winged Aztec serpent god. The Hue Arts and Music festival is held April 8 at the Mecca Community Park from 12:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.