Message from Our Cultural Director
Good morning Kasamas and Happy “Show” Day…
I hope all of you and your loved ones are in good health and high spirits during this difficult time. Due to the current government-issued regulations and ongoing uncertainty in place, it is with great regret that we must announce the definite cancelation of the 47th Annual Barrio Fiesta: Pangarap. There will be no rescheduling of this event. Kasamahan supports the decision of USF, SFSU, the State of California, and the CDC to cancel all events in order to prioritize the safety and health of all students and the community at large.
With all of the time and commitment each of you have put into this year’s Barrio Fiesta thus far, I highly encourage you to continue sharing our rich culture and strengthening our KA-mmunity.
So that you may all show off the hard work and dedication that you have devoted for the months leading up to the event, we (Executive Board, Cultural Committee, and myself) are excited to invite you in participating in a few ideas we have to keep the magic alive! This would include compiling videos from choreographers of dance descriptions and their best video take from practice. For our graduating Kasamas, we would still love to hear the heartfelt speeches you would have shared with our cast. Please look at our website https://usfkasamahan.org/ for more information soon!
Many of you have had questions regarding dues and sweatshirts. We are currently in the process of refunding all inactive and active membership fees. Please be patient with us as we work with SLE to process all requests as quickly as possible. Program sponsorships for business advertisements and senior pages will also be refunded. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ethan Torneros via Slack or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For sweatshirts, we are working on different ways to ensure every cast member gets one and will keep you updated on the website as well.
If you have any Rondalla instruments and/or props in your possession, please note that these MUST be returned to an E-board/CC member as soon as possible. The instruments do NOT belong to Kasamahan and are property of ACPA. We understand that under the circumstances, some of you cannot personally deliver your instrument and/or prop. If this is the case, please contact someone on Executive Board or Cultural Committee immediately.
Finally, please continue to look to the CDC and WHO for COVID-19 updates as well as UCSF’s expert panels, and follow all government-issued shelter-in-place protocols. It is extremely important that we limit our contact with the outside world so that we may protect ourselves and those around us, especially at-risk populations. However, we do encourage you to still exercise, while practicing social distancing, in order to stay healthy. Please continue to check Slack and our website regularly for more important information and updates. I hope to see you all in good health, soon.
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