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Mexico City: History through
 Art and Culture



7/15/2024 - 8/5/2024


Mexico City, Mexico​


Visual Art and Design​


Experience a sensory journey of Mexico City exploring the artistic, historical, and cultural tapestry of this remarkable city. This study-abroad course provides a unique opportunity to witness the creative spirit of Mexico. Immerse yourself in the rich artistic traditions that have shaped the nation's identity through visits to the city's many museums, galleries, murals, and architectural wonders.

Who Should Take This Class

Any and all students with an interest in Mexican art, culture, and history.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement: 1-2 pages 
  • Recommendation: contact information for two current or former teachers

Course Coordinator

Daniel Calleros Villarreal​ (Fresno) is an associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures where he teaches advanced Spanish composition classes and courses on Mexican culture and literature, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses on the intersection of literature and video games, the rep​resentation of Mexican identities in media texts, and the processes through which cultural elements are articulated into the creation of representational paradigms.



  • All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Mexico.
  • You must provide your passport number to Summer Arts by May 31. If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for one immediately.
  • United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. However, citizens of other countries may.


  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Summer Arts does not provide any group flights or reservations for this course.
  • We recommend flying directly into Mexico City (MEX).
  • You will need to provide Summer Arts with your travel information.
  • Students must arrive in Mexico City by July 14.
  • Class will start on Monday, July 15 at a time to be determined.


More information about housing options will be provided this spring.


The following information is for estimates only. Your individual expenses may differ.

  • Airfare (from LAX or SFO to MEX): $400-600
  • Other transportation: $300
  • Lodging (if booked through Summer Arts): $
  • Insurance: $75​
  • Cell phone: $100
  • Food/spending money: $700

Click here for course fees


Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2,000 and about 80% of students receive scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are only available towards tuition costs.
To apply for aid, complete the application when you apply online for admission to the course. Click here for more information.


  • Application: April 15, 2024
  • Acceptance notification: Rolling, or by April 22, 2024
  • Housing reservation and payment (if reserving housing through Summer Arts): TBD
  • Insurance payment: May 3, 2024
  • Course fees: June 4, 2024

For additional information about the course, passports and visas, or any other questions, contact


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Guest Artists

Andrew Sianez-De La O

Andrew Siañez-De La O (He/They) is a Mexican-American stage and audio dramatist from the US Borderlands. He was a recent finalist for the 2022 Future of Playwriting Award (Ucross Foundation, The Blank Theatre). His plays have been developed and produced across the country.

Alba Que​zada

Alba Quezada is a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at The New School, and has taught voice, speech, and singing for over 22 years at New School University College of Performing Arts. She has performed principal roles in opera and musical theater across the country and Europe, and has worked in film, TV, and radio.

Cynthia Santos DeCure

​Cynthia Santos DeCure is a bilingual actor, and voice and dialect coach. She is an adjunct associate professor of Acting at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and certified in Knight-Thompson Speechwork. She is co-editor of Latinx Actor Training (Routledge).

Gina S​andi Diaz

Gina Sandí-Díaz, PhD. is an assistant professor of Theatre at Fresno State, where she specializes in Latinx theatre, devised theatre, acting, and directing.

Anakarina Swanson

Anakarina Swanson has been part of the dance and theater community in Sonoma county for most of her life, and has a true passion for teaching, mentoring, and helping students grow through the arts. She still enjoys performing and is excited about her new dance studio, Breakthrough Studio.

Sandra Ma​rquez

Sandra Marquez is an award-winning actor, director and educator. She is an ensemble member at both Steppenwolf Theater Company and Teatro Vista where she served as Associate Artistic Director for many years alongside Artistic Director Edward Torres. She serves as the Co-Director of Graduate Studies, M.F.A. in Acting Program at Northwestern University.

Henry G​odinez

​Henry Godinez is resident artistic associate at Goodman Theatre, where he’s directed American Mariachi, Fannie, Feathers and Teeth, Zoot Suit, Cloud Tectonics, and Electricidad. He has directed for The O’Neill Theatre Center, Yale Repertory, Signature Theatre, Seattle Repertory, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Godinez is co-founder and inaugural artistic director of Teatro Vista, and a professor and chair of Theatre at Northwestern University.

Brian Quijada

​Brian Quijada is an Emmy-nominated playwright, actor, and composer. His solo show Where Did We Sit on the Bus? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Geva Theatre, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, City Theatre Pittsburgh, and Actors Theatre of Louisville (Drama League Nomination).