Workshops & Programs


(K-16, MSIs, local and international institutions, and the community in general)


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) promotes global understanding through support for teaching, learning, and research in and on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diverse diasporic communities of Latin American and Caribbean origin. The region has been characterized by tremendous innovation and approaches to education and public health while facing political, economic, and social challenges.

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Alebrijes are whimsical carvings depicting animals, people, objects, and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns.

CLAS purchased 500 Alebrijes from artist Armando Jiménez Aragón, from Oaxaca, Mexico. Armando has visited with us and led events and workshops with CLAS since 2010. The Pandemic presented us with mutual support opportunities with Armando and other artists, including online programming. In Pittsburgh, we partner with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini, who collaborates with us to bring these activities to you.

According to Lisa DiGioia-Nutini, “Support of Mexican art and artists is not only a way of enhancing our personal environments with beautiful, unique art forms but also assists in preserving important cultural traditions and livelihoods.” For more information or to host an alebrijes workshop, please click here


Our K-16 and community workshops aim to promote literacy and encourage creativity while using recycled materials to enhance language acquisition, social studies, creative writing, art, and sustainability. go to this page

  • Day of the Dead Celebration - celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.” CLAS every year builds an altar at the University of Pittsburgh Global Hub. We can help you teach your students about this amazing subject and build an altar at your school.
  • All Saints Days Guatemala  - Around the world, people do things to remember their loved ones in different ways. It can be through celebrations and festivities or quiet prayer and mourning. In Guatemala, the most important holiday to pay respect to the deceased is on November 1, All Saints Day, or Día de Todos Los Santos. On this day, the country transforms into a lively exhibition of remembrance filled with flowers, artistic decorations, and food.  Locals also make and fly kites to connect with the deceased, and huge kites take over the skies of Santiago and Sumpango, (in Sacatepequez) where the largest kite festivals take place yearly. To request more information, click here.


A workshop exploring identity and who we are through the vision of history, migration, and dance. To schedule a visit or event, click here

WHAT'S IN A NAME? A series on name identity, diversity, and inclusion

This series aims to open a doorway to exploring issues that affect us every day, and that, ultimately, reverberate through the most intimate aspects of who we are. Can names create subconscious bias? What is the history of our given name? Does the region where our name is most popular impact how we are perceived? How do social status and laws affect our name? Why is it so challenging to ask someone how their name is pronounced? To schedule a visit or event, click here.


For teachers in the USA and Latin Americanew initiative! more to come. For more information, email