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Lilly Carrasquillo & David Peñaflor Heritage Award Presentation

July 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as we recognize Latin American culture advocates Lilly Carrasquillo & David Peñaflor with a 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award!

Marilia (Lilly) Carrasquillo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At age 18, she began making papier-mâché vejigante dolls and masks, and since arriving in Florida, her vejigante masks have been featured in several exhibits. Ms. Carrasquillo has been a folk artist and arts educator for more than 40 years. Since 1987, Carrasquillo has worked with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Migrant Education Program and the Farmworker Association of Florida building traditional arts into curriculum and using folk arts to engage migrant children and families with their own cultural heritage. She participated in the 2005 Folklife Apprenticeship Program to teach vejigante mask making and is dedicated to creating, teaching and inspiring others.

Rey David Peñaflor Valdez grew up in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, where he completed his business and identity & culture studies. He began his artistic career in 1977 as director of Huitzilin, a group that presented regional folk music and dances. From 2002 through 2008, he served as Coordinator of Cultural and Educational Programs at the Mexican Consulate, where he met Lilly Carrasquillo. The couple married, and together have presented at festivals, led workshops for children and teachers and created a folk arts curriculum as part of the Viva Florida 500 statewide initiative. With unwavering enthusiasm, Lilly and David have made tremendous contributions to preserving traditional culture from Pre-Hispanic Mexico to Puerto Rico.

This ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will recognize the couple’s contributions and will include a video presentation, a performance by Mr. Peñaflor and refreshments.


July 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Crealdé School of Art
600 St Andrews Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792 United States