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Date(s) - 02/26/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Daniel Buckley will be talk about how a classical music writer from upstate, New York became a solid convert to the power of youth mariachis and folklórico dancers after seeing them transform the social, political, economic, educational and artistic fabric of Tucson.

A record store side job while studying lunar geology at the University of Arizona in the 1970s introduced Daniel Buckley to the surrounding multicultural community that the insular campus experience had denied him. That experience getting to know the Mexican American and Native American communities in particular informed Buckley’s evolving career as a cultural and historical journalist, editorial board member, composer, photographer, performance artist and filmmaker over the next four decades. For 30 years Buckley worked in newspapers as a writer and multimedia manager, expanding the classical arts beat he specialized in to include Mexican and Native American cultural expressions with equal footing. When the daily Tucson Citizen newspaper where he worked for 23 years closed in 2009, Buckley began making documentary films about living history in the Native American and Mexican American communities. He was hired by the Arizona Centennial Celebration in 2011 to be its chief video producer, and created documentary work as well with the Arizona Historical Society and Arizona State Museum. In 2013 Buckley became the first Anglo inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. He was named Artist of the Year at the 2014 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards.