Hero’s name: Hector Herrera
Home city: Chicago
Their organization: Villapalooza (Little Village Music Festival)
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“Hector Herrera is the co-founder and president of Villapalooza, an all day, free, all-ages music festival in the Little Village community.
Villapalooza was founded in 2011 and is dedicated to promoting nonviolent spaces for arts, culture and community engagement.
Villapalooza has grown over the years.
It involves dozens of volunteers who donate time, money and talent so the Little Village community can enjoy great music, create a platform for local talent while recognizing other artists in the Chicagoland area.
Villapalooza remains grassroots. It does not have commercial sponsors and allows for creativity and local ownership.
Currently, Villapalooza has two officers and nine board members, all with strong ties and commitment to the Little Village community.
Enlace Chicago also recognized Hector Herrera and his contributions to Little Village by awarding him the Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Spirit Award.”
Honored by: Docia Buffington of Enlace Chicago
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.