Throughout time, a public square has served as an open place where people of all kinds have gathered to share new information, surface big questions, and enact change. On April 16, our work will be featured at YBCA's Public Square, called Investigations of Labor & Ecology. Our work will reflect on the sacredness of water and how our lives are entwined with it.
Through installation, performance, and dialogue artists of Investigations of Labor & Ecology respond to "What is a healthy ecosystem?" and "Why work?" The event invites everyday people to explore their own relationship with these larger systems.
Offering an immersive sensory experience, these projects seek to empower shifts of the public imagination.
Public Square is on April 16 from 4 PM - 8 PM. Tickets are $10.
For more information and tickets, visit http://www.ybca.org/investigations-labor-ecology.
"Hablamos Juntos: Together we Speak" is a collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts and the Young Writers Program.
The exhibition highlights artwork by contemporary Latin@ artists. What adds a unique dimension is that high school students enrolled in a continuation school look closely at the art, then worked for eight weeks with mentors from the Young Writers Program to write personal narratives inspired by it. Young people respond to the artists’ work with their own singular, rich voices.
Museo Eduardo Carrillo has joined Slow Art DayApril 9 to launch its first exhibit on the 3D installation site Exhibbit. Check it out and leave a comment on the Museo's website.
“Estamos continuando una tradición que fue pasada a nosotros por medio del movimiento chicano. Usamos las mismas herramientas y centrados en la comunidad para abrir las conversaciones que nos permitan solucionar los problemas comunes que tenemos”.
Thank you Ricardo Ibarra for this interview for La Prensa Sonoma!
March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Akonadi Foundation's commissioned me to create a poster they will distribute in recognition of the ongoing struggle against White Supremacy through their Racial Justice Poster Project.
If you would like a free poster visit http://akonadi.org/
This piece is called the Power to Heal Our Hearts.
My own experiences with racist structures started early on in my life when I was forced to assimilate into an English-only classroom even though I was a native Spanish speaker. Though I was only five years old, it wasn’t difficult to comprehend that there was little value placed on the language my parents taught me. As I got older, I continued to have experiences that made me internalize a hatred for who I was. I hated having brown skin and wished my mom would let me bleach my hair blonde. The harm I experienced was so deep that by the time I was seven, I had internalized the bigotry I experienced via my fellow schoolmates, teachers and the racist policies of the school system. It wasn’t until I attended college and I joined a campus organization that I started working on undoing internalized oppressions and started to feel affirmed in my identity and the collective experiences of my community.
Systems of oppression like White Supremacy are structured into laws and policies that are then reproduced by everyday people. The logic of these systems over time and practice gets embedded in our thinking and our actions and can result in people consciously and unconsciously inflicting harm and trauma in the community.
Today, several community organizers in my life talk about the need to work at the intersection of culturally rooted healing and community organizing. This approach resonates with my own experiences and inspired me to create this piece, which illustrates how I see organizing. For me, organizing is a process for individual and collective healing through building power to achieve large changes in society that value each of us as sacred beings with interconnected lives.
Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of "Take this Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area" at YBCA this Friday!
We are super excited to be part of this exhibit that features recent work by artists, activists, and technologists addressing the most pressing issues of our time. We have an installation of over 80 Dignidad Rebelde posters spaning from 2007 to 2015 that address issues of gentrification, economic justice, indigenous people's rights, the environment, immigration and so much more.