Past Events

A Night with Melanie Cervantes

Mark your calendars for Monday April 11 at 7PM, kickoff to ALAS week begins with our featured speaker Melanie Cervantes.

Melanie is an artist and activist based in the Bay area of California. Melanie co-founded a graphic arts collaborative, Dignidad Rebelde, which produces screen prints, political posters, and multimedia projects that are grounded in Third World and indigenous movements.

Venue: Multicultural Center

Location: G107 MU Student Center, Columbia 65211

States of Incarceration
The Humanities Action Lab (HAL) is a collaboration of 20 universities, led by The New School, working with issue based organizations and public spacesto:

— Foster new public dialogue on contested, deadlocked social issues, through public humanities projects that explore the diverse local histories and current realities of shared global concerns.

— Open space for experimentation and innovation in how design and the humanities can help confront urgent social problems.

— Combine and connect the diverse local perspectives of communities around the world, to create widely applicable and flexible models.

— Create new public humanities prototypes that take on difficult issues and experiment with untested formats.
The first HAL project will focus on the past, present, and future of incarceration, exploring the explosion of prisons and incarcerated people in the US — including immigration detention centers — and its global dimensions.  It will open at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at The New School in New York City in April 2016 before traveling to at least 19 other cities.

For full exhibition calendar visit HERE.

Venue: Humanities Action Lab

“Sisters at the Center” Presentation

I will be giving a lecture for Women’s History month at Sonoma State University. The lecture is open to the public and free of cost.
Location of the talk is Student Center Ballroom C.

Venue: Sonoma State University

Location: 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 94928

Take This Hammer

Start date: March 11, 2016

End date: August 14, 2016

Take This Hammer

Who is an activist? What role does art play in social change?

Performance, visual art, and technology offer a new kind of toolkit for today’s activism, allowing for a broad range of participation in change-making. At the same time, social media offers an unprecedented platform for increased visibility and public dialog. Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area explores these possibilities through the recent work of artists, activists, and technologists addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

Guest curator Christian L. Frock provides an expansive look at artworks, media projects, and ephemera from tactical interventions, as well as several new site-specific commissions, including recent works by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter | Anti Police-Terror Project, CultureStrike, Pitch Interactive, Tucker Nichols, Favianna Rodriguez, Stamen, and many others. A full-color publication features new essays by Jeff Chang, Christian L. Frock, and Rebecca Solnit.

Venue: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Location: 701 Mission St, San Francisco 94103

International Women’s Day Artist talk

I will be doing an artist talk for on International Women’s Day month at De Anaza College. The talk is open to the public and free of cost.
Location of the talk is Campus Center, Conference Room B.

Venue: De Anza College

Location: 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino 95014

Burning Ice

Start date: February 1, 2016

End date: March 17, 2016

Burning Ice

Art exhibition:

Burning Ice

February 1 – March 17, 2016

Reception: Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 – 7:30, with artists, an author and live music

Museum Hours

Monday – Thursday, 10am – 3pm
Open Saturday March 5, 10am – 1pm, with drop-in workshop, Climate Action Art Cards

Artist Presentation with Cheryl Derricotte, February 17, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Artist Presentation with Melanie Cervantes, March 8, 11:30pm – 1:30pm
1st Thursday open mic nights February 4, March 3, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
3rd Thursday film nights February 18, March 17, 6pm – 8pm

Closed February 15 for the Presidents Day holiday
Open to tour groups by appointment

Burning Ice explores impacts and causes of climate change from Richmond and East Palo Alto to the Arctic Circle. Artworks also honor nature and those who advocate on our behalf. A range of media from drawings, paintings, prints and photography to ceramics, glass, mixed media, textiles and a site-specific installation.

Artists: Amy Balkin, Jesus Barazza, Barbara Boissevain, Victor Castillo, Melanie Cervantes, Brett Cook, Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, Linda Gass, Maile Iwanaga, John Kurtyka, Martin Machado, Lucia Maldonado, Karla X. Navarro, Joseph Rodriguez, Simone Shin, Khadijah Silva, Kim Stringfellow, Holly Van Hart, Wesley T. Wright.
Special project with De Anza College art and humanities students.

Burning Ice is offered in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2016. The program features two books with the theme, Chance of Rain; the impact of climate change on our lives. The featured books are Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta and Sherwood Nation
by Ben Parzybok. This annual community program encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same book, at the same time, and talk about it. Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District and the San Jose Public Library Foundation.

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Information: (408) 864-5464

Venue: Euphrat Museum of Art

Location: De Anza College, Cupertino 95014


The Bones of Our Ancestors

Start date: October 16, 2015

End date: November 20, 2015

The Bones of Our Ancestors

The Bones of Our Ancestors:Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra’s Missions

A Day of the Dead Exhibiton in Resistance to Junipero Serra’s Missions. Curated by Celia Herrera Rodríguez and Theresa Harlan. Opening reception – November 2. MIssion Cultural Center, San Francisco. 8:00p. Remarks by artists and curators. Readings by Cherríe Moraga and others.

Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco. Including artists Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leanos, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie Moraga, Celia H. Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Fan Warren and others. JOIN US BEFORE JOINING THE PROCESSION IN THE MISSION! Free & Open to the Public.

Venue: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Location: 2868 Mission Street @ 25th St, San Francisco 94110

Rituals and Remembrance

Start date: October 14, 2015

End date: January 3, 2016

Rituals and Remembrance

Celebrating the theme of memorial across cultures, the  21st annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibition, Rituals + Remembrance, explores how Latin American, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and other communities view death, memory, and healing. The exhibition includes new and existing work by artists Nancy Hom, Lilli Lanier, Yvonne Escalante, Charles Valeroso, Bryan Keith Thomas, Daniel King (aka Safety First), Paco Garcia, Melanie Cervantes, and Jesus Barraza, as well as installations created by MetWest High School, Sankofa Academy, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. 

Community Welcoming for Rituals + Remembrance

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6–8 pm

Days of the Dead Community Celebration
Sunday, October 25, 11 am–4:30 pm

The popular annual community celebration will feature main stage performances ranging from contemporary popular music to folkloric dance, Mariachi to Aztec dance. An artisanal mercado will highlight the OMCA Store and local vendors featuring traditional and contemporary apparel, craft, artwork, and food. A selection of festive food highlighting the Bay Area’s diversity of cuisines will be avaiable for purchase from Off the Grid, and Bike East Bay will provide a bike valet service.

Venue: Oakland Museum of California

Location: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland 94607

Tribute to the Disappeared

Start date: September 25, 2015

End date: October 17, 2015

This is an art project in honor of the thousands of men and women disappeared in Mexico, and other victims of violence and injustice around the world. With the participation of over 275 international artists. 

“Tribute to the Disappeared – Tributo a los Desaparecidos” is a project in honor of victims of violence and injustice in Mexico and around the world. It was co-founded in November 2014, by Andrea Arroyo after the disappearance of 43 youths from Ayotzinapa in Mexico’s state of Guerrero on September 26, 2014.  

Just as the AIDS Memorial Quilt brought attention to the AIDS epidemic, the project aims to bring public attention to another epidemic, that of innocent lives lost to injustice, war, poverty, and migration.

 This project has three public components: a virtual quilt (online exhibition,) a series of physical exhibitions and a series of community workshops. 

Over 275 international artists and 13 organizations and collectives are participating. The project, art exhibitions and social media are curated and managed independently by Andrea Arroyo. 


Venue: The Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center

Location: 3940 Broadway (@165th Street), New York City 10032



Start date: September 20, 2015

End date: October 16, 2015


Artwork by Dignidad Rebelde (Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza), Janet Diaz and Rosalie Lopez

In today’s Chicana/o culture, Aztlán signifies an important symbol of spiritual and national unity. The works in this exhibit  include images of everyday life, politically motivated activist posters and sculptural works, all of which address issues concerning the contemporary Chicana/o. The artists have a strong affinity for printmaking because of its ability to create multiples, which allows them to spread their message to a wide audience. This democratic approach to art making not only strengthens their ideas and concepts, but more importantly becomes a voice for underrepresented Latino communities. Curated by Professor Rogelio Gutierrez, ASU-School of Art. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Venue: Burton Barr Central Library

Location: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004