SHARE WIDELY.Save-the-Date. Sunday, April 20th from 2:30-6pm at Solespace in Oakland 1714 Telegraph Ave. Come to our next printing partying! We will be making posters and art for May Day. Posters will be distributed through the Bay Area for May Day marches.
The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley recently commissioned a poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures requirement. As part of the process of developing the piece I interviewed students, staff and faculty about the role the students have the opportunity to play, in serving their communities through an engaged praxis, via the American Cultures classes. Their history is rooted in the Campaign Against Apartheid, a movement of "students, staff, faculty, and community members demanding that UC divest its portfolio of multiple billions of dollars in investments tied to apartheid South Africa." I will be talking about the history of political graphics as related to social movements in the continental Americas and throughout the Third World during their week of celebratory events. See information below.
In 1989, UC Berkeley adopted the ground breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement. Courses meeting the AC requirement can be found in more than forty departments and programs across the UC Berkeley campus. As well as being the one course that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate, the requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.
The AC Center also provides a unique environment for the development of student and faculty programs and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with campus academic partners, student based organizations and community partners. Such opportunities include the development of engaged scholarship programs, campus wide events, and video outreach projects.
Monday, April 21, 5-7pm - In Conversation: Current AC Student Advisory Board and 1989 UC Berkeley undergraduates. Featuring: Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Rickey Vincent (UC Berkeley), Regina Freer (Occidental College), and Mark Min (City Span). Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall.
Tuesday, April 22, 6-8pm – The Art of AC! Featuring: Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) who will present the 25th anniversary poster & discuss the role of art and activism. Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Hearst Annex D-37.
Wednesday, April 23, 3-5pm – The AC Center: The Early Years Featuring: Troy Duster (Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley) and Ron Choy (Founding AC Program Director). 470 Stephens Hall.
Thursday, April 24, 10am-4pm - 'Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship'. Anna Head Alumnae Hall. Please click here to register: Research Justice.
Friday, April 25, 9am – 12noon - 'Social Justice in Higher Education - Lessons from 1989'. Featuring: Professor Pedro Noguera (Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University) and AC Senate Chair, Professor Lisa Garcia Bedolla (Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley). Anna Head Alumnae Hall. Please click here to register: Lessons from 1989.
I am Alex Nieto and My Life Matters. I created this design with guidance and feedback from local community organizers. A limited edition will be printed for auction to raise funds for the Nieto family. Details to follow soon.
If you don't know who Alex Nieto is or why there would be attention on him check out this article: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/03/31/18753360.php
You can download a PDF version here to print out.
I'm heading to Barcelona, Spain for the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School in July. Now I have to prepare to be ready academically (I have a bunch of books & articles to read) and fundraise so I can get there because going to Europe is pretty expensive.
I am really excited about participating in this program, it will give me the opportunity to work with some awesome academics and artists whose work has been super important in Chican@ Studies and Decolonial thinking. I believe it will give me some great tools to really move my art practice forward as well as my writing and the way I approach issues Xicana people are facing in embracing an indigenous past and future.
To prepare for this I am looking to my community for help to get there by asking for financial support. The total cost for this program is $4,200, that includes tuition, room, airfair and hopefully snacks! If there is any way you are able to assist, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
You can makde a donation here: http://www.gofundme.com/7m80tc
You can read about the program here: http://www.dialogoglobal.com/barcelona/
Come join us for an informal reception!
Saturday, March 29th from 3 to 5pm @ the Latin American Gallery at Back to the Picture!
Un-settling Alliances is a themed portfolio organized to debut at the Southern Graphics Council’s 42nd Annual Conference: Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation and Activism.
This portfolio brings together eleven artists of varied generations, backgrounds, and relationships to anti-colonialism to focus on connections and alliances across struggles for self-determination, decolonization, and collective liberation. Drawing from the work of printmakers who engage in social, political and cultural themes, this project hopes to visualize and build cross-movement relationships. The project is to debut at the 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco this March. It will remain on view at 518 Valencia following the SGC conference.
March 26 - 29, 2014, San Francisco State University
March 24 - 30, 2014, Back to the Picture Gallery, SF (934 Valencia)
March 24 & ongoing, 2014, 518 Valencia, SF
Participating Artists: Jesus Barraza :: Annie Morgan Banks :: Paper Buck :: Melanie Cervantes :: Juan Fuentes :: Ronnie Goodman :: Art Hazelwood :: Nancy Hom :: Mazatl :: Emmanuel C. Montoya :: Chip Thomas
Portfolio Curators: Emmanuel C. Montoya & Paper Buck
PORTFOLIO DESCRIPTION: This body of work will focus on connections and alliances across struggles for self-determination, decolonization, and collective liberation. Drawing from the work of printmakers who come from varied backgrounds and whose works engage in social, political and cultural themes, this portfolio will reflect the artists' visualization of issues they are connected to while furthering the conference's vision and intention to perpetuate printmaking practices that nurture activism, bridge communities, and investigate the relationship between tradition and innovation.