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Cancel the Rent Festival

Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM PST

Melanie Cervantes “On Becoming An Artist” online presentation

Start date: March 31, 2020
End date: April 6, 2020
Time: 11:30am PST
Location: Zoom Presentation
Events | Lectures


Announcing a free online presentation: : “Melanie Cervantes on becoming an artist” (Rated PG-13) , Sunday, April  5, 2020 11:30am-1:30pm PST. If you would like to participate please email to sign up for the Zoom meeting. I will email you all of the details. Participation is limited to 300 people.

I will be telling the story of how I ended up becoming an artist, who shaped my art and how my practice has evolved over time. We will have a significant amount of time allocated for questions and answers and some discussion.
I am so happy to announce my first online offering in a series of talks and workshops I am calling “Creative Connection in the time of “social distance”” and will have a particular focus in two tracks.

Track one will present slideshow based lectures on a variety of topics including art history, sharing stories about the trajectory of our work, how we sustain ourselves as artists and many other topics.

Track two will focus on hands on art making/skill sharing that people can participate in by using materials they likely have at home already.
Since many of you have asked if the content of these online offerings is appropriate for kids I have decided to use the motion picture rating system to guide potential participants/adults in deciding if their kids should participate. (G, PG PG-13,R)

I will be offering the same presentation twice a week. One will happen on a weekday in the evening and the other will happen on a weekend in the the late morning/early afternoon (Pacific Standard Time).

Chicana/o/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History

Start date: February 22, 2020
End date: April 5, 2020

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism is a multi-site exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SDSU Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Born in 1969 out of community struggle and a spirit of revolution that persists today, the Chicano Movement’s and CCS’s activist stance is reflected in the exhibition held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza.

Featuring important historical and contemporary examples of printed works on paper, all four sites highlight printmaking as one of the oldest, most enduring, and widely used processes for Chicano/a/x artists working from the 1940s to today.

Chicano/a/x Printmaking at the Centro Cultural will be on display from February 8 to April 5, 2020, with an Opening Reception on February 22 from 6p-8pm. The exhibition highlights the connections and mutual cross-influences of Mexicano and Chicana/o artists who drew on their own respective political concerns and collective demands. In this exhibition, you will see the Mexican precursors and inspirations for Chicana/o/x printmaking, as well as various themes that include self-determination, cultural affirmation, international solidarity, and a deep-rooted engagement with Xicana/o Indigeneity.

This iteration of Chicana/o/x Printmaking is drawn largely from the the Private Collection of Centro Cultural de la Raza, which includes a partial portfolio of original prints from Jose Guadalupe Posada, the Taller de Grafica Popular, as well as a broad array of 1960s and 1970s Chicana/o artists.

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism is organized by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in collaboration with the Centro Cultural de la Raza, with support from SDSU Arts Alive. Other sites include the SDSU Downtown Gallery, Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and The Front.

For more information contact Roberto D. Hernández at

Partnering Exhibition Sites:

The FRONT Arte & Cultura
Exhibition of works by Salvador Roberto Torres
February 8 – 20, 2020

147 W San Ysidro Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92173

SDSU Downtown Gallery
Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism
February 8 – April 5, 2020

725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism
February 8 – April 5, 2020

Carretera escénica Tijuana – Ensenada, Km 18.5, San Antonio del Mar, 22560 Tijuana, Baja California, México

Queer Magic Makers

Date: December 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm- 8:00pm
Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, Oakland, CA 94612

Dignidad Rebelde will be tabling at the 7th annual Queer Magic Makers.

Its that time of year again, and we humbly say, that it will be our last Magic Makers! We are so excited to invite you to the Queerest Healing Craft Fair of the Year, one last time!

Come through for Vending, healing, and community magic! We will have the cutest magical gifts, crafts, medicine, and hotties ♥

Door: 1-1000$ NOTAFLOF
Time: 12pm*-6pm
Place: Humanist Hall
Date: December 8th
Bring: your $$, bring your friends, bring your healing vibes, bring your heart!


Holiday Mercado: Vendor Pop-Up y más

Date: December 1, 2019
Time: 11 AM- 5Pm
Location: La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Dignidad Rebelde will once again be participating in the Holiday Mercado: Vendor Pop-Up y más at La Peña in Berkeley.

Come find the perfect handcrafted gifts for your loved ones this holiday season at La Peña’s annual Holiday Mercado!

Over 30 local vendors will be selling beautiful handcrafted goods, as well as unique imports from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and beyond!

There will also be traditional foods for sale! So come hungry and bring the entire family!

Make sure you check out our partner organizations’ table!
Amazon Watch: Protect the Amazon Rainforest and its peoples by purchasing jewelry and crafts from the Amazon and Amazon Watch t-shirts from their table!!!!

WHEN: Sunday, December 1, 2019
TIME: 11am-5pm
COST: FREE! (Bring cash for food, art, and crafts vendors)
WHERE: La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA
(Located just TWO blocks from Ashby Bart Station)

¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of el Día de los Muertos

Start date: October 16, 2019
End date: February 16, 2020
Location: Oakland Museum of California

We are excited to invite you to the opening of ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of el Día de los Muertos on Friday, October 18 from 5:30–7:30 pm at the Oakland Museum of California.The opening takes place during Friday Nights at OMCA, which happens from 5–10 pm and features live music, DJs, art activities for families, food trucks from Off the Grid, and more! Click here for directions to the Museum and parking information.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of OMCA’s beloved El Día de los Muertos celebration with an exhibition inspired by the Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s. ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos will honor and explore the lesser-known origins of Day of the Dead, and the ways these traditions continue to inspire social and political change today.

Visitors will encounter altars, artworks, and interactive elements that show how Chicano activists used Day of the Dead traditions to foster pride in their indigenous heritage and unify their communities. Experience a Oaxacan style ofrenda and hear first-hand stories of the Chicanos who went to Oaxaca to gather Day of the Dead traditions from elders. Honor members of the first Chicano generation and their enduring legacy through a series of colorful ofrendas created by contemporary artists, interactive features, and intergenerational conversations captured on film. Other elements—from historical objects, a mural, and a sculpture that sparked the first Day of the Dead celebrations at OMCA—will immerse viewers in the evolving identities, traditions, and artistic expressions of the Chicano community, both then and now.

¡El Movimiento Vivo! Raíces chicanas del Día de los muertos

Lo invitamos a celebrar el 25 aniversario de la popular celebración del Día de los muertos de OMCA visitando una exhibición inspirada en los activistas chicanos que introdujeron las tradiciones del Día de los muertos en los Estados Unidos en la década de 1970. ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Raíces chicanas del Día de los muertos honrará y explorará los orígenes menos conocidos del Día de los muertos y cómo hoy en día estas tradiciones continúan inspirando cambios sociales y políticos.

Los visitantes verán altares, obras de arte y elementos interactivos que muestran cómo los activistas chicanos utilizaron las tradiciones del Día de los muertos para fomentar el orgullo en su herencia indígena y unificar sus comunidades. Podrán admirar una ofrenda al estilo oaxaqueño y escuchar historias personales de los chicanos que fueron a Oaxaca para recopilar las tradiciones del Día de los muertos guardadas en las memorias de los ancianos. Una serie de ofrendas coloridas creadas por artistas contemporáneos, funciones interactivas y vídeos de conversaciones intergeneracionales rinden homenaje a los miembros de la primera generación chicana y su legado perdurable. Otros elementos, desde objetos históricos, un mural y una escultura que inspiraron las primeras celebraciones del Día de los muertos en OMCA, sumergirán a los espectadores en la evolución de las identidades, tradiciones y expresiones artísticas de la comunidad chicana de entonces y de ahora.

Legend and Legacy

Start date: October 7, 2019
End date: December 13, 2019

“Legend and Legacy: José Guadalupe Posada and Contemporary Latinx Art,” a multimedia exhibition tracing the influence of Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada on contemporary Latinx artists, will run Oct. 7–Dec. 13, Monday–Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Along with Posada’s pieces, “Legend and Legacy” will include works by contemporary Latinx artists Lalo Alcaraz; Olivia Y. Armas; José Antonio Burciaga; Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde; Rupert García; Ester Hernández; Kalli Arte (Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves); Robert Karimi; Alvaro


Start date: September 13, 2019
End date: November 9, 2019
Location: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

Artists: Sadie Barnette, Demian DinéYazhi´, Patrick Martinez, Dylan Miner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dignidad Rebelde, Jerome Reyes

As we create space for community and reflection, we invite you to join us in acknowledging that we are on unceded traditional homeland of the Yelamu and Ohlone Ramaytush peoples who have stewarded this land throughout generations. We pay tribute to indigenous elders past, present, and future.

Southern Exposure presents Solidarity Struggle Victory, a contemporary appraisal of one of the Bay Area’s most revolutionary contributions to the world: the right to learn about ourselves. This exhibition showcases six artists and one collective whose diverse practices reflect the region’s legacy of critical engagement, radical activism and the ethos of solidarity, self-determination, and emancipatory education. Solidarity Struggle Victory commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the country’s first ever College of Ethnic Studies, established at San Francisco State College in 1969, ushering in a national movement for the transformation of higher education. Beginning in November 1968, the Black Students Union and the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) organized a student strike joined by faculty, staff, and community members to protest systemic racism and overall disregard for the concerns of indigenous students and students of color. The months-long struggle formed in solidarity among Black, indigenous, and people of color and their allies demanded greater access and diversity in students and educators and revised curriculum that included the histories of all people. In the fall of 1969, the College of Ethnic Studies welcomed students in its four founding departments: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, and La Raza Studies. The new College cemented the era’s newfound recognition for the intellectual, artistic, and cultural contributions of Black, indigenous peoples and people of color throughout the nation. In conjunction with the exhibition, E.M. Wolfman Bookstore will curate a selection of books and texts that engage with radical education, pedagogy, social justice, and other related themes which will be available to purchase or browse. An exhibition catalogue will be produced in collaboration with Sming Sming Books.

Start date: August 29, 2019
End date: November 24, 2019
Location: McNay Art Museum

Melanie Cervantes, La Lucha Sigue Sigue, 2010. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo

In 2010, one of the greatest living Mexican printmakers—Artemio Rodriguez—created a portfolio of linoleum block prints to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. These brilliantly contrasting black and white prints include portraits of prominent figures on both sides of the struggle. The artist’s portrait of dictator Porfirio Diaz and the Eurocentric nature of his rule strikingly contrasts the portrait of the great revolutionary leader, Emiliano Zapata, on horseback in rural Mexico with small farms and mountains in the background.

Complementing Rodriguez’s portfolio will be prints from the McNay’s extensive collection of portraits of Zapata. This group will include works by contemporary artists whose portraits of the revolutionary are a testament to Zapata’s enduring legacy in the social, political, and cultural life of Mexico. Some of the prints in this selection are new acquisitions on view for the first time ever.

This exhibition is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Lead funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.Additional funding is provided by the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series and the William Randall Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.

Global South Studies Symposium and Workshop

Start date: March 29, 2019
End date: March 30, 2019
Location: University of Virginia

Organizer: Anne Garland Mahler, University of Virginia

This event brings together an interdisciplinary and multinational group of scholars, artists, and activists to generate dialogue on the impact of capitalist globalization on diverse spaces and peoples and the transformative futures envisioned from these spaces.

A workshop, led by directors of Global South centers, will be dedicated to the discussion of program building, curriculum, and the advancement of the field of Global South Studies.

This event is funded through the Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry, Page-Barbour Workshops, Alderman Library, Americas Center, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, Mcintire Department of Art, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.