POPUL/ARTE

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At the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC), we believe art MUST be at the service of justice. More people identify as organizers and activists than ever before, with good reason. The world faces mutually intensifying crises—ecological, social, cultural, political, economic, and even spiritual. This urgently demands unprecedented consciousness and collective action.

 

In response, the LCAC is launching “Popul/Arte”, an innovative artist-scholar Residency that merges art, culture and theory. Academia can give people the tools to lift their communities through knowledge, creativity, art, and innovation. However, it is inaccessible financially and at most reluctant to communicate clearly with non-specialist audiences. Popul/Arte seeks to change that by bringing theory back to the people. 

 

The Logistics 

 

“Popul/Arte” offers two weekly workshops over four weeks, launching May 18th, 2021, at 6pm, that are free to the public. The outcome will culminate in the public presentation of a co-created art project that lives in the LCAC Library and is accessible to all.

 Inaugural Artists + Scholar

The LCAC is proud to announce Michael Wilson-Becerril, Ph.D. as the inaugural scholar. Michael is an activist-scholar from Mexico City, Mexico. His organizing and academic work specializes in political ecologies of violence, resistance, and peace, with an emphasis in Latin America. 

 

We are likewise pleased to announce Mayara Smith, Camila Parreiras, Daiely Gonçalves, Jéssica Goés, Leticia Moreno from Negráfrica, as the inaugural artists. Negráfrica is a Brazilian artist collective specializing in different mediums such as comics, photography, painting, drawing and poetry. Their art is focused on investigating identity, race, and their experiences as Black women.

 

Together, Michael and Negráfrica will focus on the themes of “Peace and Conflict in Latin America: Violence, Resistance, and Social Justice”—creating eight workshops this Spring on how to make change, from everyday artivism and grassroots organizing to institutional and international change.


The world needs answers now more than ever: how do we transform violence and build peace? "Popul/Arte" will take an interdisciplinary approach while centering Latin American arts, cultures, and histories in pursuit of this question.

 

The materials from this artist-scholar residency will be available online to the widest audience possible through free and engaging multimedia. Michael and Negráfrica will be available to provide technical assistance and resources to artists and educators interested in these topics.

Popul/Arte registration is now OPEN, the workshop series launches virtually on May 18, 2021, at 6 PM and runs through June 12, 2021. Lectures with the scholar-in-residence take place on Tuesdays, at 6pm. Brazilian art workshops with the artists-in-residence will be held on Saturdays, at 1pm.

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