Artivismo as a Decolonial Tool!

“Artivismo as a Decolonial Tool!” is a multi-media series centering artists and their role in social justice. This online workshop series will feature artists that practice participatory visual art, dance, storytelling, and alter-making music as social justice tools.

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Sponsored by The Holmes Fund, Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies of the Claremont Colleges (IDCLS), Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), and Professor Martha Gonzalez's "Fandango As a Decolonial Tool" Class


Ana María Álvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO: Movement Artivism

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (PT)

Headshot of Ana Maria. She is sitting with her arms wrapped around a leg that is folded up to her chest. She is laughing

Tap into improvisation and flow with Ana María Álvarez, Los Angeles-based choreographer, dancer, and educator/organizer whose work traverses the worlds of social dance, political activism, and community organizing

This workshop will show you how dance gives us access to our bodies and how bodies are the source of our healing as individuals and collectively. Join us to connect, share, question and move with and through these ideas.

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Fandango Jarocho with Patricio Hidalgo Belli

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:30-4:00 PM (PT)

Patricio Hidalgo Belli, an internationally renowned musician and maestro from Veracruz, México, brings a brief historical review of the fandango jarocho to the Claremont Colleges.  Maestro Patricio will give a live demonstration of the three main musical roots of son jarocho along with a brief history of their influences on the genre.  Maestro Patricio’s lineage and artistic career place him as a central protagonist in the movimiento jaranero and he remains an advocate in the promotion of this community art form

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Bomba as a Decolonial Study and Restoration

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2:30 - 3:45 PM (PT)

Puerto Rican bomba, as an improvised conversation between drum, dance and song has increasingly become a critical site for honoring and learning about AfroCaribbean history, experience and knowledge systems. This interactive presentation will discuss how this centuries-old tradition teaches us about the freedom achieved when movement and sound are produced by tuning into and listening to each other. By turning our attention to each other, instead of simply to personal empowerment, we enact a praxis of communality that helps to restore that which has been stolen and erased by colonialism.

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Martha Carrillo: Self-Help Graphics Instructor and Chicana Punk Activist

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM (PT)

Learn about the history of Self Help Graphics and Art, a community art studio in Los Angeles, along with a DIY art workshop with Martha Carrillo. Martha is a visual and theatrical artist with expertise in prop-making, set decoration, and extensive experience in printmaking and large-scale papier-mache objects. Martha is part of the Self Help Graphics & Art Barrio Mobile Art Studio team of teaching artists and has worked with The Music Center, Center Theater Group, and others.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM (PT)

Learn about Afroperuvian history and resilience in the Arts with Nadia Clemet. Nadia Calmet is a Professional Peruvian Folk Dance Artist specializing in Afro-Peruvian Dances. Nadia is the founder and director of the Afroperuvian Cultural Center "CEACA Peru" [Centro Cultural Afroperuano] and currently as a community artist with the The Inca Group, Raíces Peruanas and The Afroperuvian Jazz Orchestra and as a teacher in the Dance program of Yachaywasi elementary school



Ramon Gutierrez: Master Musician

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM (PT)

Ramon Gutierrez is a master musician and luthier from Veracruz, Mexico. As the founder of critically acclaimed son jarocho group; Son de Madera he has also been instrumental in writing original works that have taken the genre and form to new heights. Ramon Gutierrez will engage in a multimedia talk where he will play and discuss  his life in music, the fandango, the son jarocho as a traditional genre and the important role improvisation plays within the form.


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Nobuko Miyamoto: The Art of Change

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM (PT)

Japanese Obon and the Great Leap.

Nobuko Miyamoto will speak about her life long work as an Asian American artist in the US and how she has utilized music, dance and art as tool for social justice. She will also take us through an Obon workshop and discuss how this practice has been instrumental in bringing cross cultural communities together in song, dance and dialogue.

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House of Ball Workshop with Vogue Legend Sean Milan

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM

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