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About Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To

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Praba Pilar

About Praba Pilar is a diasporic Colombian Muisca/mestiza artist and scholar who creates performance art, digital/electronic installations, and experimental public talks and workshops critical of extraction-based approaches to technology. Her artworks have been presented in museums, universities, festivals, galleries, and streets around the world, from Vancouver’s LIVE Biennale to Mexico’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. She is presently sharing approaches rooted

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Patty Botello

About Patty Botello was born in Los Ángeles, California. At the age of three, she learned how Piñatas were created from her next-door neighbor and babysitter. She studied art at San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Studio Practice. While being immersed in studio art classes she fell in

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Maribel Martinez

About Maribel Martínez is a Queer Chicanx  of P’urhépecha heritage. She is a brainiac, storyteller, guerrera that dreams of shapeshifting. By day, she works in public policy. After hours, she lets the wild rumpus start through her imagination as she writes poetry, short stories, Teatro scenes, and performance pieces. As a community artist, she sees her role in moving forward

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DJ Leydis

About Born and raised in Cuba, DJ Leydis combines contemporary hits with a distinct fusion of Latin flavors, R&B classics, and roots reggae blends. Involved in the Cuban hip-hop movement since its inception, DJ Leydis helped organize some of the country’s most respected and best-attended events and community programs. In 2005 she cofounded Omegas Kilay, a hip-hop theater collective in

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Ivan Flores

About Ivan AKA Ivan Del Acordeon – Born and Raised in ESSJ (East San Jose) started writing and performing music at the age of 13. By 19 (2001) Ivan helped form one of the founding groups of the Bay Area Cumbia Movement “Lado Oriente”, roughly translating to East Side, which was instrumental in pushing Cumbia into the

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Dignidad Rebelde

About Dignidad Rebelde is a creative collaborative space organized by artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes who are based in Halchis, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Jalquin Chochenyo Ohlone, an area today known as San Leandro, CA. We believe art can be a powerful reflection of peoples’ struggles and their desire for the radical transformation of our world.  Following

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Cesar Mendoza

About In elementary school, Cesar’s mom noticed two things, how shy he was and his artistic ability. She bought him art supplies and during recess he started drawing things for other students at their request, this is where Cesar’s artistic career began. During high school, Cesar fell in love with graffiti, and got the opportunity

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Carolina Cuevas

About Carolina Cuevas is a Cuban-American artist currently based in the bay area. Her work carries a sense of vulnerability and displacement which is borne of the conflicting ideals of family, home, and spirituality between her mixed American and Cuban upbringing. Through her work, she conveys nationality while bridging the identities of these two seemingly

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Anna Lisa Escobedo

About Anna Lisa Escobedo, She/Her/Ella/Ellas. She is a visual artist, muralist, cultural worker, networker, and event & program producer. At YBCA, she helps design and implements artists’ supportive programs, most recently, leading the pilot on the San Francisco Creative Corps. The majority of her work maintains and fosters deep-rooted relationships with the San Francisco and Bay

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