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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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
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
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
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
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
Artist Talk and some Stand-Up Storytelling with writer, performer, and stand-up comedian, Baruch Porras-Hernandez! Baruch (@baruchporrashernandez) discussed the creation of the We Can Be Heroes project, talked about his collaborators, and read some excerpts from the script, soon to be transformed into a graphic novel! Find out who his favorite Latino superheroes are and chat
Playwright Mercedes Floresislas, who has been commissioned by MACLA, through the Gerbode Foundation, to write a new play, shared her writing process and told us about what she’s currently working on, Los Bastardos, an original trilingual play (English, Spanish, American Sign Language – ASL). Watch again her inspiring talk in the discussion section of our
Please join MACLA for Salsa Solo Foot Work and Choreography, led by Chiquy Mejia! Practice, learn individual salsa steps, and make choreography to show off to your friends. Dancing reduces weight and stress, and improves heart health, coordination, and memory. Chiquy’s philosophy is Dance like no one is watching. Chiquy Mejia, originally born in Caracas
Mónica María’s music reflects her Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and contemporary sounds of Latin America. A vocalist, multi instrumentalist and composer, her songs are innovative and expressive of a world where cultures coexist, where fear is transformed by compassion, where we learn to truly love ourselves, and where we view the world from
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