Dear TANA Participants and Community Members,
On Saturday, November 2nd, TANA celebrated its’ third annual Día de los Muertos Event. The celebration of life and death consisted of danza, music, spoken word, and a series of community altar installations in the gallery. TANA had over 300 people in attendance at the event.
Royal Chicano Air Force member, Juan Carillo, spoke to the remembrance and life of Jose Montoya. Poets Joseph Rios and Javier O. Huerta also spoke of the influence that Jose Montoya had on Chicana/o poetry. Both Joseph and Javier then went on to take the night with their own addition of poems in the line of Chicana/o poetry.
TANA would like to thank all community members who came to the event as well as those volunteered at the event. TANA would like to send a special thank you to all the danzantes who joined in the opening ceremony, as well as all the altar makes, Juan Carillo, Joseph Rios, Javier O. Huerta and Rudy Cuellar for coming and celebrating the return of life on this special evening. Below are some pictures of the event.
We thank you for the continuous support,
On Saturday, November 2nd from 5-7pm, TANA Welcomes all interested community members, students, and TANA participants, to this year’s annual Dia de los Muertos event.
Dia de los Muertos at TANA will be a celebration featuring music, spoken word, and a series of community altar installations in the gallery. Juan Carillo, longtime cultural worker, activist, and Royal Chicano Air Force member will serve as Master of Ceremonies, sharing a rememberence of the late Jose Montoya.
Poets Joseph Rios and Javier O. Huerta will be reading from their recent publications and providing some background on the influence of Jose Montoya on several generations of aspiring Chicana/o poets. Joseph Rios was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley. His chapbook “shadowboxing” is forthcoming fro Achiote Press. His poems have been published in New Border, Poets responding to SB1070, BorderSenses, and elsewhere. Recently, he was a finalist for a Willow Books Literature Award. He studied literature at UC Berkeley and Fresno City College. Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic (Arte Publico 2012). Currently he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UC Berkeley.
Rudy Cuellar, longtime Royal Chicano Air Force member will have an interactive screenprinting installation for guests.
TANA will be providing food for all attendees. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event.