Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer: A community-based art center managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis

Have You Ever Noticed?

Posted on October 13, 2016

Friday, the 21st of October from 6-8 p.m., we will be having our first exhibition opening of the school year. The show is titled Have You Ever Noticed? This exhibition brings together three artists who use humor in their work to investigate the world around them and explore ideas such as identity and belonging, and labor and value. There will be food, DJ Raffa, and a special performance featuring Spoken Word Poet Ali Jones-Bey. Check below for more details about the three artists!






Amy Díaz-Infante

She is a California-based visual artist, educator, and creative consultant. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and within México including MACLA in San Jose, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, and Grafilia magazine in Jalisco. She is an alumna of the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and has taught at the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center’s Mission Gráfica, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Anna Simson

She is an artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her resume includes invitational and juried shows, both local to the Bay as well as in Mexico and Peru. She received a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 1998 and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2009.

Imin Yeh

She is an interdisciplinary project-based artist, working in sculpture, installation, participatory events, and print. Labor intensive and repetitive, her projects often depict overlooked and mundane objects as a strategy to explore issues of labor and production. Recent exhibitions include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco), Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute Gallery, and the CUNY Graduate Center gallery. She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India) and at RecologySF (San Francisco). Recent Awards include a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commision. Yeh has an MFA from California College for the Arts. Imin Yeh is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ali Jones-Bey, guest poet

She is a Bay Area-based writer with a profession background in program management, professional writing and consulting. She’s been writing for fun since she was in first grade, and enjoys language in all its forms. She spends her free time enjoying good music, good food, and good people. Ali is a cofounder and regular contributor (as Chaya Bee) to The Subversal, a hip-hop media startup company.


Silk-Screening Fall Session ’16

Posted on October 6, 2016



Our fall Demo Day happened last Wednesday on September 28th, in which the first day of workshop followed that Thursday. Since our Fall Kick-Off, we are now one week into the silk-screening classes. About 40 folks came out to support us, and we have 20 seats already taken. If you are still interested, please come in as soon as possible as we only have a few spots left! If you are interested in taking our free classes, please contact our manager, Drucella Miranda at damiranda@ucdavis.edu.

The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force – A TANA Book Release with Stephanie Sauer

Posted on September 27, 2016

This past Saturday, the 24th of September 2016, Stephanie Sauer made an appearance at TANA. Our director Maceo Montoya and Stephanie exchanged thoughts through a panel of questions on the making of her book. It was an intimate space as the crowd was able to also participate in the dialogue. Afterwards, folks were able to purchase her book as well as get them signed by her. If you are interested in her work, heck out UT Press for more info.

TANA Book Release – Stephanie Sauer’s The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force

Posted on September 14, 2016



Join TANA to celebrate the special release of Stephanie Sauer’s The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force, published by University of Texas Press. A blend of art history, oral history, cultural studies, and anthropology, Sauer’s Accidental Archives “suspends historical realities and leaps through epochs and between conversations with various historical figures, both dead and alive, to offer readers an intimate experience of RCAF history.” Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this talented writer and artist, and purchase her book! Check out UT Press for more info.

I Love Myself Golden

Posted on August 25, 2016

I Love Myself Golden was facilitated by Jesse Bliss who is based in Los Angeles and the Project Founder and Artistic Director of The Roots and Wings. Along with ASSET’s and the past manager of our Taller, Jennifer Andrea Porras “YaYa,” the students and staff were able to explore what it means to find our worth in a world where we are constantly told we are not enough.

Cultura Cura Taller Summer 2016

Posted on July 28, 2016

Creative Expression through Language Arts, Cultural, and Community Studies was once again offered this summer and has now come to a close as the new academic year will soon begin. Participants this year included folks from Yolano County Housing, Beamer Elementary Scholars, and Madison Migrant Center DIAS Youth Program.

This summer we were able to engage youth ages 5-16 in:

  • Move Your Body: Intro to Yoga
  • Re-Education: Bilingual Poetry, Chicano Art
  • Image/Self esteem building
  • Mi Voz: Culture & Community
  • What’s Your’story
  • Veggie Print Making

Created and Facilitated by J. Andrea Porras “YaYa“: TANA community art center Manager

Special thanks to artist and community member Sandy  Ledesma!


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