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

Para Ruben

Posted on December 1, 2016

Ruben Contreras is a six year old boy who changed the City of Woodland.

As a former HeadStart student of the Yolo County Office of Education, Ruben has touched many hearts. Lori Perez and Ismael Hernandez who are both educators and community members here in Woodland brought this project into TANA with the hopes of creating more smiles for Ruben as he has a rare form of cancer. Many high school students from Woodland High School came in on the weekends to spend time on building a series of prints to create a story book for Ruben. One of our senior interns, Roberto Paniagua, helped take lead on the project. You can check out some pictures of the process below, as well as the story itself.

According to Perez:

“The students were inspired from information about Ruben. His passion, strength, and heart quickly helped us realize that he is our super hero!! His love of superheroes and love of his community helped us write this story. He recently went on a ride along with the Woodland Fire Department and he was smiling ear to ear.”

This project helped the students learn about giving to others and helped them develop an understanding of community. If you would like to support Ruben checkout his Facebook page!

 

Ayotzinapa: La lucha sigue!

Posted on November 16, 2016

After two years of creating one of the most powerful social movements of recent times in Mexico, representatives of the Ayotzinapa community are touring the United States. Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval and Mario Cesar Gonzalez Contreras, two key members of the Ayotzinapa movement stopped in town at TANA as part of their national tour.

 

Their visit marks the second anniversary of the 43 students disappearance by giving talks about issues that are causing social and political unrest and instability in Mexico during the current President Pena Nieto’s administration such as the education and energy reforms, drug and human trafficking and how they are linked to US foreign policy and Mexican migration as well as to give personal testimony and update on the disappearance of the 43 normal students. Segments of the documentary Mirar Morir was shown.

 

The Ayotzinapa movement was born out of the struggle for justice by the parents of the 43 teaching students forcefully disappeared after an attack in Iguala, Guerrero by members of the Mexican authorities on September 26, 27 of 2014.

 

A special thank you to Señor Sandoval, Señor Contreras, Cirenio Rodriguez, and Reyna Granda!

 

Día de los Muertos Community Gathering

Posted on November 8, 2016

Our Día de los Muertos celebration is our largest event of the year. Our studio transforms into a space where community can come together to celebrate, practice, and be exposed to their culture and their loved ones. This is only possible because community members like you are willing to co-create the space alongside us. So many thanks to the TANA Crew, all the families and altaristas, all of the volunteers, Joaquin Galvan, Alejandro Espinoza, Esmeralda Raya, Ballet Folklorico de Woodland High School, and all the local businesses that donated food for our event. It was a great afternoon of music, food, and good company! Check out the pictures below to see all the altars and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!

Día de los Muertos ’16

Posted on November 2, 2016

 

2diadelosmuertos2016.jpgPlease join us this Saturday, November 5th, from 3-6 pm to celebrate Day of the Dead. This is a community event that is free to the public as is is co-created with the community. There will be interactive activities for the whole family such as face painting! There will be a potluck so bring a dish if you can! Don’t forget to join us here at 1224 Lemen Ave. Woodland, Ca 95776 for spoken work, music, and ballet folklorico!

Opening Reception: Have You Ever Noticed?

Posted on October 22, 2016

A big thank you to everyone who came out Friday evening to support us and the show! These events are not possible without our incredible intern staff and the community who continually comes to support TANA. Check out our photos to see how our opening event went! The show will be up till December, so drop by during studio hours to see the art yourself!

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!

 

 

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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

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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.

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