Transformación at Syracuse, NY

This last fall, UC Davis was chosen to host Imagining America (IA) for the next 5 years. IA is a national consortium of one hundred universities and community partners working towards supporting one another’s work. Through TANA’s involvement with IA and their last national conference, we were able to connect with the IA board members. One of which was Kal Alston, who is faculty at Syracuse University and the interim Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC).

CFAC along with TANA have a similar mission to create a space where emerging artists with important messages can showcase their art to create and engage in dialogue. Kal was ecstatic about our studio and gallery when she came to visit. We were able to collaborate and plan out an exhibition of our posters created by students, interns, and professional artists. Over 60 of our posters created in Woodland are now being shown in Syracuse, NY at the CFAC. This is the first time our art has traveled outside of California! With a lot of preparation and work from our Associate Director and Chief Curator, Jose Arenas, he was able to work with our student interns to mat, frame, and build crates to carry our art safely to the east coast.


The opening reception was January 26th with a gallery talk the following day. Co-founder Malaquias Montoya, Associate Director Jose Arenas, and Workshop Coordinator Drucella Miranda were able to fly to the east coast to participate for the opening weekend. The show will be up until March 23rd! We hope this show will travel some more, so follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out where it might end up next!

The theme of this exhibition is Political Art in the Age of Protest. We were able to fill CFAC’s beautiful gallery with art along the themes of feminism, war, culture, and much more!


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TANA: Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer is a community based art center managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at the University of California, Davis. TANA is located at 1224 Lemen Avenue in Woodland, California.

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