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Community Mural Celebrating César Chávez

Posted on July 26, 2017

Check out our mural in the store front on 2nd and E St. in Davis!!

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This mural was presented on April 1, 2017 as part of the 17th annual Davis César Chávez Celebration in Central Park. It represents a collaboration between Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) and the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, and was sponsored by the City of Davis Human Relations Commission. Special thanks to Drucella Miranda and Melissa Moreno for their vision and implementation.

The original design, created by TANA, is based on an image of César Chávez and Larry Itliong as a tribute to both of these men and their respective communities. Their hard work and dedication has created positive change for everyone. As we continue to strive for better working conditions for farmworkers, we remember to live in their legacy. The mural project was designed with the intention of creating a space of belonging for all and allowing the community to co-create a piece of art that speak to them, especially children and young people. It is especially symbolic this year since the Yolo County Board of Supervisors adopted a Safe & Welcoming Community Resolution. The artwork allows us to celebrate how we all bring our unique differences, and are able to come together to acknowledge and respect our human dignity.

Cultura Cura Summer ’17

Posted on July 11, 2017

This summer we have been able to continue Cultura Cura! Every Monday and Wednesday from 12 – 2:30 pm, youth as young as 4 and up come to TANA to create arts and crafts. Our last session is Wednesday, July 19th if you would like to join us. So far we have created clay miniatures of food, popsicle puppets, zines, paintings, and much more!

A big thank you and much love to:

  • Yolo County Housing for assisting in the funding for our art supplies
  • Sandy Ledesma for all her energy and ideas for workshops
  • High School TANA Intern, Leila Brannan for co-facilitation of workshops
  • Past TANA intern, Arturo Ortiz for assisting with arts and crafts
  • TANA artist, Fiorella Lema for assisting the youth during workshop
  • The mom’s of all the youth participants for continually generating lots of energy and new ideas for our space


Opening Exhibition: Creando Fuerza

Posted on June 12, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our graduating seniors: Roberto Paniagua, Michelle Paredes-Colonia, Jessica Orozco, and Michelle Alvarez! You can read more about their art work below and check out some of the pictures from the Opening Reception. TANA: Part of our mission is to use culture to raise consciousness. In our workshops, we teach that the silkscreen medium can be a tool to address issues that impact our community. What are some of the issues that your work addresses? Michelle Alvarez: All of my work is based on the experience of students who identify as undocumented. Some of us do not qualify for any of the existing laws and deferred actions that allows undocumented students to receive financial aid, and…

S.P.E.A.K. Week!

Posted on May 16, 2017

TANA collaborated with S.P.E.A.K. or Scholars Promoting Awareness, Education, and Knowledge for Undocumented Awareness & Empowerment Week! Following SPEAK tradition, Speakers’ Voices is a safe space where students and community members are able to share their narratives and express themselves through different mediums. Our Open Mic Night was a success! Thank to everyone who made this possible, especially our beautiful Intern Michelle Alvarez who is also the co-chair for S.P.E.A.K.

Fellow Printers from South Africa Visit TANA!

Posted on May 9, 2017

TANA had the pleasure of showing two artists, Goolam Saber and Nathi Simelane, around the area. They drove around Woodland to check out the murals Malaquias and Maceo have created with many folks in the community. Goolam and Nathi also toured our studio to take a look at the art that is being created by the youth here in Woodland.

Both artists come from Johannesburg in South Africa. They also are affiliated with Artist Proof Studio, which is also a community printmaking studio. The studio aims to assist their students in gaining the technical art skills for printmaking, while simultaneously teaching each artist how to build a sustainable career out of printing.


May Day

Posted on May 3, 2017

Happy May! In case you did not know, May 1st is the International Day of Action. Several UC Davis students, faculty, and community members attended the rally in Sacramento to voice their support and solidarity for those who may be undocumented. Professor Natalia Deeb-Sossa of Chicana/o Studies and Professor Robyn Rodriguez of Asian American Studies. Both these professors brought in students to collaborate with TANA in order to create posters for the demonstration to resist the current agenda of our president. We made a total of 4 posters! La Luche Sigue!


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