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.
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!
Thank you very much to all the folks who came out for our Spring Open House! It was a festive and welcoming space as everyone shared food, music, and arte. Many of our students were given the space to make tienditas to sell the posters they have created here at TANA. Mil gracias to everyone who came and supported these growing and local artists!
With a new season, a new session is about to begin! Our Demonstration Day to join our Spring Session class is Wednesday, April 5th from 4 -6 pm. If you are unable to join us this session, please come and help us kick-off the session at our Open House! There will be an opportunity to meet some of the student artists and buy some artwork!
Our very own co-founder, Malaquías Montoya, was invited to attend the Inaugural Chicana/o & Latina/o Printing Summit in Los Angeles this past week. Since printing has such a strong legacy in social justice, especially in the Chicano movement, the intention of this summit was to pave the way to create “a national pipeline for master printers and foster the knowledge and relationships that these artists provided our communities.”
Malaquías was honored as a master printer alongside Pepe Coronado, Sandra Fernández, and Rogelio Gutierrez. Check out some snapshots from this event below!