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!
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!
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!
Please 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!
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!