"The Jailer: Part 2" is a remix of Erin McKeown's critically-acclaimed song, "The Jailer", a collaboration between Star Jaguar's Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots), featuring Erin McKeown.
The trio united to create the "The Jailer: Part 2" remix and lyric video as a way to expand their support for just and humane immigration reform. The project was inspired by a visit to border communities in Arizona -- part of an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Artist--Activist Retreat -- where the musicians witnessed first-hand the challenges facing the recent immigrants and U.S. citizens residing there.
On October 5, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. On October 8 at 12:30pm, tens of thousands will gather on the National Mall at 10th Street to celebrate Camino Americano: the Concert for Immigrant Dignity and Respect before marching to the U.S. Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives: Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country.
I'm going to be at Austin Peay State University on starting October 1st through the 3rd for Hispanic Heritage Month.
I'll be giving a Keynote speech on October 1 from 6-7pm in MUC Ballroom. My presentation will address cultural strategies through artwork and how it relates to immigration and economic justice, related through a Latina and people of color lens.
The following day, there will be a hands on poster design workshop from 12-2pm in Trahern Printmaking Lab. I'll be facilitating a two hour hands on workshop where students can learn how to do poster design, and discuss what they need to think about while creating a poster. You can see the full schedule of events here.
A small group of us from CultureStrike attended Burning Man on our own to host Migration Is Beautiful events, at a camp we joined called QUE VIVA BURNERS camp.
Burning Man was super amazing!! I know many folks have doubts, but for creative people, Burning Man is an unforgettable experience.
The Burning Man foundation gives out about $1 million annually in grants to artists, and they gave our camp a premier location, at 6:30pm and Esplanade, which is basically facing the Playa! (wow!)
Our workshop was a huge hit!! The Burning Man founders came over to say hi, and folks were raving about it. Other cool things in our camp included a furry blue ICE booth and a Tell Your Migration Story booth. Also, folks who shared their story got a Black Rock City Residency Card and we made it to the COVER of one of the Burning Man newspapers that gets distributed around Black Rock City (where the event takes place).
Without a doubt,
I plan to return to Burning Man next year and am exploring ways to do a public art installation at the Playa. Can't wait for next year
You can see pics from Burning Man 2013 here
Justseeds along with Roger Peet and myself have curated an art project with the AFL-CIO. The AFL CIO is the umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 57 unions representing more than 12 million working men and women, and through art, we wanted to highlight different campaigns and the workers that make up the labor movement.
Please feel free to download and share any of the art work you see here. The AFL is currently hosting their quadrennial convention to continue the great work that they do and to keep unions in American growing. You can see all of the artwork featured at the convetion, after the jump....
Just Seeds is doing a one week promtion for FREE shipping on all orders that are $25 or more. Using the coupon code: AUGUSTFREE, you can get free shipping with your order. If you've been waiting to pick up some of the amazing art available from the more than the 24 artist in the Just Seeds coopertive. The sale is only for a few days, so don't miss out on this opportunity !!!
I have the privelage of being part of this amazing show happening at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. There's an amazing line up of artist curating and exhibitng. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out.
Here's more info an the show:
If Asian-Latino intersections frequently emerge in urban spaces, street art is often the lasting visual record of these connections-as well as a way of reimagining the shapes and boundaries of cultures and cities alike. The shows will be staged in downtown Silver Spring, MD, on an urban landscape fundamentally shaped by immigration and cultural diversity, we open up a new set of conversations about the place of art and the visual stories we tell together. The shows will feature work and curation by a range of celebrated artists exploring Asian-Latino intersections.
Curators Eric Nakamura, Shizu Saldamando, and Adriel Luis will project artwork onto the public surfaces of Veterans Plaza, telling the visual stories of Asian-Latino cultural connection as a DJ spins Asian-Latino fusion music. Two evenings of Street Culture & Art programming will feature "pop-up" galleries to transform public space from the utilitarian to the expressive. By way of projection, we map visual stories of Asian-Latino shared culture onto the canvas of our walls-not simply bringing art into public space but making public space into art.
The time and location is the same for both evenings on August 6 and 7, between 8-10pm. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland, is metro accessible via the Red Line at the Silver Spring station. There will be different artists present and different artwork on display for both evenings.
When Moses, an undocumented immigrant, is being deported from the promised land...there's only one friend he can turn to for a miracle. With a hilarious, trash-talking Jesús by his side, the two prophets come up with a plan to stop the deportation — and stand up for the human rights of all undocumented Americans.
Released on the three-year anniversary of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070 going into effect, 'Moses and Jesús' is a comedic call to action for humane immigration reform — and full rights for the 11 million undocumented newcomers to the promised land.
The Dream Defenders have taken over Florida Capitol to demand the #TrayvonMartinAct.
Since Tuesday morning (7/16) Dream Defenders have maintained a presence at the Capitol for an extended stay to apply pressure and demand that Governor Rick Scott call for a special session of legislature to address issues related to the environment in Florida that led to this tragedy and injustice.
Dream Defenders are pushing for what they are calling the ‘Trayvon Martin Act’ which addresses the repeal of Stand Your Ground, racial profiling, and the war on the youth.
Support the movement, sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/fldreamdef