Cesar Chavez Day just passed, and as we can clearly see, la lucha sigue, the struggle continues for better working conditions and fair wages ✊
This past Wednesday, March 31, from 6:30-8:00 p.m, we celebrated the 94th birthday and legacy of Cesar Chavez.
During this FREE virtual event, attendees were able to participate in workshops focusing on the power of words.
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo will lead our “Words of Power” Poetry Workshop. “Words of Power” is part of Palabras & Poetry: A Community Poetry-Writing Event Series.
This workshop is an opportunity for writers of all levels to gather, share experiences, and write poetry as they’re guided by prompts and selected readings. The workshop will be led in English with prompts provided in both English and Spanish. Supplies needed at home include paper and writing utensils.
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work addresses themes of identity, transformation, and empowerment from her perspective as an Indigenous Mexican Chicana. In 2010, she graduated from San José State University with a BFA in Art (Pictorial Art) and a BA in French. Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a 2021 Creative Ambassador of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs and is on the Board of Directors of Poetry Center San José. Her next solo exhibition is scheduled for November 2023 at Centro de Artes in San Antonio, Texas.
- Register here https://bit.ly/3tUSGb9.
- This event is presented by the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Supported by the City of San José, Creative Ambassador Program, Office of Cultural Affairs.
Words of Power Sign Painting workshop with Ben Henderson and Jorge “J.Duh” Camacho
In this workshop participants will learn the steps to create their very own hand-drawn and hand-painted sign. Ben and Jorge will walk participants through the steps it takes to lay out their design and build proper letter structure to achieve a desired look.
Supplies needed at home include paper, pencil and ruler.
Optional supplies include cardstock, pen, brushes and paint.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER RON P. MURIERA Pronouns: he/his
Ron P. Muriera has over 20-years of experience and knowledge as an arts and culture administrator, performing artist, community activist, educator, historian, consultant, and advocate for underrepresented communities locally, regionally, and nationally. He has dedicated his life’s work to addressing racial, social, and economic justice, access to the arts, cultural representation, and inclusion of marginalized groups.
Ron is owner of RPM Consulting based in San José and works with arts & cultural nonprofit organizations to help them fulfill their mission. He recently completed his 8-year term on the San José Arts Commission, and presently serves the community in various roles: Board Vice President of two statewide advocacy organizations: Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates; founding Board President of Red Ladder Theatre Company, co-founder of San José Arts Advocates, and board member of the Japanese American Museum of San José.
He is a former trustee for the California History Center Foundation at De Anza College, and a national trustee representing Northern California on the board of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). Ron has been recognized for his work across multicultural communities and is often invited to speak on the topic of the arts and social justice.
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work addresses themes of identity, transformation, and empowerment from her perspective as an Indigenous Mexican Chicana. Elizabeth has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums across the United States and her poetry is published in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2010, she graduated from San José State University with a BFA in Art (Pictorial Art) and a BA in French. Elizabeth is a 2021 Creative Ambassador of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs and is on the Board of Directors of Poetry Center San José.
BEN HENDERSON AND JORGE “J.DUH” CAMACHO
If it has a sign in San Jose, there’s a good chance that Ben Henderson had a hand in its creation. The South Bay based multidisciplinary artist and designer pumps out clean, elegant and expressive work for many of his cities’ businesses, evidencing a casual mastery of everything from typography to illustration in his bold – and increasingly ubiquitous – signage.
J.Duh’s art captures the zeitgeist, while distilling pop culture into ten-second treatises without ever becoming cliche. Employing impeccable typography with familiar iconography, the beauty of J.Duh’s work is that each piece is both a complete, distinct statement and a new chapter in his ongoing story of the cultural milieu.