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SANTA CRUZ—Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders: Kite Making Workshop
January 2 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
SANTA CRUZ—Come and participate in this hands-on craft-based workshop with Visiting Artist Federico Cuatlacuatl, exploring traditional Mexican kite-making as a tool to transcend current border politics and celebrate cultural resilience.
Thursday, January 2 2020, 2–5 pm
Subrosa Community Space
The Hub for Sustainable Living
703 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Metered and nearby 2hr parking available.
About the “Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders” Series
These workshops aim to frame culture and tradition as artistic modes of resistance, protest, and cultural survival skills. How do we respond to urgent massive migration concerns? How do we project ourselves into a future that threatens cultural extinction? Through traditional Mexican kite-making and drawing from traditional Mexican embroidery skills, we seek to address these questions and more. The act of making in this workshop embodies the spirit of activism, peaceful protest, and the celebration of cultural resilience. By making and flying kites and embroidering visual language of resistance we will protest together against the detention center deaths of immigrants at the hands of the current administration; the separation of children and youth from their families by the government; the fear and hatred that has been constructed around immigrants. And at the same time we will use traditional crafting skills as means to empower cultural resilience for future and current generations in the face of political, cultural, and ecological threats to our communities.
About the Artist
Born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Federico Cuatlacuatl is an indigenous artist based in Virginia. Federico’s work is invested in disseminating topics of Latinx immigration, social art practice, and cultural sustainability. Building from his own experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant and previously holding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Federico’s research is primarily concerned with pressing realities in current social, political, and cultural issues that Latinx undocumented immigrants face in the U.S. For more about Federico’s work visit cuatlacuatl.com.
This project is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.