Curator: Laura Robinson
Theme: Celebrating the work of Enrique Pilozo
Enrique Pilozo was born in Ecuador, Enrique came to the States when he was seventeen years old, he has written, produced and directed several short films and a full length documentary. He is a graphic artist, a writer as well as an actor, he has also published several books. Enrique Pilozo won two awards from the Oaxacan Film Festival for his film The Replacement/ El Reemplazo. Other films include “Los dibujantes” ,“The night of broken pencils, La noche de los lápices”.
Enrique Pilozo no es Fulgencio, ni como Honoré de Balzac daría un reino por un argumento, pero su pasión igual que una flecha etrusca, une la psicología, el cine, el comic, la literatura, y como acertando en una diana, ha cosechado frutos a nivel nacional en su natal Ecuador, e internacionalmente, en Estados Unidos y otros países. Igualmente, este hombre comprometido con las ilustraciones y las letras ha escrito columnas de opinión para medios importantes, tiene algunos libros en su haber, y ha realizado seis cortometrajes en español e inglés, mejor dicho, es un hombre interesante e inquieto, creativamente hablando. (diegofirmiano.wordpress.com).”
Curator: Laura Robinson / Session Curator Sussanah Drissi
Title: Author Talk by Sussanah Rodriguez Drissi“Until We Were Fish”
Curator: Laura Robinson /Session Curator Brian Glaser
Title: “Green Party Tetralogy” A Poetry Reading by Author Brian Glaser
Session Description: Glaser will read from four books of poems written during the Trump Era, one each year. In these poems I sought to keep alive eco-socialist political hopes and values in a dark time.
BRIAN GLASER lives in Santa Ana and works as an educator at Chapman University. He has worked as a grant writer for Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland and as a dramaturg for The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana. He has published four books of poems and more than twenty essays on poetry and poetics.
Space Curator: Historian/Urban Planner Manny Escamilla
Laura Robinson/ Session Curator Manny Escamilla
Theme: The Godmother of Latin American & Chicana/o Art: A look at the life, writings, and impact of Professor Shifra Goldman.
Event Description: Professor Shifra Goldman was one of the first academics to seriously study Chicano/a & Latin American Art. Her pioneering work in the field was paired with a lifetime of activism, an encyclopedic knowledge of artwork, an eagerness to teach others, and a willingness to vocally defend threatened Chicano/a and Latin American Art. She was a driving force behind the preservation of Siqueiros’ 1932 “La América Tropical” mural on Olvera Street. She taught courses in Mexican Pre-Colombian, Modern and Chicano Art at Santa Ana College for 21 years where she organized the college’s first mural program. She personally documented thousands of works of art across the country and her collection at UC Santa Barbara remains a starting point for researchers. This presentation will highlight her work and a slide show of murals/paintings from her collection.
Manny Escamilla is a local historian, urban planner, and lifelong Santa Ana resident. He graduated from Santa Ana College, from UC Berkeley with a BA in History, and from UCLA with a Master of Library and Information Science & a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
Manny worked for the City of Santa Ana from 2005-2019 as a local history librarian, management analyst, and urban planner. In 2020 he was appointed to the City’s Art and Culture Commission and is currently working as an urban planner with the City of Oakland. Over the past 14 years he has assisted with, led, and implemented a range of projects covering the areas of urban planning, government administration, digital humanities, historic research, place-based art, political strategy,
Curator: Laura Robinson
Theme: “The Fire Within”
Session Description: The Fire Within. This amazing and dynamic line up will feature Villa Fundamental Intermediate students from the Speech and Debate Program and season and published poets alongside each other. Participants will be delivering spoken word, prepared monologues, and short stories. Their voices will touch your heart, inspire you to action, and shake and rattle your bones. You will be in awe of their unique, fresh, and diverse voices.
Doug and Jennifer Lord are Co-founders and Directors of The Butterfly House performance center and arts charity located in downtown Santa Ana. As middle school teachers for the Santa Ana Unified School District, they promote Literacy through Arts integration, creative problem solving and connection with the community. Doug teaches Social Studies along with Speech and Debate, and Jennifer advocates for and supports student learning and development as a Special Education Teacher. Outside of the classroom, as a self-taught musician, Doug has enjoyed a full life of writing, singing, and songwriting on the edge of a bed for his family and friends, and as a self-taught muralist and amateur seamstress, Jennifer is currently developing her skills with digital art, and animation. You can follow Jennifer on instagram @_lord.teaches and @butterflyhouse_dtsa. You can follow Doug on Instagram @wechalkalot