Saturday Tardeada Series Kick Off!
A Barrio Stories in Barrio Anita project
Featuring a platica with life-long Barrio Anita resident: Sarah Garcia
& heritage cooking by Julian Barceló.
Saturday April 6, 2pm - 4pm
Davis Elementary Community Garden
Free to the Public
Continuing our relationship with Barrio Anita, Borderlands Theater invites Barrio Anita residents and the public to the first in a quarterly tardeada series of discussions with elders about the history of Barrio Anita. Our first installment features Sarah Garcia who grew up in Barrio Anita and attended Davis Elementary in the 1940s. A mural by Luis Mena of Sra. Garcia's father adorns the cafeteria wall of Davis Bilingual Elementary. To hear her father's story and many others come to the tardeada. Davis first grade teacher and heritage cooking expert, Julian Barcelò will fire up the adobe wood burning stove for a tasty regional dish cooked outdoors, a common way of cooking in Tucson barrios back in the day. Come learn about Tucson's Mexican-American heritage. It's free, there will be food, and there will be community. What more could you ask for?
Saturday Tardeadas are sponsored by a Creative Communities Institute continuation grant, a project of ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
It's A Wrap!
Borderlands finished production of five video shorts for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona earlier this month. Give Hunger a Face is a project aimed at shedding light on hunger in Southern Arizona and the communities it affects. Give Hunger a Face was commissioned by the Community Food Bank with Borderlands Theater and Pan Left Video Collective as collaborating partners. The video shoots were preceded by several weeks of free acting workshops that prepared community members to star in the videos. Eight diverse individuals ranging in age from college students to retirees took the free workshop. Acting classes were held at the Global Justice Center which provided in-kind classroom and rehearsal space. The final edited videos will be released in June on the Community Food Bank's website and will be used in community presentations by food bank staff throughout Southern Arizona.
NEA, Arizona Humanities, and NALAC award $55k to Borderlands Theater projects.
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Borderlands Theater a $20,000 Art Works award for the upcoming Tucson production of Their Dogs Came With Them, based on the novel by Helena Maria Viramontes scheduled for production in October, 2019. Playwright, Virginia Grise and performer Manny Rivera received a $25,000 Mentorship Award from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture to work on the project which explores themes of war, homelessness, mental illness, gang life and state violence. Through their collaboration, Grise and Rivera aim to continue an intergenerational conversation amongst queer communities of color and explore how artistic work is produced across borders and beyond bars.
Earlier this month, Arizona Humanities awarded Borderlands Theater a $10,000 project grant for Bordertown: Historias Fronterizas of Ambos Nogales, a Barrio Stories project commissioned by Southwest Folklife Alliance. Borderlands teaching artist, Milta Ortiz, and Nogales youth from Pierson High School will video capture oral histories from Ambos Nogales. Digitally edited oral histories enhanced with animations and archival images will be projected, large scale, onto the sides of historic buildings in Nogales, Arizona throughout a heritage festival planned for next spring. Dr. Celeste Bustamonte, a professor at the UA School of Journalism who has covered the border region as a journalist for years, will consult on the project.
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