The Rising Arts Leaders San Diego’s Artist Advocacy Committee is committed to actively bringing arts awareness to the greater San Diego artistic community and providing opportunities for local artists and creatives. RAL defines ‘advocacy’ as a way to empower, educate, and strengthen our roles in the arts and to better connect with each other. The inaugural 2017 RALSD Arts Advocacy Studio Visit focused on giving a local artist a platform to share their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the studio visit is being replaced by a week of short performances offered nightly leading up to the event on Saturday, September 19.
Our hope is to bring a sense of connection to the members of our San Diego artistic community by providing the opportunity for local performing artists to share their shine online!
Magi’k The Clowne (she/her) is inspired to use her creativity to help others. Starting as a homeless youth, Magi’k saw many things and wanted to “help humanity.” Magi’k has over 7 years experience working with film and is the founder of her own production group Call To Artists Media, founded in 2016.
Mónica Mendoza (she/her) is originally from Tijuana and moved to San Diego 2008 to finish her Architecture degree. Aside from always wanting to be an Architect, Mónica has always felt drawn to music and expressing herself through it. She started playing music when she was a teenager and hasn’t stopped since.
When she moved to San Diego, things started to pick up for her musically and Mónica began playing in bands and booking shows on both sides of the border, eventually reaching Los Angeles as well. She’s been developing friendships and collaborating with communities from each city as well as curating events that support womxn in music.
Mónica is the leader/front womxn of transfronteriza band (Tijuana/ San Diego) called Le Ra; she also plays in LA-based project called Strange Phases and is a guest vocalists of Mexican ska/rock en español band Tijuana No. Aside from playing in bands, she is also the creator/founder of feminist powerhouse GRRRL Independent Ladies where she hosts shows called “Music With Out Borders” in Tijuana, San Diego and Los Angeles.
She started GIL 4yrs ago as a way to celebrate womxn by creating a platform wherein they can connect, empower and express themselves creatively. As a Frontera (border) womxn, she has been searching for a way to bridge the three cities and strongly believes that by utilizing the border wall as a social infrastructure through the activation of music we can connect, create communities and blur borders.
Mónica currently resides in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles continuing with her Architectural practice and artistically expanding.
Stefanie Schmitz (she/her) is a multi-instrumentalist, artist, and teacher in San Diego. Stefanie has made it her mission to use music to foster empowerment, expression, and connection in children and adults. She plays the clarinet, saxophone, and percussion and has a passion for the music and culture of Brazil. She performs around town with her Brazilian dance band & and gypsy jazz group, and is an associate artist for Lambs Players Theatre. As an educator, Stefanie teaches clarinet and saxophone as well as Brazilian drumming in schools. She is a Teaching Artist and Schools Program Coordinator with the Center for World Music where she is currently producing distance learning videos for their Living Room Learning: World Music & Dance series. Subscribe to her YouTube channel to see her virtual collaboration videos and live streaming solo concerts.
Vanessa Duron (she/her)Vanessa Duron is a local San Diego actor/director/writer and producer. A graduate from San Diego State University Vanessa is a strong advocate for POC theatre. Acting credits include: Detective Stone Cold, Murder in the ZOOMROOM (Moxie Theatre), Gloria, The Last Days of Judas Iscarriot (Trinity Theatre), Martha, Peice of My Heart (Stagehouse Theatre), Madre, Blood Wedding (Stagehouse Theatre). Directing Credits: Screen Romance (Moxie Theatre), Vagina Monologues (Mesa College) Other credits: The Niceties, Assistant Director (Moxie Theatre), Dream Hou$e, Assistant Director (San Marcos University in collaboration with TuYo Theatre), Fad, Assistant Director (Moxie Theatre in collaboration with TuYo Theatre). Vanessa is also a proud member of Amigos Del Rep and assisted as an Assistant Producer for the Latinx New Play Festival.
Zoe Marinello-Kohn (she/her) is a professional ballet dancer, choreographer, actor, artist and activist. She received her ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet School and at the Academy of Ballet under Richard Gibson. Since then she has gone on to dance with such notable companies as Cincinnati Ballet, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and the San Diego Ballet, where she is currently employed. Zoe is an original cast member of Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet and had the honor of performing at the Festival of Families held for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015. Zoe is also an actor in the American Immersion Theater and the Murder Mystery Company. Zoe is a poly synesthete and her work often reflects her unique perceptions of the senses. Zoe believes that art is fundamental to the integrity of our society that has the potential to create bonds of understanding and tolerance and can be an inspiration for unification and peace. (Bio photo credit Ryan Orion Beck- 1000 words Photograph)