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. 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.
Max Attendees: 20
Work on a collaborative video project, in this one and a half hour workshop, where the community will discuss why sharing personal narratives is important. This workshop will be hosted by Artist and Educators Rizzhel Javier and Beto Soto, whose goal in this workshop is to create spaces for community centered healing. The theme of our discussion will be about: The people, places or things that you miss. We will exercise and develop our digital literacy skills, using Zoom as a creative tool, to collectively examine the landscapes that we call home.
This workshop was inspired by the project, Almost Home, work produced by Rizzhel for the traveling exhibition Round Trip exhibited at Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART) in Tijuana and Ensenada. A full installation of the work was on display at The Front Gallery along the San Ysidro border, an install of large scale images that dissect her binational experience as a Filipina-American, how she copes with distance and how art can be an opportunity for personal and collective connection.
There is an art to a movement. Right now we are living in a world where hidden conditions are being made visible and silence is gaining volume everyday. It seems more critical than ever for our world to become a place where all people feel seen, heard and valued. Many of us are actively seeking ways to play our role. Our history paints a clear picture of the arts and artists at the forefront and foundation of global change. To change the world we live in we have to be brave enough to engage directly with its realities and nuance. And bold enough to challenge, deconstruct and create our world as we envision it to be. To change the world we must discover the artist within. Join Khalil Bleux of The SOULcial Workers for an interactive and creative workshop on activism through AART. In this space we will connect and explore our attitudes, awareness and relationships while building tools to transform communities.
Max Attendees: 20
Join Sarah Cusey in using simple freeform embroidery and line drawings as a meditation practice. Sarah will reflect on the interdependence of self-care and making “resume-worthy” work in her practice. A brief tutorial + resources for further exploration will be provided. No previous experience necessary.
*Register by Sunday, September 13, 2020 to receive an art package (only for San Diego residents). You must provide a mailing address to receive your art package. Also note that you do not need an art kit to participate in the workshop.
Join us for La Bodega Gallery’s Palabra, a night of spoken word, poetry, song lyrics and storytelling. Our featured poets and hosts, Ted Washington and Julie Corrales, will share their work, followed by an Open Mic. Everyone is welcome to come share or just bring their ears for listening. Original poetry is always appreciated. Everyone needs a place to speak their minds and Palabra is that place. We are an inclusive and supportive group that aim to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, positive environment. All talent levels are welcome.
Rizzhel Javier is a San Diego based artist and educator. Her work explores the intersection of memory, culture and human connection. Rizzhel uses art to dissect her identity through the research and creation of autobiographical projects. Through sharing her story, she hopes to encourage viewers to recall and examine their own memories and personal experiences to learn about the impact on their identity and perception of self. Rizzhel’s personal project serves as a foundation for community dialogues and projects that are designed to engage and build space for her community. Rizzhel has taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Cal State San Marcos, San Diego City College, Southwestern College and a variety of schools across the San Diego and Tijuana region. She has hosted a variety of public workshops through her project BRIDGE, like The People and Places Project. Rizzhel is currently works at a City Heights non-profit, The AjA Project, whose mission is to cultivate a compassionate space for young people, activists, visual artists and educators to engage critically with issues that affect our community and realize our collective liberation through participatory storytelling and the documentary arts.
Beto Soto is an artist, youth advocate and educator. His ongoing project Undocuqueer shines a spotlight on LGBTQ Undocumented Americans living in San Diego, California. Through his portraiture, and use of lighting and props, Soto is able to create mystical landscapes that often portray his subjects as surreal. He is able to make his subjects radiate with confidence and perseverance. It is the hope of Soto to elevate the voices of this community, to advocate for himself, and others like him that strive to be visible, treated with equality and respect. Undocuqueer has been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, and Soto’s works have also been seen locally at Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego History Center and along the San Ysidro border at The Front Gallery.
Dairrick Khalil Hodges, “Khalil Bleux” (He/Him) is an artist, activist and educator from Southeast San Diego. He is the founder of The SOULcial Workers and producing artistic director for Agency 515; The Social Education Theatre, a local non-profit that focuses on mental health, social education and emotional development through the arts. Khalil is a sought after playwright, poet and performer. He has been featured on stages across the country; television and print publications and has credits in theatre and independant film. Khalil is passionate about using the stage as a platform for education and healing. His works serve to amplify the stories and experiences of marginalized bodies, and to raise community consciousness around trauma, healing and relationships. He has had a 13 year career in the social services field serving transition aged youth across the county. Khalil is member of the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council and serves as a QPR trainer for the county. He serves on the Create CA statewide initiative for arts education and is also a consultant and director with the San Diego Creative Youth Development Network. Khalil is also an organizer with Black Lives Matter and the co-founder of The SIt In San Diego: A Black Healing space.
Sarah Cusey is a multimedia process artist and a space holder for collaborative experimentation and discovery. She is enamored with organic lines and the shapes that emerge when a line gains weight, folds over on itself or intersects with another mark. Sarah’s work seeks to notice, question, and reimagine the space that we are all invited to take up, as individuals and as a collective. Her current preferred tools for exploration are a needle and thread, paper and knife and illustration pens. As a new mother, Sarah finds herself in relentless pursuit of a more integrated, sustainable practice, where creating, self care, earth care, intentional relationships, learning and activism are interdependent. Learn more at sarahcusey.com
Ted Washington now lives in San Diego, after spending time as an apprentice draftsman for a beer brewery in St. Louis, an Internal Revenue Service employee in Springfield, MO, a retail sales representative in Denver, CO, and temporarily homeless vagabond turned baker on the beaches of Venice, CA. He co-founded and hosts Palabra, a poetry and open mic series at La Bodega Gallery.
Julie Corrales is an autodidactic Chola poet, single teen mother, hoochie, feminist, survivor. She draws on her experiences to advocate for and write about Chicanx issues. As a youth, Julie wrote many melodramatic rhyming love poems, many which are still in circulation among California inmates. Since then, her essays have been published in the San Diego Union Tribune and La Prensa San Diego, and her poetry has been published in Acentos Review, Anacua Literary Arts Journal, and Azahares Literary Magazine. She performs spoken word at various venues in San Diego.