1. ChicaChic: The New Wave of Chicana Art // Interview with Curator Raquel De Anda


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    New America Media Video Producer Josué Rojas Interviews Curator Raquel De Anda regarding the current exhibition at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) ChicaChic which highlight the "New Wave of Chicana Art." ChicaChic, an art exhibit showcasing five leading Chicana visual artists is open through March 18th 2011 at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). ChicaChic includes images that honor the concepts, themes, and iconography of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s but reflect a world that is drastically changed,” says Deirdre Visser, arts curator at CIIS. “These women were raised in a different era, and ask different questions” added Visser. The works in the show include a large canvas by Ana Teresa Fernandez depicting a woman “washing” the beach at the U.S.-Mexican border with her hair; it’s a striking image that demands both that we engage with the current debates over immigration, and the politics of women and labor. In addition to Fernandez, ChicaChic features the work of Angelica Muro, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, Favianna Rodriguez, and Shizu Saldamando. The work of these five artists varies greatly, but they all are responding visually to the shifting needs of their communities in novel ways. The exhibit is guest-curated by Raquel de Anda, formerly of Galería de la Raza. “ChicaChic is about stepping beyond the boundaries of identity, challenging stereotypes about what it means to be Chicana,” says de Anda. “It’s about the fluidity of identity and the need for new kinds of images in a fast-paced, media-saturated society.” The exhibit is the culmination of years of planning. As Dorotea Reyna, CIIS Director of Development describes it, “ChicaChic is also a way to represent who we are at CIIS. With a ethnically diverse student body, CIIS feels that ChicaChic is an ideal exhibition to highlight our diversity, expand our arts programming, and further project our voice into Bay Area Latino communities.” Intergenerational panel discussion: Saturday, March 12, 6:00PM (CIIS Minna Street Center The BART campaign As part of ChicaChic, each of the five artists is creating an original poster for a public art campaign, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The public will see the posters starting in January 2011 at BART stations around the Bay Area. More than just a promotion, the posters connect the work of these powerful artists with new audiences, including the vital Chicano and Latino communities. The campaign expands visibility for CIIS and its arts offerings, including The Arts at CIIS, the MFA programs, and Public Programs. About CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a nationally recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of 1,400 students pursuing degrees in seventeen academic programs in its schools of Professional Psychology, Consciousness and Transformation, and Undergraduate Studies. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant array of events through its Public Programs division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The Institute sponsors six award-winning counseling centers offering low-cost mental health services in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about CIIS, visit www.ciis.edu.

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    • Integral Education: Alfonso Montuori


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      Alfonso Montuori, professor in the Transformative Leadership online MA program, discusses Integral Education: "We have this community of people that's really all over the world, that brings in not only their own personal work experiences, but they can be part of this incubator of new ideas that is CIIS." "Once we create that environment where people feel they can bring all of themselves to the table, I think the online education actually fosters integral education."

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      • Integral Education: Cindy Shearer


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        Cindy Shearer, MFA program director, discusses Integral Education: "We don't have an aesthetic that we invite people to buy into, we don't have a perspective on what art should be that we ask people to buy into. What we really ask people to buy into is the idea that inquiry matters, and that engaged in a deep, reflective inquiry will change them for the better."

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        • Integral Education: Joseph Subbiondo


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          CIIS President Joseph Subbiondo discusses Integral Education: "What an integral education to me means, it's a synthesis of the intellectual, the physical, the spiritual--a form of education that gets at our inner values." "An educated person, in my mind, needs to be able to be comfortable in all three dimensions of his or her humanity."

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          • Kevin Dunning & Roman Kosins


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            Kevin Dunning is both a national performer and a San Franciscan based Sound Healer. He received certifications from the Sound, Voice and Music Healing program at CIIS and from the Yoga of the Voice Program at the Vox Mundi School of Sound in California with Silvia Nakkach. www.kevindunning.com Roman Kosins is a multi-instrumentalist, a performer and sound healer, graduating with BFA in Visual Arts and Traditional Eastern Arts. He trained with Giovanni Fusetti in the pedagogy of clowns, completed the two year program at the London International School of Performing Arts, which culminated into his character, Jasper J. Jenkins. Roman completed the Sound, Voice, Music & Healing Certificate at CIIS and trained with Silvia Nakkach.

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            • Moving Legends: Don Johnson in Conversation with Emilie Conrad


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              Emilie Conrad and Don Johnson are just months apart in age, like-minded spirits meeting over 38 years ago. Don was at the center of many meeting of minds during the 1960s and 1970s creating and nurturing a place to share discoveries and meet peers. From Sacramento to Esalen, from Paris to California institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Don has come to know "if we really see each other's face, can we really hurt each other?" More information on Don Hanlon Johnson at donhanlonjohnson.com Don has written articles for many publications and over half a dozen books including "Bone, Breath, And Gestures", "The Meaning of Life in the 21st Century" and "Body, Spirit and Democracy."

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              • Integral Education: Matthew Bronson


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                Matthew Bronson, professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, discusses Integral Education: "We are looking for people who feel a call to be a part of the solution, and who have the idealism and the hope to believe that changes can happen, but who want to put feet on that dream. Who don't want to have their heads just in the clouds." "The idea that an integral education is not a practical education is one that we should disabuse ourselves of."

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                • Integral Education: Sonya Shah


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                  Sonya Shah, professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS, discusses Integral Education: "I don't think students who enter the program necessarily come with an understanding of what 'integral' is, I think they come knowing that there is some gap in an educational system." "When people get here, they start to create some language around what they have felt before but haven't been able to name. And I think that's what 'integral' is."

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                  • Explore Your Passion


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                    • Any Rational Basis (a practice of re-membering)


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                      This is what I produced for my senior thesis at CIIS, for a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. It is an attempt explore spirituality and emotional healing in the context of protest and civil disobedience. Moreover, I wanted to examine the relationship of citizen to state with greater depth than what is commonly talked about. Are protests moments of breakthrough or breakdown in that relationship? How has taking part in an act of civil disobedience affected participants emotionally and spiritually? What came out of this effort was deeply meaningful for me personally, and I hope that viewers notice the commonality of the subjects responses. They have never actually met one another, but they use words like, "community" and "healing" with remarkable frequency, and an intention that seems to reflect a value system that truly connects them. I was so blessed to have their participation and they have my utmost gratitude...not just for appearing, but for everything they have done to be who they are.

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