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Monday, January 14, 2013

UndocuNationBerkeley: Call for Artists

UndocuNationBerkeley:  Call for Artists

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG), CultureStr/ke and the Department ofTheater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) is thrilled to announce this year's UndocuNation at UC Berkeley.  We will be bringing together artists, community members, students, faculty and staff from California and the nation focusing attention on critical issues affecting undocumented immigrant communities.  Hosted by Bay Area artist Favianna Rodríguez, UndocuNation is an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances addressing the devastating consequences of our country's broken immigration system.

Artists from different racial and sexual backgrounds, immigration history and documentation statuses will be sharing artwork and cultural interventions about the current immigration crisis through performances, film excerpts, installations, music and readings. The collaboration of these creative artists attempts to use images and stories to facilitate dialogue that can inspire.  UndocuNation, is also part of a series of workshops that have been taking place nation-wide has been presented in major U.S. cities, including at our own Bay Area Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

We are currently seeking artists who may be interested in being part of this celebration, and collaborate with artists, writers, and organizers from across the country to build and support humane, just ways to address our nation’s current immigrant crisis. The event itself is comprised of a collage of artistic performances that allow creative cultural workers to speak about their art to shift today’s understanding of what "America" looks like.  The UndocuNation event at UC Berkeley will have a particular focus on undocumented immigrant communities and the connections between the politics of immigration and education. In addition, we seek to emphasize how the experience of being undocumented intersects with other political identities such as gender and sexuality, by including a number of performances that are queer-identified.

We welcome:
  • poetry
  • spoken word
  • creative readings
  • music
  • video shorts
  • scenes and skits for stage
  • comedy
  • paintings
  • installation work
Please note that in collaboration with CultureStrike, UndocuNation, is an evening with artists for immigrant justice. We seek artists that bring visibility to the immigration debate, and similar to CultureStrike, create a collective of artists across the nation who challenge dominant anti-immigrant narratives and infuse the national narrative with creative values- based, pro-immigrant images, ideals and stories. We welcome interdisciplinary collaborations that foster an engagement with the larger public and explore new models of art as a vehicle for cultural change.

You have until JANUARY 20, 2013 to submit a piece of your artistic talent.  To express your interest in participatng, questions or concerns please contact:

UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar
Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize


Assistant Professor
Theater, Dance and Performance Studies


FEBRUARY 15, 2013
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M


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