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El Paso Sunset: 2011 Reflection

2011, you rocked my world! You took me through challenges, adventures and endeavors I had always dreamed of while teaching me so much about myself. I did a lot of learning and growing in this year as it was my first full year out of graduate school in which I experienced several personal and professional transitions with NYC as my life coach. I'm reaping wonderful benefits now as I organize myself, my resources and goals for this year 2012! I'm so excited ya'll!

This blog is dedicated to highlighting 2011 accomplishments. I also want to give thanks to all friends, collaborators, mentors and family that helped make these accomplishments possible. You all inspire, motivate and support me with your guidance and example. I'm always watching and learning!

 

2011 Accomplishments

January

Created new material for One Journey hit the ground running with rehearsals.

February

One Journey at USHLI Conference in Chicago on my grandmother’s birthday Feb 19th.

One Journey at La Peña Cultural Center with indiVISIBLE collective tour.

March

One Journey at AF3IRM’s Arrivals/Departures in NYC’s Project Reach.

April

Co-organized 2nd Annual Celebrating Cesar Chavez at The Point in the Bronx with Genevieve DeBose and Monica Amaro.

One Journey at 7 Stages in Atlanta, Georgia as part of indiVISIBLE collective tour.

May

Rehearsed for extended version of One Journey, June performance.

June

One Journey at Repertorio Español in NYC as part of EarSay's Transforming Trauma into Art, featuring Judith Sloan, La Bruja, Kanene Holder, Bridget Kelso and Students from EarSay's Youth Theater Program.

Completed first year as a Theater Instructor at the School at Columbia.

July

Build the first theater space at Project Morry with a team of youth educators in Glen Spey, NY and creating a Social Justice Theater Curriculum for students ages 9-16.

August

Facilitated daily Social Justice Theater workshops for youth.

September

Began second year instruction at The School at Columbia and first year at Project Morry providing year round instructional support and individual mentoring.

Rehearsed for One Journey, October performance.

Compiled poetry for One Journey Poetry Chapbook.

October

One Journey at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Excellent event by Latino Student Union!

Participated in works in progress Dance for a Dollar at Intar Theater and Sankofa Visions at NYU, both speaking on personal and political stories of marginalized communities.

Began blogging through www.onejourneychronicles.com and www.yadiradelariva.com.

November

Built on website and blog to feature articles, interviews, videos and pictures of One Journey and Art/Theater work.

Booked One Journey for over five universities for Spring 2012.

December

Collected interviews, wrote new scenes, planned logistics for 2012 tour in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.