L to R – Patricia Wells, Agustín Lira and Ravi Knypstra play before a full house at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas this past 22nd of February. From the historic struggle for civil rights in the United Farm Worker movement to the streets of Fresno, the songs spoke of the realities and experiences of Chicanos and Chicanas of today.
Chicanos y su legado: “Chicano” más que una palabra (parte uno)
Los chicanos lucharon contra la discriminación durante una época en la que el recismo era más notable en este país. Muchos de ellos quienes marcaron la diferencia, vivian en el valle de San Joaquín. Abraham Peña nos explica mediante su serie especial “Los Chicanos”
Chicanos y su legado: Movimiento Concientizador (parte dos)
Es esta segunda parte de la serie especial “Chicanos y su Legado”, Abraham Peña nos habla precisamente de como ha ido cambiando la percepción de esta cultura y lo que han hecho para la comunidad.
Chicanos y su legado: Esfuerzo valió la pena (parte tres)
Los esfuerzos de los mexicoamericanos que lucharon durante el movimiento chicano resultaron en muchos beneficios para Latinos actualmente. Abraham Peña nos explica en la tercera y última parte de su serie especial “Chicanos y su Legado” sobre esto.
What are the Escuelitas Zapatistas?
Along with the 4 study guides we were encouraged to read, it was an unforgettable experience that ched the way I think about society, about indigenous people, about mother earth and social justice, or as the Zapatistas put it: Liberación – Liberation According to the Zapatistas. On this journey to San Cristobal de las Casas, then to Oventique and later another caracol, to “my village”, I had to learn “how to learn” again. In a society where people care about each other and work together, there is love. This is the kind of society where everyone counts, where everyone agrees about the real boss: Pachamama – The Big Mama (as George “Elfie” Ballis called her). I also learned about Alberto Patishtán – imprisoned for 14 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Que Vivan nuestras hermanas y nuestros hermanos en el sur TODAS Y TODOS!!!
Abajo y a la Izquierda
Agustin Lira & Patricia Wells sing Lira’s song “Don’t Come to Fresno if You’re Homeless” with the students of their music project “Generaciones” at the November 16, 2012 Annual Fundraiser for the Community Alliance Newspaper and Pacifica Radio station KFCF @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. This video is of the City of Fresno’s demolition of homeless encampments in August and September 2013 .The pictures are by Mike Rhodes and independent photographers/contributors to the newspaper.
The Bully Vignettes girls theater class with Lira & Wells
A short video from the Theater for Boys and Young Men of Color with Agustín Lira and Patricia Wells at the Chicano Youth Center in Fresno, California working on “The Bully” vignettes.
Director Agustín Lira trains youngsters in the Theater for Boys & Young Men of Color Project taking place at the Chicano Youth Center in Fresno California. The students are rehearsing scenes from “The Bully”, a series of vignettes about the lives of students in junior high and school. The classes are challenging but also a lot of fun for the participants who discover the depth of their talent with each workshop. QUE VIVA EL TEATRO!! LONG LIVE THEATER!! (559) 485-8558 Teatro de la Tierra
The Theater for Boys and Young Men of Color project is now taking place in the Chicano Youth Center located at 1515 Divisadero St. Fresno CA 93721. The classes are now going into the 2nd phase of the project with rehearsals taking place on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m. We have trained youth in the basic fundamentals of stage movement and are currently working on “The Bully” vignettes.
This gallery is from 7-17 where Augistine Lira introduces his new production to the Theater for Boys and Young Men of Color. Augistine and the participants discuss their experiences with bullying and how it has negatively effected theirs lives. They then begin to work on finding roles in the play.
Zunzún Kids’ Ensemble (Baritone Ukuleles) plays music for the Fresno Arts Council’s Arts Alive Arts Festival that took place on Saturday June 22, 2013 at Courthouse Park. The video begins with “Cancion Mixteca”, “Cuando Sale la Luna”, “Ya Murió la Cucaracha” and “Ser Como el Aire Libre”. Ages 8 thru 11, with instructors Agustín Lira and Patricia Wells.