Archive for the ' El Paso' Category

The Tornillo Collective is an El Paso-based project which utilizes the arts to promote education about the current U.S. immigration policy which has seen the separation of refugee children from their parents, putting the refugees in cages, and warehousing unaccompanied refugee minors in detention centers like those found in Tornillo, Texas.

The Collective was founded in El Paso, Texas on October 2018 by Afro-Chicana writer/musician Nancy Lorenza Green.  It is made up of a diverse, multidisciplinary group of teaching and performing artists from the US-Mexico border region.  This episode is an interview Nancy Green and Raquel Mejia over the development of their play titled:Escape from Tornillo.  The idea for the play was generated during a Tumblewords writing workshop led by Eternity Wauls and inspired by the organizing model of the Underground Railroad.

The Collective also plans to publish their writing as an anthology, and to use their narratives to develop the play’s story line and dialogue.

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Nancy Lorenza Green,     

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This segment of Los Professors interviews artist and former arts administrator Ricardo "Rick" Hernandez, who was one of the first artists to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He worked with the Texas Commission on the Arts from July 1980 to August 2007.  He was Executive Director at the TCA from 2002 to 2007; Deputy Director from 1988 to 2002; Field Director from 1986 to 1988; Field Representative Visual/Communication Arts from 1982 to 1986 and ESAA Multi-Cultural Arts Coordinator from 1980 to 1982.  Today, Rick is director of the AmeriCorps Program for Imagine Art, a non-profit organization which provides studio space and instruction for artists with disabilities in Austin, Texas, where he resides.  Additional information available at:

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Dr. Ruben Arellano interviews Carlos Aceves, who has devoted his life to Indigeneity in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands. They discuss Carlos' Xinachtli project which incorporates indigenous pedagogy in childhood education (linked below). They also talk about his path to "la tradicion" (Mexikayotl), and his involvement in founding the first Chicana/o indigene-centric groups in Texas known as kalpullis [Nawatl: kalpultin (pl)].

Xinachtli Community Schools Project


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Co-hosts of Los Professors share their backgrounds and discuss their roads to podcasting and obtaining their PhDs along with many other potential program ideas and stories.

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This episode of Los Professors details the fate of Lincoln Park's first murals due to the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT's) I-10 Connect Project.  Murals to be demolished include the first murals painted at Lincoln Park.  Lincoln Park is located at 4001 Durazno Street in South Central El Paso under what is locally known as "The Spaghetti Bowl" which is the city's first highway interchange. It was built as a result of joining Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 54 and U.S. Highway 110 which leads to the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA). The BOTA leads into Cd. Juarez, Mexico. The Lincoln Park Conservation Committee (LPCC), a City of El Paso recognized Neighborhood Association and Partner-in-Parks, has been working with TxDOT to save and reopen Lincoln Center (formerly Lincoln School).  The building was closed in 2006 by the City of El Paso.  This episode recounts the actions LPCC engaged in to try and save the murals. LPCC is the only grass-roots organization in Texas to date meeting with TxDOT over contested space.


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