Punjab girls presenting a traditional dance in Livingston, CA at “Color of India.”
Imagine yourself listening to a political refugee from Hmong descent — now a professor at California State University, Fresno teaching Hmong language — sharing his journey as he escaped the war zone from his native country of Laos? Or walking through an artistically interactive gallery having conversation with religious leaders and cultural practitioners from the Punjab community learning about their living traditions, cuisine and history? Or the opportunity to reflect back on your own community by conducting a community assessment? These and other life-lasting experiences is what I gathered as alumni of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program. Now, the opportunity is yours to be part of Temejavi — a festival once recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Tamejavi Festival has become an essential part of life in the Central Valley, bringing to light the rich, diverse culture that makes up this region”– through the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program.
The Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP) was launched in the fall of 2011, TCOFP is a fellowship program designed to strengthen the cultural organizing skills of Central Valley’s emerging cultural leaders from underserve communities. Ten cultural leaders will be selected to participate in TCOFP second cycle starting April 2014 ending October 2015. Selected fellows will learn the basic principles of popular education, participatory action research, and cultural organizing. They are also provided with resources to inspire the collective artistic and cultural creativities within and beyond their own communities. Continue reading →
The Culture and Art Series of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program continues after five successful gatherings across the Central Valley, next is the Fandango Zapoteco in Madera, California on April 07 at the Madera Court House Park-the public is invited.
Members of the working team before their folklore presentation at Nuestra Plaza at the Madera Court House Park, March 2013.
Madera and its surrounding communities, particularly the different Mexican indigenous ethnic groups, will have a very unique opportunity to experience in person through a theater presentation the renowned Fandango Zapoteco. This theater format presentation seeks to unveil the customary practices leading up to a traditional Zapoteco wedding (called Fandango). As celebrated in the town of Coatecas Altas in Oaxaca, Mexico. This collective project enables ordinary Zapotecos to share their knowledge and experience with others. The Fandango project is an opportunity for younger generations to learn about their heritage from the elders. The gender gap and increased cultural and civic participation will also be addressed in the performance. The actors of this communal play are young and old day-to-day members of the town of Coatecas Altas, now living in Madera.
This has been a two year project. The first phase of this project was to consult community elders to learn about Fandangos. After many house visits, a committee was established who worked on writing the script and since last summer, the Fandango Working Group started to practice.
Aside from the artistic assistance from Ernesto Torchia (professional theater director from Buenos Aires, Argentina), the uniqueness of this communal project is that is being organized by people with little or no stage experience and everyone in the groups expects to surprise the audience on the day of the event!
The event is open to the public and it will be accessible in English and in Spanish. For more information please contact us at (559) 222-7678. This event is being coordinated by the Zapoteco Working Group and by the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee, with the support of the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Visalia, California-Encuentra Purepecha was held this past Saturday as part of nine cultural alike events that will take place across the California Central Valley this spring. As demonstrated on this photograph people from different ethnic backgrounds gather to learn and discover about the Purepecha community.
The implementation of my working team project begins. After more one year of learnings and practicing what I have learned throughout the different phases of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program –a unique program of its kind devoted to bridge … Continue reading →
Part of our responsibility as participants of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program is to develop a community assessment that is divided into nine different categories. The coordinating group developed questions related to the program and each of us responded … Continue reading →
Thanks to all the invaluable training on Popular Education I have received as an allied (and now as a fellow of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Program) of the works of the Pan-Valley Institute, I now see the fruits of my … Continue reading →
In a hot summer morning we participants of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program and members of the coordinating group tour a Hmong Family garden in the peripheral of Clovis, California. This was part of a cultural exchange activity we … Continue reading →