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Sergio Aguero is the producer of Andale Pictures (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”).

   (213) 437-4414
  anawalt@usc.edu
Sasha Anawalt is the founding director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program and director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC Annenberg. She wrote the best-selling cultural biography, The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company (Scribner, 1996 and published in paperback, University of Chicago Press, 1997). The New York Times acclaimed it a "milestone in dance writing." Anawalt served as chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years, and for two years at the LA Weekly. She is known as the voice of "Dance Notes" -- her dance criticisms and commentaries for KCRW, National Public Radio in Santa Monica, to which she contributed until 2003. A native of New York City and a graduate of Barnard College, she started writing on the arts for the SoHo Weekly News in 1976. Her reviews and features can be found in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Montreal Gazette, Dance Magazine, Ballet Review, and MSNBC-online archives. In May 2005, she helped present the first National Critics Conference hosted by USC Annenberg in Los Angeles.

Betto Arcos is the host of NOCHE DE RONDA on KCSN-88.5 FM, covering the rich territory of Latin and World music in a weekly 3-hour show. Arcos created the daily world music program "Global Village" at KPFK-90.7 FM in Los Angeles where he was also Music Director and Director of Operations for seven years. Arcos has been a contributing reporter and producer for NPR's Latino USA and Radio Bilingüe's Noticiero Latino; he has also co-produced experimental radio art programs with performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña. He graduated cum laude in journalism from the University of Colorado. Arcos works independently as a music promoter and as a manager for singer/songwriters Lila Downs and Marta Gomez. Arcos is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

Gustavo Arellano is an OC Weekly reporter and columnist of “Ask A Mexican.”

   (626) 799-1996
  maxbenavidez@earthlink.net
Max Benavidez is a writer, art historian and independent scholar based in Los Angeles. He served as adjunct faculty at the Cesar Chavez Department for Interdisciplinary Studies at University of California LA (1994 – 2003) and also taught in the UCLA English Department (1994 – 2002). He has lectured on arts and culture at universities and museums throughout the United States and Mexico. He is currently a Resident Scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. His work has appeared in The Fight in the Fields (Harcourt Brace) and Distant Relations (Smart Art Press). He wrote the lead essay for the recent Chicano art book, Chicano Visions (Little Brown/Bulfinch). His third children’s book, Maria de Flor: A Day of the Dead Story, was released this month by Lectura Books. He is currently writing a book on the painter and artist Gronk. In addition, Benavidez is writing a history of Los Angeles for the new La Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ Walkway located in Downtown Los Angeles. He was a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Times in the Calendar and Book Review sections for several years. He was also the director of California Chicano Mural Archive from 1983-85, a collection of 1,500 California Chicano murals currently housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of LA where he majored in Philosophy. He conducted graduate work in Latin American studies also at University of California LA where he received a University of California Regents Pacific Rim Research Grant. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in cultural studies and education at Claremont Graduate University.

Isabel Castro Melendez of UCLA and co-curator of “Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition,” a music exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Art and Industries Building.

   (805) 966-5373
  mgarcia@sbcaf.org
Miki Garcia is the executive director at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA. She is currently curating the exhibition Stereomongrel by Luis Gispert and Jeffrey Reed, with an accompanying catalog and solo projects with artists Rob Fischer, Chris Ballantyne, Francesca Gabbiani and others. Previously, she was with the Public Art Fund, NY, organizing exhibitions for artists such as David Altmejd, Liz Craft, Mark Dion, Mark Handforth Josiah McElheny, Dave Muller, and Anissa Mack. She also curated an annual year-long exhibition at MetroTech center in downtown Brooklyn. From 1999 to 2001, Garcia was a Curatorial Associate at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, where she curated Design From X to Z: Jerry Hirshberg and Nissan Design America, (2001), and co-curated Off Broadway: New Art from Downtown San Diego, (2000). She also worked closely on the exhibition Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, (2000) co-curated by Elizabeth Armstrong and guest curator, Victor Zamudio-Taylor. She has served on numerous panels and juries including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. She has lectured extensively on contemporary art, particularly on emerging artists practicing in the public sphere. Most recently, Garcia co-curated The Sfiles: El Museo’s Bienal 2005 at El Museo Del Barrio with Deborah Cullen, Curator of Exhibitions.Garcia holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

   (323) 602-0123
  ogarza@ciudadmag.com
Oscar Garza brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to his post as editor-in-chief of Tu Ciudad magazine. During his 15-year tenure at The Los Angeles Times, he served for eight years as editor of Daily Calendar, one of the leading arts & entertainment sections in the United States. He supervised Calendar’s contributions to The Times’ Latino Initiative, which was launched to improve the newspaper’s coverage of the Latino community. Calendar’s Latino coverage was recognized with the Raul Julia Award for Public Service from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. During his tenure in Calendar, Garza also conceived and edited two special sections: a supplement in conjunction with the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards; and another to mark an important Diego Rivera exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For the past two years, Garza was deputy editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, where he edited numerous cover stories on subjects ranging from Chicano art to politics to a profile of baseball team owner Arte Moreno.Garza arrived at The Times in 1989 as arts editor at the paper’s San Diego County edition. Prior to that he was arts editor and a columnist at the San Antonio Light in his Texas hometown. Before turning to print journalism, Garza worked in television, including a stint as senior producer at KLRN-TV (PBS) in San Antonio, where he produced several programs for national distribution, including a documentary about Henry Cisneros’ historic election as San Antonio’s mayor in 1981. He also produced PBS’ first-ever news coverage of annual conventions held by the National Council of La Raza and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

   (310) 452-5400
  Edwardgoldman@earthlink.net
Edward Goldman Before immigrating to the U.S. in 1977, Edward Goldman worked for nine years in the Education Department at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad. After immigrating to the United States, Goldman taught Russian Art History at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Shortly after he started his own business as an art consultant/curator for corporate and private clients, among them Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, major international accounting firms. Since 1988, Goldman has been the art critic at KCRW, the Los Angeles-based National Public Radio station, with a weekly “Art Talk” program. From 1998-1999, Goldman was the Arts and Culture Editor of “Life and Times Tonight” on KCET, the Los Angeles-based PBS television station. In 2005, he started to teach seminar classes on art collecting at Otis College of Art and Design. Goldman also contributes articles to numerous art publications and serves as a panelist, moderator and speaker for various museums and arts organizations.

  ritag@lacma.org
Rita Gonzalez is assistant curator and special assistant to the deputy director in the Center for Art of the Americas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From 1997-1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, whwere she worked on numerous exhibitions, lectures & film programs, as well as serving as curatorial coordinator for William Kentridge: Weighing and Wanting. Together with film scholar Norma Iglesias, she curated a film and video series for inSITE 2000. Gonzalez has written for media and art journals including Wide Angle, Poliester, COIL, Signs, and RIM. Forthcoming essays will appear in Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke University Press) and Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from 90s to Now (JRP|Ringier Zurich). She is finalizing her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA. Her dissertation examines the representation of new topographies in post-Chicano visual and media art, as well as the representation of Chicano art in a "globalized" Mexican art scene. With Howard Fox and Chon Noriega, Gonzalez will curate an exhibition on the conceptual and interventionist works by Chicano artists that have been marginalized by both Chicano art and art history.

   (310) 399-5374
Robert Graham is a Mexican-born American sculptor whose work has been exhibited internationally for more than 40 years. Since 1964, his work has been the subject of over 80 solo exhibitions and two retrospective exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico. His work is part of many national and international museum collections. His most recent civic monument is “The Great Bronze Doors” for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. Other civic work includes: "Olympic Gateway" to commemorate the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles, California; “Monument to Joe Louis" in Detroit, Michigan; "The Plumed Serpent" in San Jose, California; “Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C.; "Duke Ellington Memorial" in New York City’s Central Park; “Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker Memorial” in Kansas City, Missouri; “Prologue” to the FDR Memorial, Washington DC. Graham also designed the “National Medal of Arts,” presented by the President of the United States; “The Spirit of Liberty Award” presented by the People for the American Way; “The California Governors’ Award for the Arts”; “The John Huston Award” for Artists Rights Foundation; and "The Gabi Award" for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 1993, Graham received the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award and the California Governor’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the Arts. In 2003, he received the award of the Commander of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He works and lives in Venice, California. He earned his B.A.at San Jose State College, and his M.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Gronk is a nationally renowned painter and performance artist from Los Angeles. During the 1970s, he was one of the founding members of ASCO, an avant-garde multi-media arts collective in Los Angeles. Gronk later turned his attention to drawing, painting and performance art in collaboration with musicians and performers and to stage design for institutions such as the Los Angeles Opera. He is best known for his murals and his very physical approach to painting. Much of his recent work has been done as temporary, mural-scale, site-specific paintings. Gronk’s work is represented in numerous private and museum collections across the country including the Corcoran Gallery of Art ( Washington, D.C.), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He has been the subject of several one person exhibitions at museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. Gronk has collaborated with Peter Sellars on two previous projects. He created the sets for Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat which was performed in Los Angeles, Palermo, Italy, Madrid and Paris. He also created the set for Jean Genet’s The Screens in Los Angeles. Next year, Gronk will be in Albuquerque for the world premiere of his BrainFlame at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. BrainFlame is a 14-minute computer animated piece created by Gronk specifically for the LodeStar Dome Theater. The 55-foot hemispheric screen contains 4,750 square feet of images ranging from a rocky desert landscape to a gigantic glass brain. The digital canvas fills viewers’ entire field of vision as they lean back in parallel with the 25 degree tilted dome.

   (323) 881-9601
  funkahuatl@azteca.net
Ruben Guevara "reveals and connects the hidden spirit of this city's seemingly disparate angels and cultures through the poetry of its music." His writings include View from the Sixth Street Bridge: A History of Chicano Rock (Pantheon, 1984) and Chicanos Rock California: A HIstory, a music installation currently in the traveling multimedia art show Chicano Now: An American Experience (Smithsonian Institution, 2002). He staged and directed Surcos Alternativos: Alternative Grooves From Mexamérica as guest curator for the Getty Center's inaugural The Summer Sessions series (2002).  He was also guest curator, artistic director, and narrator for The Eastside Revue 1932-2002: A Musical Homage to Boyle Heights, featuring archetypal giants of Chicano rock, past and present. The concert was presented in conjunction with the Japanese American National Museum's exhibition, Boyle Heights: The Power of Place.  A former visiting associate professor of Chicano music and rock 'n' roll at UCLA, Guevara is a frequent lecturer and speaker on the history of Chicano rock and culture.

Agustin Gurza is a music and general Latino culture beat reporter for the Los Angeles Times and former columnist, Times Orange County edition Metro section.

   (310) 794-0663
  dhayesb@ucla.edu
David Hayes-Bautista is internationally recognized for his research on the culture and health of Latinos, focusing on the dynamics and processes of the health status of that population. Hayes-Bautista is professor of medicine at UCLA but one important outcome of his growing body of work, and a significant contribution to the field of medicine, was his establishment of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC), which he directs. The center houses Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research and provides a resource for training medical students, health care providers and public health officials to manage the care of Latino patients effectively, efficiently and economically. He is also the director of the UCLA/Drew Center of Excellence for Minority Medical Education, which is dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians in clinical and academic careers. In addition to those responsibilities, Dr. Hayes-Bautista serves on a number of university, national, regional, local and international bodies. He has an important voice in the national and statewide dialogue concerning the provision and access to health care. Dr. Hayes-Bautista is also the faculty advisor for the UCLA/Drew chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, the pre-medical group Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) and he is a senior advisor to the California Latino Medical Association.To date Dr. Hayes-Bautista has produced over 90 publications, including books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, and editorials. His work has appeared in a variety of medical journals including Family Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Academic Medicine and Salud Publica de Mexico. He has authored over 50 proposals for funded research projects. In addition, he has given over 800 presentations to medical and lay communities and to government agencies concerned with our nation’s health care delivery system. Dr. Hayes-Bautista has received more than 70 commendations for his work. These include the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Award, the March of Dimes Viva Los Ninos Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Health Sciences Eagle Award, and the Surgeon General’s Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative Certificate. He came to UCLA from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health to head the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in 1986. He joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Hayes-Bautista, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, earning his Masters and his Doctorate in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Guillermo Hernandez is a professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA.

Victoria Infante is the La Vibra editor.

   (310) 247-8885
  billk@latinart.com
Bill Kelly Jr. is an educator, independent writer, curator, and critic who lives in Los Angeles. As the director of the online art journal www.LatinArt.com, his work is informed by globalized and shifting considerations in the fields of Latin American and Latino art. Given L.A.'s geographic, cultural, and economic realities, those shifts have become more frequent and their effects more visible and pronounced. With the support of LatinArt.com, Kelly is establishing and organizing a free lecture series entitled "Offline Dialogues" where these considerations can be addressed in person. His upcoming curatorial projects include the work of Venezuelan artist Alexander Apóstol at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in early 2006 and the work of artists from Tijuana at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Rosario, Argentina (MACRO) in late 2006. Kelly holds a graduate degree from the University of New Mexico in early 19th century colonial art studies and is currently pursuing his PhD in contemporary theory and criticism at University of California San Diego.

   (951) 827-1907
  joshkun@mac.com
Josh Kun is associate professor of English at University of California Riverside and the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America ( University of California Press, 2005). A recent guest of The Ucross Foundation, he is a contributing writer to both Los Angeles Magazine and Tu Ciudad magazine, and a monthly arts columnist for The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Boston Phoenix. For the past 12 years, he has been teaching and writing about Latino culture, music, and literature in a variety of media. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, SPIN, Mother Jones, and Salon, as well as in numerous schoalrly journals and book anthologies (including, most recently, the edited collection from Trilce Press in Mexico City, This is Tijuana!: El Paso de Nortec). He has also worked in radio (as a critic for National Public Radio, as the host of The Red Zone, latin alternative radio show on Y107/Viva) and on television (as the host of music video shows The Red Zone on MTV-espanol and Rokamole on LATV; and as co-creator/music supervisor for a series of pilots for the VOY network). In 2002 he co-curated Lines of Sight: Views of the US/Mexican Border, a traveling show of contemporary border art. He is also a co-founder of Reboot Stereophonic, a non-profit record label dedicated to Jewish-American music that in 2005 re-issued The Irving Fields Trio's Bagels and Bongos. He is currently co-editing Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Mambo, and is at work on his second book, The World Begins Here: The View From Tijuana.

   (212) 387-0545
  susan@susanbergholz.com
Ruben Martinez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, poet and performer, an associate professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and the author of Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (Picador). His most recent book, The New Americans (The New Press), a series of essays on migration and the global era, is the companion to the acclaimed PBS television series of the same name. Martínez’s The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond (Vintage), a collection of essays and poetry, also won widespread critical acclaim. Eastside Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, a book of photographs by award-winning photographer Joseph Rodriguez, with text by Martínez, was published by PowerHouse Books in June, 1998. Martínez was Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 2001-2002, and he is also a recipient of a Lannan Foundation fellowship in non-fiction. He also has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” was news editor at the L.A. Weekly, and won an Emmy Award as host for the KCET (PBS-Los Angeles) politics and culture series, “Life & Times.” He has appeared as a politically commentator on ABC’s Nightline, Politically Incorrect, Frontline, and on CNN. Martínez has often collaborated with musicians. He has composed and performed works included on albums such as Concete Blonde y Los Illegals (Ark-21 Records) and The Roches’ Zero Church (Redhouse Records). He is currently at work on a solo album.

   (213) 896-2065
  Antonio.Mejias@laopinion.com
Antonio Mejias-Rentas is the arts and entertainment editor at La Opinión, Los Angeles' Spanish-language newspaper, where he oversees the daily "Espectáculos" section. For over 20 years, Mejías-Rentas has written a weekly column for the nationally distributed Hispanic Link Weekly Report, focusing on Latino participation in the national arts and entertainment scene. He is a frequent commentator on the nationally syndicated radio show "Latino USA," and a contributing writer to various national publications. Antonio is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a group for which he served as a board member for two consecutive terms.In 2003 he returned to his post at La Opinión after a three-year hiatus, during which he worked on several writing projects.

   (510) 757-4212
  victor@merina.net
Victor Merina is a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism and is serving as senior fellow for WKC on the Covering Indian Country seminar. He also is an editor for reznetnews.org that showcases stories and photo essays about Native Americans. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, he was a member of the paper's investigative projects team that was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for its series “And Justice for Some: Homicides in Los Angeles County.” He also shared in the paper’s 1993 Pulitzer for spot news coverage of the L.A. riots following the Rodney King verdict. A former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Merina has led writing workshops in South Africa and taught at the American Indian Journalism Institute in South Dakota, as well as the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute in Nashville. Merina has spoken at the Harvard Nieman Narrative Writing Conference and at various National Writers Workshops and journalism conventions including those organized by the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the UNITY consortium of minority journalist organizations. He also was a teaching fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a University of California Regents Lecturer. He has presented at the University of Hawaii, University of Alaska at Anchorage, the University of Missouri, Columbia University and other colleges. Merina writes occasionally for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Sunday Opinion section. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. He has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

   (310) 440-6694
  jrmiles@getty.edu
Jack Miles a MacArthur Fellow (2002-2007) and senior advisor to the president at the J. Paul Getty Trust, is a writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and has been translated into 16 languages, including Hebrew and (twice) Chinese. A sequel to that book entitled CHRIST: A Crisis in the Life of God was published simultaneously in 2001 in the United States, Britain, Germany, and France. Dutch, Italian, Japanese, and Brazilian translations are in progress or in print. Over a period of nearly 20 years, Miles was successively an editor at Doubleday, executive editor at the University of California Press, literary editor at the Los Angeles Times, and finally a member of the Times Editorial Board, writing on politics and culture. He is Senior Fellow with the Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the final selection committee of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and is general editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions. Miles has been Mellon Visiting Professor of Humanities at Caltech, director of the Humanities Center at the Claremont Graduate University, Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Visiting Fellow with the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science, University of Chicago, and is currently visiting fellow at Occidental College. He is fluent in several modern languages. Miles served as a member of the nonfiction jury for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. In 1996, he chaired the jury for the Irish Times International Fiction award. He was the founding director and for seven years the jury chair of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards at the Claremont Graduate University. Miles is a past president of the National Book Critics Circle, and an advisory board member of PEN Center USA West. Born in Chicago in 1942, he spent the years 1960-1970 as a Jesuit seminarian, studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, 1964-1966, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1966-1967, before enrolling at Harvard University where he completed a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages in 1971.

  Lorenza.munoz@latimes.com
Lorenza Munoz is a business reporter covering entertainment and Hollywood for The Los Angeles Times. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Munoz’s family moved to California when she was 6 years old and she grew up in Mission Viejo, a suburb of Orange County. She attended University of California Berkeley on an athletic scholarship from 1989-1993. After a summer in Europe where she interned in Britain's reputable television channel ITN, she returned to Los Angeles. In 1994 she became an editorial assistant at the Los Angeles Times' Westside bureau and eventually applied for a reporter position through the paper's METPRO program. She was accepted and has been at the paper ever since. She has worked in the paper's Ventura County, Orange County and downtown editions covering a range of beats from cops, to city government to the military to entertainment. In 1998, she began covering entertainment for the Calendar section focusing on Latino arts and film. Last year she was moved to the paper's Business section to cover Hollywood including DreamWorks studio and the country's movie exhibition industry. She graduated from Berkeley in 1993 with honors and a degree in Political Science.

Jon Pareles is the chief popular music critic for The New York Times, where he has been writing regularly since 1982. He is the contributing editor of the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon and Schuster). He has also been a music editor at the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, and his reviews and features have appeared in Spin, Blender, the Real Paper ( Boston), The Washington Post and many other publications. He has a B.A. from Yale University, and is often seen in the middle of a dance floor scrawling in a notebook.

   (510) 233-8015
  contact@loscenzontles.com
Eugene Rodriguez is a third generation Mexican American musician exploring and promoting Mexican roots music as a way to better define the legacy, identity and culture of Mexican American as well as inspire new forms of musical expression. He is currently the executive director of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, a community organization based in San Pablo, CA, that is dedicated to the promotion of traditional culture as a means to strengthen individual youth and the community at large. In 1989, he formed youth group Los Cenzontles as a California Arts Council Artist in Residence incorporated Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in 1994. He has produced 15 CDs for Los Cenzontles, two of which, ‘Con Su Permiso, Señores’ and ‘De Una Bonita’, were released on folk label Arhoolie Records. In 1995, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children for his production of ‘Papa’s Dream’ a bilingual recording with Los Lobos and Lalo Guerrero. Additionally he produced and performed on Mexican folk group Mono Blanco’s CD entitled ‘El Mundo Se Va a Acabar’ on Urtext Records. He recently produced the documentary Pasajero, A Journey of Time and Memory and is currently working on two additional documentary projects that examine the evolving issues of cultural identity. Rodriguez has received recognition and awards that include the 2002 California Arts Council Director’s Award; the Contra Costa County Arts Commission Arts Recognition award; the National Latino Children’s Agenda Promesa Award; and three grants from the U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture. In 2002, LCMAC was awarded the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He has lectured on California university campuses and community colleges. Rodriguez studied humanities at University of California Santa Cruz and received his Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

   (213) 437-4407
  phillip@cityprojects.net
Phillip Rodriguez is a documentary filmmaker. His work includes Los Angeles Now, an examination of the nation's second largest city; Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana, a fresh look at distant neighbors; Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot, a reconsideration of multiculturalism in the contemporary art world. He is currently at work on Latinos: Here & Now, a four part series for PBS. He also is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communications. Rodriguez is a graduate of University of California Berkeley and has an M.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.F.A. in Film and Television from U.C.L.A. He also studied Art History and Spanish Literature at Universidad Cumplutense de Madrid.

Juan Rodriguez Flores is a film writer.

   (213) 626-6222
  aruiz@moca.org
Alma Ruiz is associate curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art, with a primary focus on the postwar period in Italy and Latin America, as well as working with emerging artists. Her most recent projects include “Carlos Garaicoa,” a one-person show of the Havana-based artist (2005); “Sitestepper: Relational Architecture 10” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (2004); “Three Religions, no God and the Children,” a commissioned installation by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and “Charlie,” a mechanical sculpture by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan (both 2003); a midcareer survey of the work of Gabriel Orozco (2000); “The Experimental Exercise of Freedom” (1999); “Ana Mendieta: Siluetas” and “Todo Cambia” (1998); “Cicatriz” (1996); and “Piero Manzoni: Line Drawings” (1995). In addition, Alma was the curator in charge of the traveling exhibitions “Basquiat,” (2005), “David Hockney: Photoworks” (2001), and “Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962–1972” (2002). She is currently working on, “Damian Ortega: The Beetle Trilogy and Other Works” (November 2005), “William Kentridge: 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès” (December 2005), and “Poetics of the Handmade” emerging Latino/Latin American artists (November 2006). Since 1999, Ruiz has served as a panelist for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and as a grants reviewer for the U.S.–Mexico Fund for Arts and Culture in 2000 and 2001. She has been a juror and panelist for numerous exhibitions and art biennials in the United States and Latin America. Her interest in Italian contemporary art has led her to organize several exhibitions as a guest curator at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles. Ruiz was born in Guatemala City and moved to Los Angeles in 1972. She completed her undergraduate work in art history at the University of Southern California in 1979, her graduate work in Italian literature and language at Middlebury College in Vermont and the University of Florence in Italy in 1981, and from 1992 to 1994 was enrolled in the graduate program in art history at the School of Arts, California State University at Northridge.

Jeff Valdez chairman, launched the country’s first English language Latino cable network, SiTV, which targets hip, young, accultured Hispanics.

   (562) 500-7219
  chelinavargas@hotmail.com
Chelina Vargas is the producer and host of The Red Zone, a Latin alternative radio show which airs on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles, and nationally through United Stations Radio Network. The Red Zone made history in 1999 as the first Latin Alternative specialty show to air on an English-language commercial station, and once again this year as the first Latin Alternative specialty show to be picked up for national syndication. Vargas has been involved in the Latin music industry for the past six years, organizing the successful Latin Alternative Music Conference and working with bands such as Fabulosos Cadillacs, Aterciopelados, Nortec Collective, Plastilina Mosh and others. Most recently, she joined LATV, the Los Angeles based Latin music, video and lifestyle television network, where she is responsible for Talent bookings for LATV Live.

Mario Ybarra is an artist and founder of Slanguage Gallery

 
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