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An Evening with the Cultura Collective


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An Evening with the Cultura Collective

Get to know the artist cooperative, Cultura Collective, on December 09 at UICA. Enjoy a full evening of family-friendly activities, panel discussions, and performances that initiate conversations about race and identity in our community. A cash bar serving beer and wine will be available from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Cultura Collective will be contributing a permanent artifact to the exhibition Organize Your Own, curated by Daniel Tucker. The traveling exhibition, now on view at UICA, features new works by contemporary artists and poets that respond to the history of the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism.

Past and present Cultura Collective participants include: Gustavo Bastidas, Willie Bolden, Andre Daley, George Eberhardt, Piper Adonya Fields, Gerardo Flores, David Frison, Yesenia Gomez, Noemi Gonzalez, Ricardo Gonzalez, Edye Evans Hyde, Javier Jauregui, Keyon Lovett, Jovan Naves, Sammy Publes, Fernando Ramirez, Nancy Quero Ramirez, Colby Roanhorse, Sofia Ramirez Hernandez, Steffanie Rosalez, Alejandro Ruiz Jr., Josh Solas, and Javier Torres.

Schedule of Events:

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Family Activities in The Studio
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Enjoy hands-on art making activities led by Cultura Collective. Create a work of art that incorporates themes of identity and diversity using the materials provided in The Studio. Learn about how to have conversations with kids about identity using art as a tool.

*This activity is designed for children 1 - 10 years old but can be enjoyed by all ages.


Panel Introduction: Who is Cultura Collective?
6:45 - 7:00 pm

Get to know the members of Cultura Collective during a panel discussion led by Steffanie Rosalez. Learn about the work being done by the collective to support creative persons of color in our city and the collective’s impact on Grand Rapids’ art scene.


Contemporary Dance Performance by Visions Dance Company
7:00 pm, 8:10 pm

Experience an original, contemporary dance performance by Visions Dance Company. A digital version of the performance will be added to the traveling exhibition, Organize Your Own, curated by Daniel Tucker and on view now at UICA.


Panel Discussion with Members of the Cultura Collective
7:10 pm

Join UICA for a panel talk with Cultura Collective facilitated by Miranda Krajniak, UICA’s Executive Director. After, meet and mingle with members of the collective and get to know the artists and creative change agents behind the award-winning cooperative.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

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