Sunday, November 14, 2010


Amate is back for it's 9th year... Come support my beautiful strong hermanas of the Bay Area on Friday Dec.3rd, from 7-9pm at Intersection for the Arts, here in San Francisco. This is a wonderful event, full of positive, creative, and powerful mujeres painting their stories and sharing them with us... you don't wanna miss this!!!

From Intersection of the Arts website:

Our exploration of the sights and sounds of the Mission begins this December. Join us for a standout spoken word event that has showcased accomplished poets and performers eight years and counting. The tradition continues as Amate spreads its wings and brings the show down Mission Street to Intersection 5M. Founder and organizer Leticia Hernandez presents a ninth year of the finest women's poetry, performance, and song. The all-star lineup of artists includes Meldy Hernandez,Natalia Vigil, Reina prado, and Jewelle Gomez. DJ Special K graces the night with her turntables and local artisans will sell their one of kind wares. Special guests, Las Bomberas de la Bahia will close the evening Puerto Rican style with Bomba music and dance. This year we'll give extra love to the Mission with a multimedia tribute to Mission District Art by Amanda Lopez, Michelle Gutierrez and master muralist Juana Alicia.


Juana Alicia is a muralist, printmaker, educator, activist and painter who loves to draw. She has been teaching for thirty years, working in many areas of education, from community organizing to migrant and bilingual education to arts education, from kindergarten to graduate school levels. Currently she is full-time faculty at Berkeley City College, where she directs a public art program called True Colors.

Bomberas de la Bahia, an ensemble of Bay Area artists, educators, and activists is dedicated to continuing to maintain Bomba, Puerto Rico's oldest African influenced musical tradition, a living cultural art form; and contribute to growing the tradition by highlighting the important role women play in supporting our communities. By educating through both performance, workshops, and in community contexts as well as through collaboration with other Bomba practitioners and mentors from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora, Las Bomberas del la Bahia strive to continue to be in the practice of honoring this tradition in the Bay Area. Las Bomberas de la Bahia have performed throughout the Bay Area for educational institutions, cultural centers, and cultural festivals and in two commissioned original works, La Bomba es Nuestra (La Pena Cultural Center, April 2007) and Cimarronaje (Laney College, July 2008).

Jewelle Gomez is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning lesbian vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES which has been in print for almost 20 years. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry are included in over one hundred anthologies. She has written essays, literary and film criticism for numerous publications including ‘The Village Voice,' MS Magazine,' ‘The Advocate, ‘The San Francisco Chronicle,' and ‘Black Scholar.' She's taught creative writing and popular culture in campuses across the country and at Intersection for the Arts. She is currently director of grants for Horizons, the oldest queer foundation in the US and serves as President of the San Francisco Public Library Commission. She recently finished her second novel, TELEVISED; and a play about James Baldwin, which will be produced next fall at New Conservatory Theatre.

Michelle Gutierrez is a photographer based in San Francisco. She has covered various topics in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, and the US. When living in South America she worked on long-term projects about children, women, indigenous communities, culture, and those affected by exploitation of their land. Home in San Francisco at the moment with those close to her heart, she is working again with independent community journalism, women, children, culture, and against discrimination of any type. She is grateful to be turning her attention these days towards teaching photography and asking her students to express their identities and culture.

Writer and educator, Leticia Hernández, has presented her music and teatro-infused poetry throughout the country and in El Salvador for over a decade. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, anthologies and literary journals, some of which include, Street Art San Francisco, and Latino Literature Today. Razor Edges of my Tongue, her chapbook of poetry, was published by Calaca Press in 2002. She has taught literature, creative writing, and worked with youth and community-based organizations throughout California. A Mission resident of fifteen years, she is currently completing a poetry manuscript and spoken word c.d. entitled Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl, funded by a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. In 2001, she began organizing and hosting Pinta tu Propio Mundo an annual women's poetry, performance, and art event. Under its new name, Amate: Women Painting Stories, this series is now part of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program. For more info about Leticia and her work visit

Meldy Hernandez, BSN, MPH is a multidisciplinary public health artist/nurse who believes in the power of stories to promote health. Utilizing over twelve years of global experience in nursing and public health along with her lifelong passion for dance, theater, and poetry, she strives to promote health through the arts. Her energetic dance and poetry infused work has been performed in Spain, West Africa, and Bay Area community theaters including the Marsh, Counterpulse, Stage Werx, the Thick House, and Off-Market Theater. Meldy's solo-shows, "Nursing in Timbuktu" & "Bathala Na!," showcase her adventures as an RN in Africa and the stories of mothers, daughters, breast cancer and the drums of hope. Ms. Hernandez regularly presents at health conferences and has assisted in teaching a number of university courses including Women's Health, Global Health, Promoting Positive Health, storytelling, and community building workshops. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a Women's Studies focus from Seattle University and Master of Public Health in Health Education from San Francisco State University. Her unique solo performance artistic style has been most influenced by her studies with David Ford and Anthem Salgado.

Amanda Lopez was born and raised in Sacramento, California under the watchful eye of her parents and paintings of La Virgen de Guadalupe. Her father lent her a camera at the age of 17, and photography soon became her savior. She studied art at San Francisco State University, and continued to shoot around the Bay Area and beyond. Whether she's photographing Latina homegirls, street musicians in the Mission District or members of her family, Lopez's camera eye looks for a balance of beauty, strength and urban tenacity. Her work has been published in Vibe, XXL, Essence, XLR8R, Hamburger Eyes, Roger Gastman's "Street World" and Upper Playground "Backyard Shake Down." Lopez continues to be influenced by her Latina background and the energy of American cities. She believes La Virgen de Guadalupe has guided her well.

Reina alejandra prado's performances and poetry challenge taboos imposed on Latinas by delving into the realm of the erotic affirming that sexesmiotroerórtico (sex is my other erotic). In August, she completed a Hothouse Residency through UCLA's World Arts & Culture Program to continue work on her solo performance Whipped! Prado has performed to audiences throughout the United States and internationally in Scotland, Mexico and Cuba. She is also a founding member of The NeoSpinsters and is currently collaborating with Words with a Purpose. You may contact her for readings and performances via her website:

DJ Special K. is a Bay Area DJ and Visual Artist. She is known for moving dance floors with her stylistic fusion of Hip Hop, Latin, Brazilian, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Afro-beat and 80's Freestyle.

Natalia M. Vigil was born and raised in the Bay Area, one of five sisters. She finds wonder in the resiliency and complexity of friends/family/individuals around her and aims to capture this in her writing. She marvels at the forms a story can take; identity poem, myth, letter and more. Her collaborative work has appeared in Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts' Día de los Muertos show and San Francisco's Queer Arts Festival. She was a proud participant of the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Writing Workshop and Intersection for Arts Intergenerational Writer's Lab 2010. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, but began her writing career in first grade when she wrote the poem, "You Make Me Glitter Up", for her teacher Mrs. Kahn.


Itzpapalotl is a clothing line made for a warrior woman. She dresses to accentuate her curves and the brownness of her skin. She mixes old huipiles with jeans and old Mexican jewelry or a Guatemalan skirt with a small top and jean jacket. This woman is fighting injustice by day and a danzante by night. Itzpapalotl is a line that appeals to professional freedom fighting women. She needs her garments to be comfortable and versatile. These are garments that compliment this woman's all around beauty, indiviuality and fighting spirit. Itzpapalotl Clothing is now available for our fighting brothers also. Itzpapalotl is for people who fight this struggle everyday.

Rachel-Anne Palacios is part of the Oakland Artisan Marketplace and sells her work at the Jack London Square farmer's market on Sundays. Her booth, called Devika's Palacio (Little Goddess's Palace) offers handcrafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets, decoupaged and embellished light-switch covers, picture frames, magnets, belt buckles, and nichos (shrines or spirit houses). She is of Mexican, Peruvian and El Salvadorean descent. Being born in the U.S. has given her a serious motivation to reconnect with her ancestral roots through dance, art and food and learn about other cultures in the process. A self-taught, multicultural artist her pieces reflect the respect she has for culture, religion, traditional values, elders, and the cycle of life and death.

La LadyCakes is sugar and spice and everything nice...a High-Femme QSMOC (Queer Single Mother of Color) of two little rambunctious nene's, Theory- Enthusiast, Passionate baker/lover/mother/youth-worker/student who *hearts* making tummies smile and swoon.

Martha Rodriguez is an urban folk artist with a background working in social welfare and education. Attending college during the student movements of the 1970's, she grew intimately connected to the pride and rich history of her Chicano / Mexicano ancestry. She is a self taught painter and mixed media artist, and also works in installation and jewelry design. With roots forever planted in her beloved Mexico, she also cites her life as a native Californian, urban dweller, mother, wife, child of 60's pop as influences in her work.


Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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