NFA 2015 Artist-Ensemble Grantees

NFA 2015 Artist-Ensemble Grantees (20)

Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:54

Jenelle Esparza

43 NFA Jenelle Esparza page


NFA Artist: San Antonio Artist Grant $5,400  | Visual Arts | San Antonio, TX


Color de la Obra


To support sociological research of Latino communities along the US/Mexico borderlands and create and exhibit artwork that provides historical insight into the production of cotton as it relates to the lives and lineage of Latino/as in the Southern United States. Color de la Obra examines and artistically documents the production of cotton as it relates to migration of agricultural workers from Mexico to the US.


Saturday, 30 January 2016 16:54

Federico Chávez-Blanco

42 NFA Chavez Blanco page


NFA Artist: San Antonio Artist Grant $5,400  | Music | San Antonio, TX


Cenicienta, a Quinceañera with


a taste of Cinderella


To support the completion of the Master score book for “Cenicienta, a Quinceañera with a taste of Cinderella”, a musical that highlights the quinceañera, providing insight into Latino traditions, Mariachi music with a touch of salsa, cumbia, merengue and cha cha cha. Chavez-Blanco will produce a Conductor's Book that will contain 43 music cues and 170 individual parts for Mariachi and produce digital practice tracks. The musical, from the playwright Pam Redman, a former SAISD music teacher, will be performed by SAISDʼs Edison High School in spring 2016 by its Drama and Dance departments and three of the best High School mariachi programs, Fox Tech, Edison and Brackenridge.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 10:51

Anna de Luna

41 NFA Anna de luna page


NFA Artist: San Antonio Artist Grant $5,400  | Theatre | San Antonio, TX


The AIDS Lady


To support the completion and production of The AIDS Lady, a truthful and comedic, theatrical solo performance that grew from the artist's experiences working as an HIV tester in the South Texas community. The target audience will be at-risk, Latino teenagers from alternative high-schools and juvenile detention centers in San Antonio. De Luna will perform a live, HIV rapid test on herself and will provide the opportunity for students to get tested after each performance.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 10:46

Anel I. Flores

40 NFA Anel Flores page


NFA Artist: San Antonio Artist Grant $5,400  | Literature | San Antonio, TX


Cortinas de Lluvia: A Semi-Historical Novel


To support the completion of the final draft of Cortinas de Lluvia, a novel where "Truths are unleashed onto her south Texas border town when Sol returns home to make peace with her dying mother after being disowned 15 years prior for kissing a girl.” Flores is being mentored by Dr. Norma Cantu during the drafting process and will work with Erasmo Guerra, Michelle Otero, Maria Limon and other Latino writers to conduct readings of her work and share the writing in classrooms and community spaces.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 10:02

Adriana M Garcia

39 NFA Adriana Garcia In My Mind I Try page


NFA Artist: San Antonio Artist Grant $5,400  | Interdisciplinary | San Antonio, TX


All Around Us


 To support the completion of All Around Us, a children’s picture book which reflects Native American/Mestiza culture as it exists today. San Antonio-based visual artist Adriana M Garcia will develop and produce illustrations for a manuscript written by collaborator Xelena González. The project aims to honor traditions rooted in the collaborators’ heritage, while simultaneously exploring modern motifs through literary and visual art. The fully illustrated book will be presented in three mediums: online as a digital e-book; publicly through interactive story times; and as a public art installation in at least one San Antonio park.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:36

Judy Baca

27 NFA Judith Baca page


NFA Artist: Master Artist $15,000  | Visual Arts | Venice, CA


The extension of the Great Wall of Los Angeles


Mural: The Great Wall Institute


Partner: Carlos Rogel


To support The extension of the Great Wall of Los Angeles Mural: The Great Wall Institute, a training project and collaboration with Carlos Rogel who will lead youth artists in the continuation of the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural, which is now a half-mile long in the Los Angeles River. The mural depicts early California history to the 1950s and historic contributions by people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBT communities. Beginning in 1976, Baca led the production over 5 summers, painting with 400 at-risk youth and artists. Baca restored the mural in 2011 with a grant from the California Cultural Historical Endowment. This project will result in the design of four mural segments, focusing on the 1960s–1990s, as well as the development of a new generation of youth artists.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:34

John Jota Leaños

26 NFA John Jota Leanos page


NFA Artist: Master Artist $15,000  | Media Arts | San Francisco, CA




Partner: Crystal Gonzalez


To support the collaboration and mentorship between artists John Jota Leaños and Crystal González for the making of ¡Eureka!, an animated documentary that traces key moments of colonial California and the making of the West from Native and Latina/o perspectives. The documentary uses cartoons, music and humor to weave an alternative social history of California, revealing histories of migration, displacement and racial tension that shaped the American west. Animator John Jota Leaños will work with emerging animator Crystal González to produce storyboards and character design for the documentary animation as well as support the development of González’ own animation projects.

25 NFA Jesus Manuel Cepeda Brenes page


NFA Artist: Master Artist $15,000  | Folk/Traditional Arts (Music) | San Juan, PR


De Santurce a la Bahia: La Bomba Es Vida


Partner: Denise Solis


To support De Santurce a la Bahia: La Bomba Es Vida, an apprenticeship project between two Bomba communities that will include public workshops, one-on-one coaching and documentation of historical esoteric songs and rhytms of Bomba. The encounter will include a series of workshops led by Jesús Cepeda through a 2-month training program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Denise Solis’ residency will consist of an in depth study with Cepeda Brenes focusing on learning the 28 bomba rhythms in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 09:28

Xandra Ibarra

24 NFA Sandra Ibarra page


NFA Artist Project $5000 | Multidisciplinary |  Oakland, CA




To support Untitled a visual and performance art exhibition by Xandra Ibarra that contends with the pleasures and perils of employing a hyper-racialized/ sexualized persona as an artistic strategy to combat racial tropes. Using parody, or what she calls “spictacles ” from 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra embodied her own racial and sexual abjection through her persona La Chica Boom. The exhibition will feature La Chica Boom’s works through various visual art components such as video, photographs, installation and objects that use hyper-representations of Latino raciality/sexuality/gender as a mode of inquiry into the relationships between Latinidad, pop-culture, and political initiatives.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 09:25

Tanya Aguiñiga

23 TANYA AGUINIGA Sample6 Lineas page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Crafts | Los Angeles, CA


Nurturing the Border


To support Nurturing the Border, a collaborative commuter-sourced woven, knitted and crocheted project with Mexican-Americans living in Mexico who commute to the US on a daily basis while waiting to cross the San Ysidro Border. The work will include a performance, followed by distribution of material and instructional packets for commuters to execute woven/knit/crocheted components during their wait. The collaborative pieces will be amassed into a site-specific installation that grows out of a rented storefront on the Mexican side of the border crossing. The resulting work and documentation will travel to CAFAM for the Design on the Border exhibition.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:24

Suzan Beraza

22 NFA Suzan Beraza page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Media Arts | Telluride, CO


¡No Soy Puta!


Partner: Erika Morillo


To support the documentary film project, ¡No Soy Puta! Each year, millions of tourists flock to the Dominican Republic for a taste of tropical paradise and for one of the island’s main attractions: sex. ¡NO SOY PUTA! tells the story of two women, Pikilina, a Haitian sex worker, and Belkis, a Dominican prostitute-turned-activist, as they strive to build better lives for their families and struggle to survive as racial and political violence erupts on their island.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:22

Rada Film Group

21 NFA Michele Stephenson Rada page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY




To support the production of HISPANIOLA, a feature documentary, that explores the impact of the 2013 Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruling that strips the citizenship of over 200,000 individuals born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian parents. Filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will follow families directly impacted by the TC-168 ruling and examine the difficult racial, cultural, historical, social and political reasoning behind the decision, as well as the questions the issue poses for the international community at large.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 09:19

Paul S. Flores

20 NFA Paul Flores page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Theatre | San Francisco, CA


Arresting Life


To support the creation of the play Arresting Life (formerly I Want to Live) in a collaborative, intergenerational, bilingual, community-based setting to activate healing and social movement to interrupt the intersection of the school to prison and deportation pipeline, police violence, and racial profiling. Flores will create workshop space, performance pieces, and audience experiences designed to humanize and heal his own community. Arresting Life will culminate in a theatrical performance, exploring the lives of young brown and black folks arrested, harassed, and targeted by police, ultimately asking: how do folks live in a state of police brutality?

Sunday, 31 January 2016 09:16

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

19 NFA Jorge Ignacio Cortinas page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Theatre | New York, NY


Blame Me


To support research in Puerto Rico and a one-week workshop in New York, both in support of a new, multi-disciplinary play entitled BLAME ME. Using movement, original music and text, the play dramatizes the story of a writer who was sexually abused during his childhood in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, his self-imposed exile in bohemian circles in New York, his eventual suicide and the subsequent legal battles spearheaded by his surviving friends to try and publish his fiction over the objections of his biological family.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 09:12

Felipe Salles Group

18 NFA FelipeSalles page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Music | Florence, MA


Ugandan Suite


 To support the performance of Ugandan Suite, by Brazilian composer Felipe Salles, the culmination of many years of research in the fields of jazz, African and Brazilian music. It will be preceded by a three-part workshop/master class on African music tradition, how it influenced the development of jazz and Brazilian music, and how those cultures meet again in this work. This project is in partnership with the Painted Bride Art Center of Philadelphia.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:11

Cristina Molina

17 NFA Cristina Molina page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Visual Arts | New Orleans, LA


Crystal Radio--Private Symphonies


To support Crystal Radio--Private Symphonies, an audio visual installation that transmits intimate, experimental soundscapes directly into audience member's heads via the consumption of a crystalline lollipop. When the viewer introduces the pop into the mouth and bites down, the audio portion of the artwork can be heard. This is achieved through denta-mandibular technology which allows the vibrations from the sound to travel from the audio output located within the crystal base, up the metal dowel, through the mandible, and into the ear.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:10

Cecilia Aldarondo

16 NFA Cecilia Aldarondo page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY


Memories of a Penitent Heart


To support MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART, a film combining a wealth of home video and written letters with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. In 1987, the artist's uncle Miguel repented of his homosexuality as he lay dying of AIDS in a hospital. He left behind a grieving lover, a devout Catholic mother, and a lot of troubling rumors. A generation later, the artist searches for Miguel’s partner in an effort to understand the circumstances behind Miguel’s deathbed decision.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:08

Alixa Garcia

15 NFA Alixa Garcia page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY


Shadow Boxing


To support Shadow Boxing, a project comprised of multi-dimensional, hand-crafted and individually painted lightboxes, equipped with motion sensors that activate the unique lighting and soundscape of each art piece. The lightboxes represent and give literal voice to the personal narratives of 33 undocumented to first generation, LGBTQI immigrants from 33 countries through both low and high tech approaches.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:04

Alexey Taran / Bistoury Inc.

14 NFA Alexey TaranSMALL page


NFA Artist Project $5,000  | Theatre | Miami, FL




To support Bistoury's premiere of TRIBE the new choreography of Alexey Taran, a dance and theater performance examining the spectrum of stories of homelessness through imagery and physicality, based on the gestures and lives of community members that find themselves in a situation of homelessness and a lack of protection; stories that do not discriminate based on race, gender identity and expression, nationality, religion and sexual orientation. TRIBE is an homage to these people’s lives. TRIBE is commissioned by Miami-Dade County Auditorium and will be presented at Fresh / Brand New & On.Stage Series 2016, and the New Music USA.

Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:02

Alberto Borea

13 NFA Alberto Borea cuandonohaynadieninada page


NFA Artist Project $5,000 | Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY


Primitivismos / Mental Maps


To support Primitivismos / Mental Maps, a project that consists of 8 works on panel creating cartographies of identity and a dialogue with concepts related to Progress and Primitivism. These works will contain information, materials and objects collected from sources including research by anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. Borea will experiment with cement, resin and urban waste as a way of continuing his investigations in his museum of "Urban Archaeology."