Christina Maria Patiño Houle is a mixed race and mixed indigenous femme whose ancestors migrated from Tamaulipeco and Innus territory to Coahuiltecan territory. She is a Co-Founder and the Lead Visionary of Las Imaginistas, a member of the Race Froward Butterfly Lab on immigrant narrative strategy, Network Weaver of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, and a Co-Chair for the Southern Borders Community Coalition. Patiño Houle has worked with Creative Time (NY) and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (NY), holds a MFA from Columbia University (NY) and an EdM from Harvard (MA). Patiño Houle is the lead author of a book on shifting public consciousness towards collective liberation. The text will be published by Amherst College Press in 2021.
Las Imaginistas is socially-engaged art collective, decolonizing public space and the public imagination. The group dissolves borders (real and constructed) through radical dreaming, deep listening and prototyping liberated futures. The group is based in Tamaulipeco and Carrizo Comecrudo territory in the region currently called the US/ Mexico border, in the Rio Grande Valley of Tejas. Las Imaginstias are recipients of the ArtPlace National Creative Placemaking Award, Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art and Mid America Arts Alliance Interchange Award.