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Meet our Youth Intern: Steve!

Meet our youth intern, Steve! He is a participant in the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) under the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), which aims to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multi-cultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond.

Name: Stephen Landers

Age:  14

What grade/ what’s your favorite class: I am finishing the 9th grade.  History is my favorite class because you get to learn how our country was built. Also, you learn why certain law and polices are in effect now.

Why Galeria?  I know about the gallery because I passed it every day on the bus; I would see the billboard and the art was always interesting.

 How long have you been interning? I’ve been interning at the gallery for about 10 months. One thing I’ve learned while interning is that running a non-profit benefits the community more than I thought.

What do you like about art? I love art because it’s a positive way of expressing yourself. My favorite way of expressing myself is through rapping because you can tell all kinds of stories: happy, mad, sad, aggressive, revenge, or just talk about someone you miss that died.

What do you do for fun?  I like to hang out with friends, crack jokes, read comics, rap, and I love to write.

Best things about 24th Street: I love the mission because it’s like a little Mexico; the culture is very strong in our community. We have good food, good people, and lots of places to explore.

What do you want in the future? I want my family to live in a big house, have a successful career, and not have to worry about anything especially money.

Opening reception: this weekend!

Galería de la Raza and de Young Museum are proud to present “Paper and Blade” at Galería, opening this weekend! Reception this Saturday, April 12 at 7pm with the artists in attendance.

View the final installation of new works by four diverse paper cut artists as their de Young Artist Fellows project comes to an end.

Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each has developed personalized techniques to obtain unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality.

Free and open to the public. Read more about the exhibition here.

Join Galería de la Raza and author Lorenzo HerrerayLozano for the release of his brand new title, “Amorcito Maricón,” next Friday, April 18!

A decade after his debut title, “Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen,” Herrera y Lozano returns with a collection of poems exploring queer Xicano desires, literal and mythical homeland(s), and brown bodies in perpetual displacement. Sitting at the intersections of reminisced childhood pop culture, defiantly claimed Mexicanidad, and coquettishly amorphous Xicanidad, “Amorcito Maricón” basks in the inherent politic, inevitable heartbreak, and inescapable draw of brown on brown desire. Un libro para maricones, and those who love us.

Herrera y Lozano is also apart of Galería-presented ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente?, a three-day poetry festival celebrating Latino poets from all over the Bay Area as part of National Poetry Month. Check out the video as apart of the project, curated by Baruch Porras-Hernandez and made possible by Galería de la Raza’s REGEN Artist Fund.

The “Amorcito Maricón” reading is free and open to the public. More info here.

A big THANK YOU to San Francisco Chronicle for coverage on a big series Galería de la Raza is presenting!

Read the story here.

¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? hits the streets this Friday. A three-day poetry festival, curated by Baruch Porras-Hernandez and made possible by Galería’s REGEN Artist Fund, celebrates Latino poets from all over the Bay Area as part of National Poetry Month. The festival takes place on April 5, 12, and 19 in San Francisco at Books Inc, Magnet, and Galeria respectively.

The concluding night at Galería on April 19 for ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? is a fundraiser to continue the project. Advance tix are now available.

Grounded on dialogues and interviews with Latino community members, who join the collective onstage as well as Latino Mission businesses, “DREAMS/ueños - AUSENCIA/bsence” this Friday and Saturday at Galería de la Raza sets out to give form to an interactive, poetic expression of the place where “the other side” becomes “here,” where those who migrated recently, or a long time ago, deal with an ever changing present, hold fast onto hopes for a better life, and long for what was left behind.

That endlessly disputed space is what spawns dreams and absence: sueños y ausencia.

Advance tickets (with perks!) now available; no one turned away for lack of funds day of show.

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