Arts in Context Short: The Latino Comedy Project

“I looked at the absence of Latino voices as a reason to do what I was doing,” says Adrian Villegas, artistic director of The Latino Comedy Project. Living up to their mission of providing a voice for the Latino community, Adrian and the LCP troupe have been providing audiences with political satire that provoke big laughs and offer insight into societal issues affecting communities of color.

 

Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida: A Day of the Dead Tradition

“… it’s just part of learning from our ancestors and learning who we were and where we’re heading to,” says Nayeli Miranda, a sugar skull instructor for the ESB-MACC. With the intent of preserving and sharing her culture, Miranda teaches the art behind sugar skulls, along with its rich history within the Day of the Dead celebration.

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Belonging

“Everything is here for a reason,” says Sally Jacques, artistic director of Blue Lapis Light. Using a combination of stunning aerial dancers swinging from stacks, ground dancers, and haunting projections, Blue Lapis Light’s latest piece “Belonging: Part One” explores the beauty of the earth and the interconnectedness of all life.

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.

 

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences to weave together a recurring theme of authenticity in her music. She has the ability to draw from a vast resource of cultures and transform the music into her own while paying homage to the roots from which they were born.

Get a look inside Tiny Homes on Arts In Context Shorts

Miniature house builder, Bruce Miller, discusses the origins of his passion for the scaled-down construction and remodeling of petite homes. He explains his process for mini-sized interior design, and the reasoning behind different room furnishings.

 

The Everlasting Mind

EVERLASTINGMIND 1By attending Creative Action’s Continuing Creativity classes, Austin Seniors are able stay involved in the arts, maintain cognitive health and meet new people in the community. The group, mostly comprised of Senior African-Americans of the Chestnut neighborhood, is encouraged to learn new skills and explore a passion they have always wanted to try. Through writing and other creativity stimulating activities, the Seniors of the Continuing Creativity class continue to invigorate their everlasting minds.

 

Bidi Bidi Banda

AICSBIDI 1Focusing on replicating the influential music of Selena, Bidi Bidi Banda discusses the Tejano star’s positive image for Latinas and Latinos, and her lasting impression on musicians and music fans. Bidi Bidi Banda’s live performances transport audiences, and give a new generation of Selena fans a glimpse into what her shows might have been like.