Dance theater seeking women of color

Juan Manuel Adalpe, a PhD candidate in Performance Studies, is seeking women of color with GIS skills to collaborate on a very interesting socially engaged dance/art project in Fruitvale, Oakland.

I am a collaborator with NaKa Dance Theater, an interdisciplinary arts group that uses installation, multimedia, dance movement, theater, and site-specific environments for public-facing, community-based projects in the Oakland/San Francisco, CA, area. We are currently engaged in a three-year, community project with Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. MUA values training and preparing immigrant Latina women to create equal access in the area of health, education, housing, safety, and employment in historically marginalized communities in the Bay Area. 

We are working on a project that blends geographic information science (GIS), arts, and oral histories that explores the impact of gentrification in Fruitvale, Oakland. We will collect environmental data and resident interviews to create public facing murals, art installations, and a multi-sited performance. We are using this interdisciplinary approach to teach immigrant youth the use of GIS, increase safety and awareness in the place the women are living, and address the trauma in the community.  We believe art and science are a mechanism for creating hope, fostering imagination, and protecting the social, economic, and ecological lives of marginalized, immigrant women and children. 

I know that in your capacity at the Global Urban Humanities Center you work with students/specialists across many fields and I was hoping you can help our artists of color team identify any women of color working in geographic information sciences. We are applying for a grant in the coming week and are seeking representation of women of color working in the GIS sector. The grant is specifically for a project between arts and sciences.