Sangre Viva Art Alliance is a multicultural cooperation of prominent Latino/a artists and organizations, across multiple fields, dedicated to promoting a grassroots, international vision of Latinidad in the arts. The name itself, is a metaphor which translates as "Living Blood". As orators, writers and artists we are those who speak for those who cannot tell their stories. We are those who have taken on the responsibility of ensuring that our cultures persist through the sharing of the truths that encompass all that we have been and are. Somos la sangre that carries culture throughout the nation.
Latinos specifically in the United States are linked together through a mutual experience ~ shared blood, common roots ~ in this grand experiment called America. Our younger Latinos are often not just one thing or another anymore. So instead of sharing the cultures of their home countries, they share their lives here in America and we want to facilitate this conversation about our shared lives in the arts with participants and practitioners of Arts education.
In an effort to create a stronger community through awareness we will hold an intergenerational panel in partnership with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College on April 1, 2011. On this afternoon we will invite to the table, for the first time, those who were there from the onset of the Nuyorican Poetry movement, to those who are just now grabbing the mic in an effort to change lives. The artists on the panel represent 4 generations of poets, those who began their careers in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. Through discussion with regard to the past, present and future of the Latino poetry community in New York City we will learn about how they interact and what purpose they serve in the bigger picture. This conversation will focus on those shared experiences, and the distinctions, if any, between the Civil Rights Era & Nuyorican Movement of the 60's and 70's and the renaissance of Latino poet-activism that we represent today.