Rosa Angelica Castañeda is a multimedia artist and writer, passionate about documenting stories of underrepresented communities. Her experience as a native of Los Angeles, born to Mexican immigrants has informed much of her journey as she continues to explore and create spaces that nurture a sense of belonging at the intersection of many cultures. Rosa Angelica graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature.

Antonio Sarabia is a writer, graphic artist and photographer based out of Sacramento, CA. In addition to his freelance work, Antonio has served as a Visual Communications and Multimedia instructor at Sacramento Charter High School since 2004. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Literature from CSU Sacramento. He was born in Mexico City and migrated to California with his family in 1993.

 

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I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My parents are Mexican immigrants and I became first in my family to graduate from college earning a degree in Literature. As a college journalist, I became inspired to write stories that seek to draw light upon the discrimination endured by underrepresented peoples, focusing on covering news and events often ignored or misreported.

Post-college, I was fortunate to find my way to the arts community in San Jose. I worked towards expanding arts programs at the School of Arts and Culture. At CreaTV San Jose, I documented youth testimonies and strived to create a more accessible platform for all youth to have their voices heard.

Inspired by such a nurturing community, I left to México to fulfill a long time dream to live and travel in my parents’ places of birth, and to learn more about communities across Mexico. This journey became the catalyst that rekindled my passion for storytelling through writing, photography, film and art.

Upon my return, I worked with high school students in Boyle Heights to document the narratives of the Mariachis at Mariachi Plaza. I also worked with youth in Watts to document and tell the stories of a community impacted by environmental injustice.

Through my work in storytelling through writing, photography, and film, I seek to actively shape my own narrative and challenge existing borders—systematic, societal and self­ imposed borders. As a consequence of my deep immersion in the arts community in a social justice context, I aspire to be an agent of social change for my community by working to build platforms for self-expression, sense of belonging and pride in who we are.

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I was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the United States shortly after my 10th birthday. While at first I experienced a difficult transition adapting to a new culture and learning a new language, I was determined to thrive and to honor my parents’ many sacrifices. I understood this fact even at such a young age, that my mother and father were fighting and working tirelessly to provide a better life for their children, And so they brought us here to get an education.

As a result, I eventually found my way Sacramento City College and transferred to CSU Sacramento where I obtained a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Literature. Learning was always something that brought me great joy, in part because I came across amazing teachers and mentors who  guided me and inspired me throughout my journey.

Due to a series of fortunate coincidences, I eventually became an educator myself. It was not a career path that I had envisioned when I was younger, but today there is nothing I would rather do than work with young minds and inspire their curiosity and creativity.

On my time outside of the classroom, I continue to follow my passions. I dance Folklorico, I write and I continue working on my own multimedia creative projects and creating art. I love mixing modern and traditional techniques as well as the themes and iconographies that fuse at the intersection of my two cultures. My work continues to explore the contradictions that arise from growing up and experiencing two worlds, that of Mexico and the United States.