Hola, bienvenidos, and welcome to season 3, episode 1 of The Latinx Identity Project.
This is a podcast where we tell stories for us and by us. I am your host, Elsa Iris Reyes.
We have an incredible and special guest to kick off this season, her name is Favianna Rodriguez. In today’s episode we will dive deep into Favianna’s roots and inspiration for her work and leadership as the co-founder of The Center for Culture Power in Los Angeles.
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Favianna Rodriguez embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Peruvian roots. Her art and praxis address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and climate change, boldly reshaping the myths, ideas, and cultural practices of the present, while confronting the wounds of the past. A strategy advisor to artists of all genres, Favianna is regarded as one of the leading thinkers and personalities uniting art, culture, and social impact, collaborating deeply with social movements around the world. Favianna also helps lead cultural strategy design and investment by helping to organize the philanthropic sector, with a focus on foundations addressing gender justice, racial justice, climate change and cultural equity. Favianna’s projects include creating art for Ben & Jerry's Pecan Resist, partnering with Jill Solloway to create 5050by2020, and facilitating immersive artist delegations to the US Mexico border. She is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigration and mass incarceration, and an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change. She is a recent a contributor to the climate justice anthology, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis (One World, 2020).