Jan 11, 2020
In this episode you'll hear from cultural worker Blanca S. Villalobos on the importance of reclaiming the dream realm and supportive plant allies.
Blanca identifies as a queer proud daughter of immigrants with roots in the Sierra Madre Occidental of México. Her work as an interdisciplinary artist braids themes such as identity, folklore and healing modalities. As an artist, she has been awarded residencies with Caldera Arts, Signal Fire, The Living School of Art and Residency in the Garden. Her integration of community organizing & art making has been supported through grants and fellowships by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Calligram Foundation and Epicenter. While living on Multnomah territory Blanca taught bilingual anti-oppression curriculum to Latinx youth and their families in order to prevent gender-based violence, organized transit justice efforts with an environmental organization and founded a queer Latinx collective dedicated to community healing through arts and activism. She has been facilitating dream classes and workshops to all ages in homes, art galleries, community centers and conferences since 2016 and couldn't be happier. She has been an avid dreamer since she can remember and was called to share this work now as an adult.
After an almost 8 year cycle in the Pacific Northwest, Blanca returned to Southern California in early 2018 to give back to the land and people that raised her. She is now based in the high desert of Morongo Valley, CA on the traditional lands of the Serrano people. She is an artist, educator & cultural worker. In addition, Blanca volunteers as a backcountry guide for Signal Fire and is a recent council member for the Joshua Tree National Park Association. In her free time she enjoys making ceviche for loved ones and hiking with her pup. You can learn more about her community work & practice at www.blancasvillalobos.com and IG at @blanca.s.villalobos
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