MISSION / MISIÓN
CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) is a multidisciplinary Latinx arts organization based in Phoenix that collaborates with artists and arts organizations to connect Arizona, Mexico and Latin America. We advance our mission through innovative public programming, artist commissions, international residencies, and cultural exchanges that reimagine Arizona’s place in the Americas.
CALA envisions a cultural landscape that values the creative and artistic contributions of Latinxs and latinoamericanxs, and critically engages their stories in Arizona and throughout the Americas.
CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) es una asociación civil sin fines de lucro que organiza colaboraciones con artistas y gestores latinxs y latinoamericanxs para promover el intercambio cultural entre Arizona, México y América Latina.
Promovemos nuestra misión a través de una programación cultural que incluye comisiones artísticas, residencias internacionales, intercambios culturales e iniciativas que promueven la producción artística en Phoenix, Arizona.
En CALA trabajamos por un panorama cultural que valore las contribuciones creativas y artísticas de los latinxs y los latinoamericanxs en Arizona, y que aborde de manera crítica sus experiencias y sus historias.
HISTORY / HISTORIA
CALA Alliance was established in 2010 with a mission to celebrate the richness and depth of Latinx artistic talent in Arizona, and to strengthen connections to Latin America through arts and culture. Between 2010-2014, CALA presented the CALA International Festival, which brought together Phoenix arts organizations to showcase Latinx and Latin American dance, music, theater, film, poetry, and visual art. In 2016, CALA transitioned from presenting the festival to collaborating with artists and arts organizations year-round, telling new stories about our transborder cultural connections and moving our cultural imagination forward in Arizona.
CALA fue fundada en 2010 con la misión de celebrar la riqueza y diversidad del talento artístico latinx en Arizona y de fortalecer las conexiones con Latinoamérica a través del arte y la cultura. Entre los años 2010 y 2014, CALA presentó el Festival Internacional CALA, que reunió a organizaciones artísticas de Phoenix para exponer danza, música, teatro, cine, poesía y arte visual de las Américas.
Desde 2016, CALA crea espacios transfronterizos de investigación, producción y colaboración entre artistas, gestores y públicos con el fin de crear una nueva imaginación cultural en Arizona.
STAFF + ADVISORS
Casandra Hernández Faham joined CALA Alliance in 2016 as its first Executive Director. Under her leadership, CALA has expanded its artistic and intellectual reach, implemented innovative programming and international partnerships, and collaborated with artists and arts organizations to reimagine Arizona’s place in the Americas. Hernández Faham is a cultural anthropologist, arts producer, curator, and educator with over 10 years’ experience in the arts and culture field. She has directed arts nonprofits, managed museum education departments, and curated artist commissions, public programs, international residencies, festivals, and museum exhibitions. A native of Hermosillo, Sonora, who has spent her life on both sides of the US/Mexico border, Hernández Faham is passionate about creating transborder culture flows in the Sonoran Desert.
Giovana is a Mexican-born artist and arts educator based in Arizona. Her personal work is a fusion of fashion and art as she seeks to tell stories of empowerment and community. Her work has been displayed in galleries around Phoenix, and her current work revolves around gender and identity. Her art educational background extends from small group lessons, museum workshops, and working as part of the Phoenix Art Museum education department. Giovana is very involved in her community and continues to work with art and non-profit organizations around Arizona.
Employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist, educator and curator Julio César Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales. Morales is Curator of Visual Arts at Arizona State University Art Museum and serves as Curatorial Advisor to CALA Alliance. He was the founder and director for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco, from 2003 to 2012. He was Adjunct Professor at The San Francisco Art Institute from 2000 to 2012, and Associate Professor in Curatorial Studies at The California College for the Arts from 1999 to 2010. From 2008 to 2012, he was Adjunct Curator for Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, and was a contributing curator for the Japanese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Mario L. Aniles is a CPA licensed in the state of Arizona with over 15 years of experience. He is Principal at Aniles and Company PLLC, a Certified Accounting Firm. Aniles holds a B.S. in Accountancy, and an M.B.A. His studies and degrees were obtained from Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Harvard. Aniles has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal. He is also a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional from George Washington University and an Alumni of Valley Leadership’s class 35. Aniles’s experience includes working with small to large nonprofits, community development corporations, start-ups, and established corporations. He serves as Financial Consultant to CALA Alliance.
Yolatl received her B.A. in Spanish Literature from Arizona State University with a certificate in Latin American Studies. As a writer, she questions and dismantles Borderlands, specifically the dynamics of the US/Mexico border, and writes from the perspective of Los Atravesados, seeking to center the experiences of marginalized communities.
As a first-generation daughter of Mexican immigrants and a trauma survivor who understands intimately the transformative and healing power of art and cultural production, her long-term goal is to continue utilizing art, culture and imagination as powerful conduits of expression to support young people of color and LGBTQIA+ youth heal and step into their power.
She considers herself a nomad blessed with several homes, one of which is Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, where she co-hosts the monthly POC Open Mic Night and is also part of the Palabronas women of color writer’s collective.
Lauryn is a lover of the arts and is thrilled to support the CALA team and the Latinx art community. She was born and raised in Phoenix and is currently an honors student pursuing a B.A. in Political Science at Grand Canyon University. Lauryn loves local politics, art, and culture. She envisions her career working to directly support artists and their livelihoods. Lauryn currently works as an art guide for Wonderspaces Arizona. She previously worked on the Phoenix Art Museum’s Teen Art Council, and more recently interned under Arizona List’s Finance Assistant. When she’s not in a class, interning, or working, Lauryn can be found at a local coffee shop or plant shop.
Jessica Guzmán was born in Phoenix and raised between the U.S. and Mexico after her parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Given her bicultural background and experiences, she attended ASU and received an undergraduate degree in Communications, with a concentration in Culture. Jessica joined CALA as a volunteer in 2017 and later transitioned into a Communications Internship where she worked to redesign and revamp CALA’s social media platforms. In her current role as Production Team member, Jessica works with local and internationally known artists who are part of CALA’s programs and events. Jessica plans to continue working in arts and culture as part of her professional career.
Stephanie was born and raised in the Sonoran Desert (in Phoenix, AZ). She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance from Arizona State University. Stephanie identifies as a Chicana visual artist whose work is centered in Latinx experiences past and present, and her work has been featured in the Greater Phoenix area. She has worked with CALA Alliance since 2018, and her favorite part of working with CALA is having the opportunity to engage with artists from different parts of the Americas.
Stephanie also works transnationally at Hispanics in Philanthropy as Senior Programs Associate for Cultural Learning & Leadership. Her work supports the transformative development of Latinx individuals in the social-justice sector who are fighting for a more equitable community.
CALA Alliance works in partnership with the Arizona State University Art Museum to create arts experiences that engage the complex diversity of Latinx stories in Phoenix and re-imagine Arizona’s place in the Americas.
CALA and ASUAM are committed to the production of Latinx and Latin American culture in Phoenix through exhibitions, artist commissions, international residencies, educational programs, performances, and arts experiences.