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How I Became an Artista

How I Became an Artista is CALA’s cultural literacy program. The K–12 educational program exposes students in the Metro-Phoenix area to the life and work of Latinx and Latin American artists. Through reading, movement, and artmaking, CALA employs visual and performing teaching artists to engage students in cultural learning and artistic expression. By partnering directly with schools, How I Became an Artista creates spaces for students to gain a critical understanding of contemporary social issues from the perspectives of Latinx artists in the Metro-Phoenix region and beyond.

Virtual Workshops

Gloria Martínez-Granados

In partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and Aim Higher College Prep Academy, CALA distributed free art kits for at-home art workshops with teaching artist Gloria Martínez-Granados. On Saturday, July 3 Martínez-Granados presented a weaving workshop as part of How I Became an Artista. In the workshop, students learned about the cultural legacies of Huichol weaving techniques in Contemporary art.

Missed the live stream? Below you’ll find a recording of the workshop along with a list are the materials that you’ll need to participate. 

  • 1- pencil
  • 1- pair of scissors
  • 1- ruler
  • 1- glue stick
  • 1- Exacto blade
  • 5-sheets of colorful paper
 
How I Became an Artista virtual workshops are organized by CALA Alliance in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum. Institutional Support of CALA Alliance is provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. 

Download written instructions here. 

Diana Calderón

In partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum, CALA distributed free art kits for an at-home art workshop with teaching artist Diana Calderón. 

On Saturday, June 5 at 12:00 PM Calderón presented a bookmaking workshop as part of How I Became an Artista. In the workshop, students learned about the democratic medium of bookmaking inspired by Mexican codices and architecture.

Missed the live stream? Below you’ll find a recording of the workshop along with a list are the materials that you’ll need to participate. 

  • 1- Bookbinding/ embroidery needle
  • 3- 8.5×11 inch copy paper
  • 1- watercolor paper pad
  • 1- watercolor paint set
  • 1- roll of string
  • 1- pencil
 
How I Became an Artista virtual workshops are organized by CALA Alliance in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum. Institutional Support of CALA Alliance is provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. 

Download written instructions here.