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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
Saturday, July 3, 2021
12:00 PM
Via Zoom

In partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and Aim Higher College Prep Academy, CALA will be distributing free art kits for at-home art workshops with teaching artist Gloria Martínez-Granados. On Saturday, July 3 at 12:00 PM Martínez-Granados will virtually present a weaving workshop as part of How I Became an Artista. In the workshop, students will learn about the cultural legacies of Huichol weaving techniques in Contemporary art.

Stop by the Aim Higher College Prep Academy on Friday, July 1, 5:00–6:00 PM, or the Phoenix Art Museum on Friday, July 2, 4:00–7:00 PM to pick up your free art kit. 

Are you interested in having your art kit dropped off? Fill out this form to indicate when and where you’d like to have art kits distributed to you or your community. Please note, given our modest resources, we can only accommodate drop-offs in the Phoneix-Metropolitan area. 

This program is free with registration.

Diana Calderón

In partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum, CALA will be distributing free art kits for at-home art workshops with teaching artist Diana Calderón. 

On Saturday, June 5 at 12:00 PM Calderón will virtually present a bookmaking workshop as part of How I Became an Artista. In the workshop, students will learn 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

Download written instructions here.