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.
This Summer CALA is working with teaching artists Gloria Martínez-Granado and Diana Calderón on two respective workshops. Martínez-Granado will present a weaving workshop that explores the cultural legacies of Huichol weaving techniques in Contemporary art. Calderón will work with students to present a bookmaking workshop where students will learn about the democratic medium of bookmaking. Further details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Gloria Martínez-Granados is a Phoenix-based nationally exhibiting artist. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and migrated to the United States with her family at a young age. Her work is inspired by her experience growing up undocumented and from the colorful textiles of her native Mexico. She enjoys working with traditional methods with a contemporary take using a variety of mediums such as printmaking, fiber arts, and beadwork. In 2019 she earned a BFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Diana Calderón (b.Chihuahua, Mexico, 1981) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Phoenix. Raised in the borderlands of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Calderón earned a BFA from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied bookmaking & printmaking in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program and Printmaking at the University of Dallas.
Calderón exhibits artwork nationally and internationally. Her artwork is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques such as relief printmaking, bookmaking, sculptural installation, public and performance art. Calderón investigates her ancestral roots and personal migrant journey, referencing archaeological and architectural patterns and texture while using bi-national materials to create. In 2018, a partnership between CALA Alliance, ASU Art Museum & PAOS GDL allowed Calderón to live, create and exhibit her artwork in the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, the former home and studio of the famous Mexican muralist.