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CONCA in LA -Hollywood!

CONCA in LA -Hollywood! 

CONCA has done it again. We are in the news and it’s just in time because the fall is approaching and with it a whole bunch of awesomeness brought to you by the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists. Starting in August with year three of the Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship. But enough from me. I’ll let my new friend and up and coming force in the world of reporting, Tabatha T. from the Pan American newspaper fill you in proper-like.

Blessings,

GHS

It is incredible the feedback and enthusiasm that young people show for poetry and the creative process. Here are just a few scenes from the two most recent workshops provided by CONCA members:

Rossy Lima, author of Ecos de Barro, presented a workshop on Nahuatl poetry to much acclaim from the students and staff. She starts off by examining the  established love of poetry in the Americas long befor the presence of Western thought in this hemisphere.

Isaac Chavarria, author of Poxo, presented his workshop excercise which involves the game of “Loteria” which always seems to win first place as far as fun activities go.

Chris Carmona, author of I Have Always Been Here, Beat, and My (Mex)quite Beat Refried Revolution, engages students in “Poetry Calistenics” which is a series of verbal exercises with tongue twisting rhymes which leads to the formation of a collaborative poem; also loads of fun for the young kids.

I, Gabriel H. Sanchez, provide the final exercise on a self-exploration of the individual’s identity by talking about my family and culutural background and how it led to the poetry that comprises the work in my book “The Fluid Chicano.”

The students are then led to create a poem of their own at the end of each exercise which is inserted into their very own “CONCA Workshop Chapbook” which they keep as their first official poetry publication.

It is an honor and a  priviledge to be helping inspire in these young minds a little interest that can transform into a great result in the future for the stories of the border to be told by more and more of the people of this region.

(Some pictures were taken at the Llano Grande Center. Other pictures presented here were taken at Donna North High School and Donna High.)

Gabriel H.S.

CONCA Director of Public Relations

Students from the University of Brownsville, with CONCA in attendance, engaged in poetic discourse Thursday, May 7, 2015. The location was El Hueso de Fraile, a local coffee house/sandwich shop that transforms into a live music destination where those in attendance are allowed to bring in their own drinks after hours. In their own words stated on their Facebook page:

“El Hueso De Fraile is a family run, culture preservation center, which offers a unique atmosphere in south Texas. A delicious coffee or organic tea, a made from scratch, family recipe sandwich, and some delightful music and art from all cultures create the perfect lunch. Later, at night, the place embodies a candle light, warm, ambiance full of entertainment, and positive energy, where music of all kinds and and people of all ages and life paths coexist.”
More and more our region is being populated with a diverse mix of people with discerning tastes and critical minds who seek to exercise their creative talent on stage. We seek to help spur on this development of the arts along the U.S. – Mexico border and ask that others join us in support of the arts.
Photography by Isaac Chavarria

The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists visited the Donna High School to lead their “Young Hearts, Brave Voices Poetry Workshop” for an entire day on Monday, April 27. The students all poured their minds and everything in them into crafting out authentic pieces of literature that simply astounded us. These young minds will grow to be great creators of poetry and art. We look forward to keep working with public schools. It is always a pleasurable experience seeing fresh perspectives take shape.

Gabriel H. Sanchez

Below are some images of the sessions. Photography by Isaac Chavarria and Gabriel H. Sanchez

The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists (CONCA) will be conducting a full day poetry workshop with high school students at Donna High School on Monday 27, 2015. It will be a fun and productive day with students who have demonstrated in the past to be highly motivated. We look forward to work in this setting again. We will be posting pics and possibly video of the day’s work.

CONCA are Rossy Evelin Lima (Chief Operations Officer), Christopher Carmona (Artistic Director), Isaac Chavarria (Executive Director), and Gabriel H. Sanchez (Director of Public Relations).

Gabriel H. Sanchez

The Chicano (or Latino or Hispanic) Renaissance taking place in the Rio Grande Valley is no illusion. The concept is not of my authorship. I have heard several prominent, important people involved in the arts and literary circles refer to what is happening here as the “Chicano Renaissance”. Don’t let the word “Chicano” turn you off. As part of the Coalition of New Chicano Artists (CONCA) my colleagues and I attempt to broaden the parameters of this term to include any and all who come from a similar background of indigenous American ancestry and European influence.

What makes up the Chicano Renaissance is a very palpable surge of creativity and venues for artistic expression throughout the Rio Grande Valley…

Follow this link to read the rest of this article: The Raving Press

CONCA Members pose for picture with the UPBC Champ Celina A. Gomez

CONCA Members pose for picture with the UPBC Champ Celina A. Gomez

August 17, 2014

McAllen, Tx: Last night CONCA celebrated the creation and success of its event called the Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship (UPBC) by sponsoring the second UPBC hosted by Raquel Hinojosa of Hinovations Art Studio in McAllen, Tx. Poets from all over Texas signed up for the competition and some made the trip simply to be in the audience witnessing this unique event. The contestants were Edward Vidaurre, Diana Elizondo, Raquel Lopez, Judith Luna, Ronnie Garza, Corey Mangan, Juan Perez, and Celina A. Gomez. The bouts were intense, with every poet striking a singular rhythm and style that is of championship quality in their own right. But after all things were said and done, judges Amalia Leticia Ortiz, Priscilla Celina Suarez, and Nayelli Barrios (with the assistance of the crowd in a “sudden death” round) determined the winner of the competition to be Celina A. Gomez from Edinburg, Tx.

To present the award of an authentic UPBC champion belt hand crafted by artist Corina Carmona from Alamo, Tx. was none other than last year’s UPBC winner Amalia Leticia Ortiz from Harlingen, Tx. In her acceptance speech Celina stated in part:

“Thank you very much for supporting poetry and the arts. And please make sure to continue to support the arts. We don’t want it to die. I’m here to let everybody know that it’s very alive in the Valley…”

The event was refereed by local South Texas writer, poet, arts advocate and legendary badass from Shiner, Tx. Mr. P.W. Covington. The event was jolted during the intermissions by entertainers including CEROUNO Grupo Artistico from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, who performed a choreographed dance routine that wowed the audiences with the charisma and physicality of an NFL halftime show. Also to the stage to contribute aesthetically to the auditory and visual senses by singing and playing two songs on his own guitar came Kip Austin Hinton, a professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville in Brownsville, Texas.

We wish to thank all the people and organizations that helped make this event a reality and hope to count on you next year for CONCA’s 3rd Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship.

About CONCA: CONCA is a Rio Grande Valley non-profit organization promoting cultural awareness and pride in our collective histories as Americans. They achieve this through the employment of discussion forums through social media, literary endeavors such as creative writing, poetry, essays, poetry readings, and presentations at conferences, as well as public spaces like libraries, public schools and colleges.

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Thank you.

Gabriel H. Sanchez,

CONCA Director of Public Relations