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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 (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

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We were fortunate enough to participate and give away some free books. I think that was the best part. The perception may  be that kids don’t care about books, but they do.

 

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Assist C.O.N.C.A.’s Kickstarter on this link

C.O.N.C.A. is fortunate enough to participate in conferences throughout Texas and is beginning to venture out to California and New Mexico. Along with our work providing community workshops and poetry events, we feel confident in our progress of expanding on the meaning of Chican@. 

Our progress can be further aided with a bit of financial assistance. Even though each C.O.N.C.A. member is a hard-working member of society, all expenses up to date have been out of pocket.  We expect to continuously work towards our cause but appreciate donations of any amount. 

We promise to update on our evolvement and provide details on how your donations are helping us create a forum for the people of the Rio Grande Valley as well as those who identify as Chican@, immigrante, indi@, or poch@.

Sincerely,

Los C.O.N.C.A. Members