Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is an activist, artist, producer, and educator. With more than 10 years of production and stage management experience in theatre and dance, she has toured nationally and internationally with Zaccho Dance Theatre, Bandaloop, Dancing in The Streets, The Foundry Theatre, and Columbia University School of the Arts, among others. As a teaching artist, Duque Cifuentes taught children and adults of all ages how to express themselves through theater and movement practice in over 100 NYC public schools and through community theatre programs. In 2011 she founded an educational and community theatre organization Theatre That Transcends, which taught local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theater. She currently serves as the Acting Co-Executive Director, Programming and Justice Initiatives at Dance/NYC, a service and advocacy organization for the dance community, where she plays an integral part in advancing a more equitable dance ecology by working on measures to increase access, justice, equity, and inclusion within dance for disabled artists, immigrant artists, and artists of color in the five boroughs of New York City. She is a member of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Dance Portal Advisory Board and Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Curatorial Advisory Team at Gibney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University School of General Studies.
J. Soto is a queer brown transgender chicano interdisciplinary artist and writer who was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Knockdown Center (NYC), among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, "Ya Presente Ayer" can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). His organizing projects include the Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR) and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago launched in 2015. He is also a 2017 fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). His writing can also be found in Original Plumbing, Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio, and American Realness 2018 Reading series. He lives and works in New York City.
At 17, Mark Travis Rivera became the youngest person to artistically direct and found a physically integrated dance company in the United States. An award-winning activist, author, choreographer, dancer, and speaker, Rivera creates artwork that reflects his lived experience as a Latinx, disabled, gay, and gender nonconforming artist. As a dancer, he has apprenticed for Heidi Latsky Dance (New York City) and AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA). He earned a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, with a minor in public relations from William Paterson University. As an activist, he has spoken in front of audiences at Harvard University, New York University, and MIT, to name a few. As a writer, he has been published in The Huffington Post, Fox News Latino, and North Jersey Media Group. In August of 2017, Rivera published his first collection of poems and essays, Drafts: An Imperfect Collection of Writing available on Amazon. To learn more, visit www.MarkTravisRivera.com.
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela is a writer, editor, organizer, recording artist, community college professor, and sometimes DJ. Additionally, she is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket, a small literary press based in Philadelphia. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by many rad people and projects and can be found at American Poetry Review, Acentos Review, Aster(ix), The Baffler, Philadelphia Printworks, and elsewhere.
Nicole Marroquin in an artist, strategist, parent, and teacher. (Chicago)
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She can be located museum educating at the Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as floating through other museum education departments. In addition, she lead teaches at the Octavia Project (a summer institute for teen girls and nonbinary youth), and freelances for various artists. w h e nam i Other intersections of space|time|matter include residencies at the Institute for Electronic Arts and EmergeNYC, performances at the Segue reading series, Dixon Place, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and slightly different performances in Femmescapes: Vol 2 and The Felt: Issue 4. whenami She engaged in a durational performance to obtain an expensive piece of paper (an MFA in Studio Art) from Hunter College.
Anthony Romero is a writer, artist, curator, and teacher. (Boston)
LXAR 2017 was planned and launched with the generous work of the following artists, teachers, art historians, curators and arts administrators: Gibran Villalobos, Josh Rios, Mia Lopez, Risa Puleo, & Sandra de la Loza