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June 13, 2015

This is the Year

In this 90-minute hands-on, action packed workshop led by José Joaquín García, participants use New York born Puerto Rican Martin Espada’s poem “Imagine the Angel of Bread” as a springboard to explore ways of using theater and performance as a vehicle for social justice. This poem pays homage to those underrepresented individuals who keep the wheels of this country well oiled yet remain invisible, serving as important components of our communities while the xenophobia agenda plays out in plain sight. Participants pledge that this is the year to put social change into action and leave with expressive tools for raising awareness

Photography by Stephanie Orentas 

José Joaquín García  is an accomplished Puerto Rican director, composer, actor, singer, writer, and teaching artist from the island of Manhattan. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, has pursued advanced studies at the Westminster Choir College and the International New Theatre School at Essen, Germany. He has been a member of the performing arts community for over 30 years and has amassed an impressive list of performances, productions, and community activism projects. As a teaching artist, José has been working with youth for over twenty years touching the lives of hundreds of students.

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