blanca s. villalobos

artist/educator/activist

"Todo lo que buscas es invisible"-unknown author, MX. 

Reclaiming Dreams for Survivors: Free Workshop
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Reclaiming Dreams for Survivors: Free Workshop

Our dreams are sacred & depending on our experience this world may be a source of anxiety or one of healing. This is due to many reasons, some of which are tied to trauma and oppression to name a few. Reclaiming your dream world is an act of spiritual resistance and connecting with plants is an amazing way to begin your relationship to your dreams.

Folks who experience PTSD from sexual assault are more likely to have a challenging time with sleep and all matters of dreaming. Healing happens at its own pace, is non-linear, varies from survivor to survivor and requires the understanding that not all dream practices or plant allies will resonate with folks.

*Please Register to Participate

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Recordar y Recopilar: Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams
May
29
5:00 PM17:00

Recordar y Recopilar: Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams

  • Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this workshop we will revisit the happenings that occur when we slumber and guide one another through self-interpretation and creative expression. We will meditate on ways in which we can honor our dreams and share knowledge on supportive practices for cultivating & sustaining these relationships. Plant allies that support the dream world will be shared & participants will make their own dream tea blend to take home! Afterwards, tinctures and flower essences will be available for purchase for those interested. We are excited to facilitate this workshop with the folks from The Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies.

Tickets must be purchased to participate

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Connecting With the Dream World
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Connecting With the Dream World

Our dreams are sacred & depending on our experience this world may be a source of anxiety or one of healing. This is due to many reasons, some of which are tied to trauma and oppression (to name a few). Reclaiming your dream world is an act of spiritual resistance and connecting with plants is an amazing way to begin your relationship to your dreams. Our ancestors live here. Our desires roam here. Insight and ancestral wisdom lay here. You have every right to this door. 

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Video Trauma
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00
Art

Video Trauma

La experiencia del trauma permanece en nuestra carne. Se manifiesta en nuestros pensamientos de cada día, juega con nuestros miedos e inseguridades. Puede ser tan paralizante como explosivo.

VIDEO TRAUMA explora el efecto del trauma en el cuerpo del artista. Como el video en sí, el trayecto a través de un trauma no es lineal, no obedece caminos de racionalidad o razón. En su lugar,el trauma habita en nuestras vidas simbólicamente , en memoria y metáfora,en el mundo de los sueños,obsesión y artificio.

Las piezas selectas examinan tópicos del trauma heredados desde varios contextos -cultura, raza, género, política y media, así como de las líneas de ancestralidad transmitidas.

Curado por: Inés P. Ramírez

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Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams and Plants
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams and Plants

*This workshop is open to *BIPOC only. All ages.
(black, indigenous & people of color)

Our dreams are sacred & depending on our experience this world may be a source of anxiety or one of healing. This is due to many reasons, some of which are tied to trauma, capitalism and oppression to name a few. Reclaiming your dream world is an act of spiritual resistance and connecting with plants is an amazing way to begin your relationship to your dreams.

Our ancestors live here. Our desires roam here. Insight and ancestral wisdom lay here. You have every right to this door.

In this workshop we will revisit the happenings that occur when we slumber and guide one another through self-interpretation. We will meditate on ways in which we can honor our dreams and share knowledge on supportive practices for cultivating & sustaining these relationships. Plant allies that support the dream world will be shared & participants will make their own dream tea blend to take home! Afterwards, tinctures and flower essences will be available for purchase for those interested. 

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January Open Studios- Caldera
Jan
27
12:30 PM12:30

January Open Studios- Caldera

Coffee and snacks will be served. Program begins at 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Join Caldera for an afternoon of art and conversation with our January 2018 Artists in Residence. Experience the power of creativity in the warmth of our Arts Center while dynamic and diverse artists, as well as our students, share their work. 

Featuring:

Leland Cheuk, Prose (Brooklyn, NY)

Masayoshi Ishikawa, Jazz Composition (Saint Peter, MN)

Palmarin Merges, Printmaking/Sculpture (Beaverton, OR) 

Carolina Pfister, Media Arts (Portland, OR) 

Marina Peng, Video Installation (St. Louis, MO) 

Blanca Villalobos, Performance (Portland, OR) 

Tali Weinberg, Weaving/Drawing (Tulsa, OK)

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BIPOC Only: Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams and Plants
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

BIPOC Only: Healing & Empowerment Through Dreams and Plants

*This workshop is open to *BIPOC only. All ages.
(black, indigenous & people of color)

Our dreams are sacred & depending on our experience this world may be a source of anxiety or one of healing. This is due to many reasons, some of which are tied to trauma, capitalism and oppression to name a few. Reclaiming your dream world is an act of spiritual resistance and connecting with plants is an amazing way to begin your relationship to your dreams.

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Our ancestors live here. Our desires roam here. Insight and ancestral wisdom lay here. You have every right to this door.

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In this workshop we will revisit the happenings that occur when we slumber and guide one another through self-interpretation. We will meditate on ways in which we can honor our dreams and share knowledge on supportive practices for cultivating & sustaining these relationships. Plant allies that support the dream world will be shared & participants will make their own dream tea blend to take home! Afterwards, tinctures and flower essences will be available for purchase for those interested.

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Please follow the ticket link to register. We have capacity for 20 participants and a few scholarships for queer, trans and non-binary folks.

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Extradition Series Fall Concert 2017
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Extradition Series Fall Concert 2017

The Creative Music Guild’s Extradition Series will present its fall 2017 concert on Saturday, October 21, dedicated to composer Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016) as we approach the one-year anniversary of her passing. The concert will feature seven intimate works of 20th- and 21st-century experimental music, performed by a cast of outstanding regional musicians:

~ Daniel Brandes, “A Dwelling Place for You” (2014): A simple, intimate work scored for two singers, who are asked to immerse themselves in the experience of singing to and with each other, accompanying themselves with the sound of natural objects – dry leaves, water, pebbles, etc. The piece will be performed by Blanca Stacey Villalobos and Lara Pacheco (voices, objects).

~ Pauline Oliveros, “Two for T” (date unknown): Another intimate duet, in which each player is asked to combine directions provided by the composer into a new, individual score. In performance, the challenge involves reconciling the sometimes competing imperatives of these individual scores to create a harmonious whole. The piece will be performed by Catherine Lee (oboe d’amore) and Matt Hannafin (percussion).

~ Christopher Hobbs, “Two Compositions, 21 May 1969 (No. 2)”: One of the many “performance rites” devised by Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra, this text-based composition gives almost no indication of how the music should or will sound. Instead, it provides a simple structure of visual cues that signal performers to play “for a short time." In the resulting spaciousness, the music appears as blooms in a desert – short, bright moments that are all the more remarkable for their rarity and contrast with the stillness all around. The piece will be performed by Sage Fisher (harp), Mike Gamble (nylon-string guitar), Gina James (voice), Dana Reason (piano), Andre St. James (double bass), Alyssa Reed-Stuewe (voice), Bonnie Singer (voice), and Marion Van Namen (voice).

~ Gordon Mumma, “7/5 a Pauline Oliveros” (1978) and Tom Johnson, “Chain II / Chain III” (1967): Gordon Mumma’s piece is a small gem, taking less than two minutes to perform. Tom Johnson’s pieces are flow charts for creating spontaneous music. For this performance, pianist Dana Reason will play the pieces sequentially, using the notes and chords of the Mumma composition as raw material for navigating Johnson’s structures – essentially creating a deconstruction and reorientation of Mumma's etude.

~ Dana Reason, “Folded Subjects: Olive Rose” (2017): Composed for the recent “Still Listening” tribute exhibit honoring Pauline Oliveros, “Folded Subject: Olive Rose” asks performers to reinterpret a piece of written music by folding the pages in various ways and actualizing a number of simple directions, revealing alternate paths into the music. The piece will be performed by Lee Elderton (soprano sax), Mike Gamble (guitar), Catherine Lee (oboe), Andre St. James (double bass), and Evan Spacht (trombone).

~ Antoine Beuger, “Cantor Quartets” (2003): A 15-page score, with each page containing four lines of seven notes each, “Cantor Quartets” is performed as a round, with four performers entering sequentially as the performer before them finishes a line – meaning each page begins as a solo, them becomes a duo, trio, and finally quartet. The ensemble is free to play as many pages as they choose, in any order. The piece will be performed by Lee Elderton (clarinet), Mike Gamble (eBow guitar), Andre St. James (bass), and Evan Spacht (trombone).

The Extradition Series is a quarterly concert series presenting composed and improvised New Music and works from the 20th-century experimental tradition. The series is directed by Matt Hannafin and presented by the Creative Music Guild.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm
Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave @ Killingsworth, Portland, OR
Admission $5 – $15 sliding scale (door sales only)

http://www.facebook.com/TheExtraditionSeries
http://www.creativemusicguild.org/
https://youtube.com/c/TheExtraditionSeries

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Latinx Festival 2017
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Latinx Festival 2017

Trillium Charter School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latinx Festival. 
When: October 14th, 5pm-8pm. 
Where: Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave.
Tickets and information at Latinxfestpdx.org. 

The month of October is Hispanic Heritage Month!

We at Trillium Charter School are dedicated to fostering a community of diverse students and families, who are committed to creating a positive and celebratory environment for all members. Highlighting the importance of our Latinx and Hispanic staff, families, and neighbors in our school is not only fun, but critical to our mission as an inclusive educational space.

That is why we are holding the First Annual Latinx Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 5PM to 8PM. Trillium is located at 5420 N Interstate Ave. Latinx Festival is a family friendly event and fundraiser, open to all who want to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic culture, while raising funds for our school. General admission tickets are on sale now, $5 per individual, or $15 per household (family of 3+). 

What Will the Funds Be Used For?

In the 2017-18 school year, we hope to raise funds to:

Help support our newly implemented English Language Learning program for our incoming immigrant families;
Improve the functionality of our schoolyard, to make it as safe and fun as possible, including the addition of bike racks to accommodate the increasing number of staff and students who bike to school; and
Improve our technology, including the purchase of Chromebooks for all staff and students.

If you can support Latinx Festival through sponsorship or volunteering, please contact Patrice, patrice@trilliumcharterschool.org. 

What to Expect: 

Latinx Festival is going to be so much fun! There will be music, food, and plenty of entertainment. Students and teachers in all classes are dedicating the month of October to work on cultural projects on different aspects of Latinx culture that will decorate our building. Here’s a sneak peek inside the event:

Food
Refreshments
Music
LUCHADORES
Face Painting
Cultural Activities
Raffle

Buy a ticket today to get the full picture!

Trillium Charter School is a K-12 school in North Portland, with a curriculum based in constructivism and focused on developing leaders for social justice. We believe that diversity is our strength. 

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Octubre es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

En Trillium Charter School, nos dedicamos a fomentar una comunidad diversa de estudiantes y familias comprometidos en crear un ambiente positivo y celebrativo para todos los miembros de la comunidad. Resaltando la importancia que nuestrx amigx latinx y vecinos tienen en nuestro proyecto, puesto que nuestra escuela no es solo para pasarla bien, sino también que es crítico para nuestra misión ofrecer un espacio de educación inclusiva. 

Es por eso que, este año iniciaremos nuestro Primer Festival Annual Latinx, el dia 14 de octubre a partir de las 5PM hasta las 8PM. Trillium se encuentra en 5420 N Interstate Ave. Latinx Festival es un evento familiar y recaudador de fondos, abierto a todos los que quieran celebrar Latinx y la cultura hispana, al tiempo que recaudan fondos para nuestra escuela. Los boletos generales de la entrada están en venta ahora, $ 5 por individuo, o $ 15 por el hogar (familia de 3+).

Para qué se utilizarán los fondos?

En el año escolar 2017-18, esperamos recaudar fondos para:

Ayudar a sostener nuestro recientemente implementado programa English Language Learning -ELL- (Aprendizaje de la lengua inglesa) para nuestras familias de inmigrantes;
Mejorar la funcionalidad de nuestro patio de la escuela, para que sea lo más seguro y divertido posible, incluyendo la adición de bastidores de bicicletas para dar cabida al creciente número de empleados y estudiantes que van en bicicleta a la escuela;
Mejore nuestra tecnología, incluida la compra de Chromebooks para todo el personal y los estudiantes.

Si usted puede apoyar el Festival Latinx a través del patrocinio o el voluntariado, por favor comunicarse con Patrice, patrice@trilliumcharterschool.org. 

Qué encontrarás en el festival: 

Latinx Festival va a ser muy divertido! Habrá música, comida, y muchísimo entretenimiento. Estudiantes y maestrx de todas nuestras clases, dedicaran el mes de octubre a trabajar en proyectos culturales y decorar nuestro edificio alusivos a diferentes aspectos de la cultura Latinx. Aquí, un adelanto del Latinx Festival:

Comida
Refrescos
Música
LUCHADORES
Maquillaje Artístico
Actividades Culturales

Compre un boleto hoy mismo para obtener una imagen completa!

Trillium Charter School es una escuela K-12 en North Portland, con un currículo basado en el constructivismo y enfocado en el desarrollo de líderes para la justicia social. Creemos que la diversidad es nuestra fuerza.

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Engaging Men Now Conference
Oct
14
9:30 AM09:30

Engaging Men Now Conference

  • Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Redefining Your Masculinity to End Gender-Based Violence

An all day conference with various workshops such as: 

  • Nuts and Bolts of Engaging Men: Tips and Tricks 
  • Engaging Men Across the Political Spectrum
  • Activist Communities Engaging Men in Their Own Communities: Becoming aware of and responding to attitudes and behaviors associated with gender-based violence
  • Patriarchy 101 
  • Social Media as a Prevention Tool 
  • How Does Masculinity Affect Relationships? Panel Discussion
  • Cultural Humility & Culturally-specific Work to Engage Men in Ending Gender-Based Violence- Panelist
  • Ending Gender Based Violence is Men's Work: How Male Allies can Frontline the Fight Against Systems of Oppression (Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy) 
  • Raising Feminist Boys
  • Engaging Men Who Have Been Abusive: A panel of survivor and offender speakers
  • Intro to gender diversity and trans identities 


Go here
https://www.ywcapdx.org/engaging-men-conference-2017/ to RSVP and get tickets. 
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

 

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Who Is She: A Program Of Emerging Women Filmmakers
Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

Who Is She: A Program Of Emerging Women Filmmakers

Did you see Wonder Woman? Did you love it? Hell yeah! But perhaps a more effective way to celebrate lady-made-films is to act locally, by supporting, listening, and viewing the work of our female-identifying makers here in Portland. Bad-ass women filmmakers are by no means a new phenomena here, and this tradition is being carried on today by a bevvy of emerging lady-visionaries. Who is She is a program of new work from women who are making shit happen. This program is not some exclusive girls-rule-boys-drool club, but a celebration and acknowledgement of the resilient women we owe our scene to; past, present and future. Come worship these queens. Subjects include nature, place, friendship, and self. Works of experimental, low-fi, documentary and comedy.

Katie Burkhart, Jackie Davis, Melinda Kowalska  — All the Stars in the Sea
Micah Vanderhoof — Women’s Work
Blanca Villalobos — Un sueño despierto / A Daydream
Dani Ransom — Various shorts
McKenzie Blake — Vestibular Matching Soundtrack
Paulina Ramirez — Omnipresencia
Kaitlyn Stodola — Reflections
Julia Calabrese and Emily Bernstein — Cookie and Wayne and selected shorts
Shannon Kerrigan — Various shorts

Curated by Shannon Neale

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Establishing & Sustaining Healthy Boundaries as Artists
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Establishing & Sustaining Healthy Boundaries as Artists

Join home school at S1 for a workshop on healthy boundaries con las Pochas Radicales! As always this event will be free and open to the public, livestreamed online for remote viewers. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Please note the maximum capacity for this workshop is 40 participants.

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"For our last happening of the year, we are holding space for folks that are interested in creating, establishing and sustaining healthy relationships as artists with a focus on boundaries. As creatives, we are simultaneously navigating relations with collaborators, galleries, institutions, communities & social media among others. Sometimes these relationships can be difficult when we consider the identities and experiences we hold, especially if we come from a marginalized community. 

How do I know when I am tapped out? Do I feel comfortable saying no? Do my relationships overlap? Does this relationship need to change or be let go? The workshop is open to all genders & identities but will focus on the experiences of BIPOC artists as intersectionality greatly informs how bodies & labor are perceived. Our intention is for folks to leave feeling self aware about their needs & capacity, confident and empowered to move forward in their relationships in a way that honors their relationship to Self.

Outside of the collective Blanca teaches an anti-oppression healthy relationships curriculum to Latinx youth with the goal of preventing gender-based violence. She uses a popular education model and seeks to create an environment that is both trauma informed and reflective of the community she is engaging with. 

First hour: Discussion & Knowledge Share
Second hour: Written & Visual Art Activity

*This will also be Blanca’s last engagement with Pochas Radicales for quite some time as she is honoring herself by listening to her heart. She will be moving back to her first home at the beginning of 2018."

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Tender Table: A Fundraiser
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Tender Table: A Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE for an evening of music, stories, and food to raise funds for the 2018 programming of Tender Table!

$10 ($8 w/ EBT, Student ID, Food Handlers Card)

** MUSIC **
Amenta Bodunde Abioto

** STORIES & FOOD **
Becky Win
Blanca S. Villalobos
Lilian Dirrebes O
Mercedes Orozco
May Cat
Pamela K. Santos
Zeloszelos Marchandt

Tender Table is a storytelling platform about food, family, identity featuring voices of women of color and gender nonconforming people of color.

The series is a celebration and an effort to honor the contexts and complexities wrapped up in concerns we have about food culture and social justice.

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Performance: Residency In The Garden
Aug
5
8:00 PM20:00

Performance: Residency In The Garden

Through exploration with vinyl, digital sounds and field recordings, huixola will be performing an evening of music & storytelling inspired by dreams had during her week long stay at the residency. All are welcome to attend, lay in the grass under a beautiful summer night and commune over individual and collective dreams for healing & empowerment. Folks are invited to bring something to share, whether that be food, beverages, flowers or an unscented white candle as an offering to the performance.

An avid dreamer & storyteller, huixola uses these mediums as a way to honor her ancestors and as an ongoing practice to heal current, past and ancestral traumas as a queer brown woman with indigenous roots in Jalisco, MX.

*During her stay at the residency, huixola will be holding space for dream circles as a way to build community through practice, interpretation & guidance. All dreamers, regardless of experience, are welcome. More information regarding the scheduling of these circles will be released as soon as possible, thanks!

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A través de la exploración con vinilos, sonidos digitales y grabaciones del campo, huixola presentará una noche de música y narración inspirada por sueños durante su residencia de una semana en el jardín. Todxs son bienvenidos a asistir, acostarse sobre el pasto debajo una bella noche de verano y platicar sobre sueños individuos y colectivos para la sanación y fortalecimiento.  La gente está invitada a traer algo para compartir, sea comida, bebidas, flores o una vela blanca sin olor para el performance.

Una soñadora y cantadora ávida, huixola usa estas técnicas como una manera de honrar sus ancestros y como una práctica en desarrollo para sanar traumas actuales, del pasado y de sus ancestros como una mujer queer, de color, y con raíces indígenas de Jalisco, MX.

*Durante su estancia en la residencia, huixloa llevará a cabo espacio para círculos de sueño como una manera de construir comunidad a través de la práctica, interpretación y dirección.  Todxs lxs soñadorxs, sin importar sus experiencias, estarán bienvenidxs. Más información sobre el horario de estos círculos será anunciado tan pronto como sea posible, ¡gracias!

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Noche De Arte: Pochas Radicales
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Noche De Arte: Pochas Radicales

"Noche de Arte 2017" Feauturing las Pochas Radicales
Friday July 21st at 6pm
Q Center, 4115 N MIssissippi Ave, Portland
$10 Suggested Donation

6pm PDX Latinx Pride weekend Opening Reception
7pm Pochas Radicales Show

"Noche de Arte 2017" Presentando "Pochas Radicales"
Viernes 21 de Julio a las 6pm
Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR
$10 donacion sugerida

6pm Recepcion apertura del fin de semana del PDX Latinx Pride
7pm Show de las Pochas Radicales

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