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2013 Keynotes: Guillermo Gómez-Peña

The Alliance of Artists Communities is excited to announce that Guillermo Gómez-Peña will deliver the closing keynote address of the 2013 Annual Conference in San Jose, CA.  Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of San Francisco performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. 

One of the “most provocative artists on the contemporary art scene”, Gómez-Peña and has produced performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory that explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, and new technologies in the era of globalization. His work has been described by critics as “Chicano cyber-punk" and “ethno-techno art” and contributed to debates on cultural diversity, border culture and US-Mexico relations. His installation work has been presented at over eight hundred venues across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina. 

Born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, Gómez-Peña came to the US in 1978. He was the first Chicano artist to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship and is the recipient of the Bessie Award, the Los Angeles Music Center’s Viva Los Artistas Award, the American Book Award, the Cineaste lifetime achievement award. He was included in The UTNE Reader’s "List of 100 Visionaries". Gómez-Peña's immitable solo performances have been hailed by critics, including Jan Breslauer of The Los Angeles Times, who said his combination of multiple “languages, wild theatrics, and guerrilla satire convey a new internationalism, a borderless ethos" and actor Peter Sellars who called him “one of the handful of great performance artists in America today.”

Gómez-Peña is a regular contributor to the national radio news magazine All Things Considered (National Public Radio), a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (MIT). He is a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute Institute of performance and Politics, a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency and in 2012 he was named Samuel Hoi Fellow by USA Artist.

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Join the Alliance at the 2013 Alliance of Artists Communities conference to explore support for today's artists — visual artists, writers, music- and dance-makers, filmmakers, and more — in one of the country's most culturally diverse and active cities.  From nuts-and-bolts sessions on organizational management, to hearing from artists about their creative practice, to conversations exploring cultural trends and the role of artists in society today, to tours and events showcasing San Jose's neighborhoods and alternative arts spaces - join your colleagues in San Jose this fall! More information on the conference at: