Past El Paso Event: VOL 16

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Finding My Cultural Voice in Comics

BY RUDY VASQUEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

By day Rudy Vasquez is the mild mannered Marketing and Communications Manager for El Paso’s Downtown Management District (DMD)…but by night Rudy pursues his amazing passion for comic animation artistry.

Rudy has worked for independent comic book publishers as a work-for-hire sequential artist for years, but has not published any creator owned work. Now, the artist is laying the foundation for a creator owned project that is an expression of his own voice. In this journey, he has discovered a culturally rich context that reflects life on the border more so, than life in a completely make believe world. 

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

BY DAVID MORRISON
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.

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So You Created A City, Now What?

BY MAYA SANCHEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

The honorable Mayor of the City of San Elizario, Maya Sanchez tells the story of a group of determined individuals worked tirelessly to save their community by creating a new city in 2013. As president of this group, it was assumed that Maya would run for mayor, but she almost did not. However, having birthed this new entity, she quickly realized that she and the group of community organizers that made it happen must not stop with it’s creation and ensure that the young City was set on the right path. Maya shares how the oldest community in Texas became its newest city with the story of the City of San Elizario from 1598 to 2017.

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Do Mexico's Journalists want a Safe House?

BY PATRICK TIMMONS
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Freelance human rights investigator and journalist Patrick Timmons shares the staggering statistics: 130 journalists dead or disappeared since 2000. Official protection mechanisms do not work so what informal methods do journalists need to keep themselves safe? Patrick proposes a refuge that may be part of the answer.

 

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Artivist Photography

BY ANDREW TORRES
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Andrew Torres is a self-described "artivist" who enjoys photographing events he supports and values.  His presentation is based on my strong belief in cohesiveness with Mother Earth and mankind. This also reflects the human goal of connection based off of no biases or prejudices. 

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A brief photographic history of one block in downtown El Paso

BY JOEL GUZMAN
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Amatuer historian, Joel Guzman walks us through history via historic photos that reflect the changes that have occurred in the block bounded by Main, Oregon, The Bataan Trainway and Mesa.

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The Rise of Our Extraordinary Machine

BY AUSTIN SAVAGE
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Austin Savage, Founder and Artistic director of the Border Theatre, takes us on a journey through the history of the Border Theatre — a startup performance troupe that has evolved overtime to redefine itself and our creative process. The presentation will focus on the potential of our whole community as a dynamic collaborator in the creation of content rather than a passive observer.

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Colectivo Vagón

BY JUAN FERNANDEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

A group of borderland filmmakers who are setting different course.

Jacob Whitt
in El Paso, TX
Maya Sanchez
Mayor / Director of Account Planning, City of San Elizario / Ghostlight Creative in San Elizario
Joel Guzman
Project Manager by day Amateur Historian by night in El Paso
Andrew Torres
Photographer, Andrew James Torres Photography in El Paso
Patrick Timmons
Human Rights Investigator, Freelance in El Paso
Austin Savage
Artistic Director, The Border Theatre in El Paso
David Morrison
Spiritual Director, Desert Rain Community in Chaparral
Rudy Vasquez
Marketing and Communications Manager, El Paso Downtown Management District in El Paso
Rich Wright
in El Paso