On May 21,¬†2016, join us for an interactive, hands-on workshop with¬†Southwest Folklife Alliance. At¬†Who Tells the Best Jokes? Who Makes the Best Tortillas? Asset Mapping as a Tool for Community Empowerment¬†participants will gain a deeper understanding of the field of “place making” and its potential benefits for community prosperity.

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¬ŅQui√©n cuenta los mejores chistes? ¬ŅQui√©n hace las mejores tortillas? Mapas de activos comunitarios como herramientas para¬†cambio social

A workshop with Southwest Folklife Alliance

Taller de Capacitación con la Alianza del Suroeste para el Avance de las Culturas Populares

Saturday, May 21
10:00 am –¬†1:00 pm

Galiano’s Café & Smoothies
1113 G Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
Cost: $10

In this interactive, hands-on workshop artists,¬†neighborhood and business leaders will learn how¬†to adapt and use¬†the tools frequently used by anthropologists to conduct research in communities all over the world. Using maps, questionnaires, photography, film, observation, personal interviews and techniques for making the most out of “hanging out” with people in casual settings, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the field of¬†“place making” and its potential benefits for community prosperity.

En este taller interactivo los artistas, l√≠deres comunitarios y comerciantes aprender√°n a adaptar y utilizar las herramientas que usan frecuentemente los antrop√≥logos para llevar a cabo la investigaci√≥n en comunidades alrededor del mundo. Los participantes aprender√°n a sacar el mayor provecho de ‚Äúpasar un rato informal‚ÄĚ con la gente en nuestro entorno mediante el uso de: mapas, cuestionarios, fotograf√≠as, el cine, la observaci√≥n, entrevistas personales y otras t√©cnicas. Los participantes obtendr√°n una comprensi√≥n m√°s profunda del campo de la “creaci√≥n de lugares” y sus potenciales beneficios en fomentar la prosperidad de la comunidad.

This bilingual workshop is presented in both English and Spanish. Taller biling√ľe en espa√Īol e ingl√©s.


Workshop size is limited to 25 participants. Advance registration is required.

Dr. Maribel Alvarez is an anthropologist, folklorist, curator, and community arts expert who has documented the practice of more than a dozen of the country’s leading emerging and alternative artistic organizations from Maine to Hawaii to El Paso and Los Angeles. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Associate Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona. Maribel is a Trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. She teaches courses on methods of cultural analysis with particular emphasis on food, objects, oral narratives and visual cultures of the US-Mexico border. She has written and lectured widely about poetry and food, intangible heritage, nonprofits and cultural policy, the theory of arts participation, artisans and patrimony in Mexico, and popular culture and stereotypes. In 2009 she was a Fulbright Fellow Conducting research in rural Mexico.

As Public Folklorist at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences‚Äô Southwest Center she serves as the Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate nonprofit unit of the University of Arizona. Maribel was the co-founder and Executive Director for seven years of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, a contemporary, alternative urban arts center in San Jose, California once described during her tenure as a ‚Äúlab for intelligent cultural interventions.‚ÄĚ For ten years, she has served as core faculty in the annual Leadership Institute presented by National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).

Southwest Folklife Alliance is an affiliate non-profit organization of the University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the designated Folk Arts Partner of the Arizona Commission on the Arts with the support of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Border Arts Corridor (BAC) is a group of individuals dedicated to better understanding the complexities of world’s borderlands. BAC is established on the belief that through art and cultural programming social borders may fall and bridges may materialize. BAC will continue to produce bi-national Artwalks, in addition to film festivals, workshops, performances, public dialogues and artist residencies.

Galiano’s Café & Smoothies provides a relaxing, bio-friendly, neighborhood-centered place striving to accommodate the increasing demand for a socially/environmentally-concerned hangout.

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This program is supported through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.