Latin American Speakers Series: Judy Baca, March 14 @ OCAD University, Toronto


The Latin American Speakers Series aims to contextualize Latin American art within Canada as well as enrich our understanding of the art from both the continent and the Diaspora. Performance artist Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), educator and artist Pablo Helguera (Mexico/New York), community artist Judy Baca (Mexico/Los Angeles) and curator Mari Carmen Ramírez (Puerto Rico/Houston) have been asked to share their work through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions.

In addition to the Lectures we will also host Interviews and Studio Visits (please check our website for more information).

The Latin American Speakers Series is curated by Tamara Toledo and presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects.




Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form – The Art of Judy Baca

Moderator Veronica Díaz

Friday, March 14, 2014
OCAD University’s Auditorium, Room 190
100 McCaul Street
Free Admission

JUDY BACA is a Mexican-American renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator who has dedicated her career to demonstrate the ways in which public art, created in partnership with community members, can be a force for social change. What sets her apart from many other artists is an inspired ability to teach and a creative pursuit of relevancy in developing educational and community based art methodologies. Through a lifetime of achievement, Baca has stood for art in service of equity for all people.

One of her first projects in 1969 was a collaborative mural aimed at tempering gang violence. She is co-founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). SPARC has been creating sites of public memory that address the identities and concerns of women, immigrants and the economically disadvantaged since 1976. Baca’s most celebrated work is The Great Wall of Los Angeles, a mural project begun in 1973 in the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley. Completed over the course of five years, The Great Wall is a visual narrative of California’s history from the perspective of the underrepresented. Baca has been teaching art at UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies and Department of World Arts and Cultures for the past 15 years.

VERONICA DÍAZ is a visual artist, photographer and community cultural activist. Díaz is currently pursuing her Master in Environmental Studies (MES) at York University. Her graduate work focuses on Muralismo and the Transformation of Diasporic Women through Earth-based Arts. Díaz is co-founder of Tamarind Eco Art Projects and is the Photography Editor of Avenida Latin@ Youth Magazine. She was recently selected to be part of Continuum, a mural art mentoring and apprenticeship program with Mural Routes. She has led community and participatory murals in the University of Waterloo, Tatamagouche Centre in Nova Scotia, and most recently in Toronto with Food Share’s Intensive Leadership Facilitation Training.

Co-Presented by LACAP, the Community Arts Practice Program of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Visual Arts Department at York University

About LACAP:
The Latin American Canadian Art Projects is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the implementation of projects that expose Canadians to Latin American art and culture, artistic excellence and critical thought.

About the Curator of the Latin American Speakers Series:
TAMARA TOLEDO is a Toronto-based artist, educator and curator. Toledo is a graduate of OCAD University (Honours) and holds an MFA from York University. She is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and the Latin American Canadian Art Projects. Toledo’s curatorial projects include: Alienation,Idiomática, Recycled Captions, Pilgrimage of Wanderers, Home Sweet Hogar, Pop and Politics and the Latin American Speakers Series. Toledo has participated in various conferences for her curatorial work, such as Performing Feminist Motherhood (New York), Memory and Migration (Vancouver) and Critical Dialogues: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Curating and Artistic Practice (Toronto). She has written various articles on Latin American art for ARM Journal, C Magazine and Fuse Magazine.

For more information please contact us at:
601 Christie Street, Suite 158
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 4C7

LACAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. LACAP also acknowledges the support of its corporate sponsors InterContinental Toronto Centre and SeeThroughWeb as well as its partners: Prefix ICA; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery; the MVS Program at the University of Toronto; Hart House; Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Visual Arts Department at York University; and OCAD University.