Favianna Rodriguez will convene artists alongside movement organizers and activists to explore the intersections between mass incarceration and immigrant detention with the goal of devising a cultural strategy that envisions a world free of prisons.
Bio: Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and organizer based in Oakland, CA. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. She lectures globally on intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity to catalyze social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful,” which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.