Nica Aquino is a multidisciplinary artist, analog photographer & educator originally from Los Angeles, California.
Aquino holds a BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and an MA in Visual Culture from the School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Her work reveals place, identity, diaspora and the cross-cultural experience through a photographic lens and a variety of mixed medias. Via photography, viewers see through the eyes of a first generation Ilokana-American trying to navigate North American culture and drawing inspiration from the people and places around her, exploring the commonality of diverse immigrant diasporas and communities in the US and beyond.
Aquino has been working in non-profit organizations since 2015. She is now residing in Northeast Los Angeles, where she is an art educator for Center for the Arts Eagle Rock's art program, Imagine Studio. She works with predominantly POC students of Title 1 status and is excited to share art with the kids in her community.
Little Masters Art Exhibition: 8th December, 2017 - 31st January, 2018.
"Friday, December 8, 2017 through January 31, 2018, come see our art exhibition and fundraiser celebrating the emerging artists of our after-school arts enrichment program, Imagine Studio. The Little Masters show features unique drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media from the talented elementary and middle schools students who inspire us with their creativity.
Since 1998, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock has been offering innovative arts programming to a diverse audience of children and young adults in schools and community groups throughout Northeast Los Angeles.
By bringing the arts back into LAUSD, we are investing in our youth. We currently serve 2,600 students at 14 elementary and middle schools in Northeast Los Angeles, many of which have Title 1 status, through our after school arts enrichment program, Imagine Studio. Our teachers build their classes into a small community, where freedom of expression feels safe and positive. Taught by local working artists, our classes are highly student-motivated and project-oriented."
Filipinx-American Art Event at Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) 9th December, 2017. 3pm-5pm:
KITAKITS, RABBIT FOOL PRESS & UCLA ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES CENTER would like to invite you to an afternoon of Poetry, Dance, Music and Art.
We are celebrating the dual launch of Irene Suico Soriano’s first full length poetry collection, PRIMATES FROM AN ARCHIPELAGO (Rabbit Fool Press) and R. Zamora Linmark’s latest collection, POP VERITE (Hanging Loose Press)
We are also raising money for At-choo Foundation who assists special needs and senior animals that enter our LA shelters system*
Light merienda (snacks) provided by KABUTE CATERING vegan | filipino | organic
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES by: Choreographer/dancer Tina Ford, musicians Jenny San Angel & Jonathan Saxon and an exhibition of selected works by visual artists’ Nica Aquino and Tala Oliver Mateo
Co-sponsored by: Pilipino Workers Center, UCLA Asian American Studies Department, UCLA English Department, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies Center, UCLA AAPI Dialogues, UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center, TULA Southern California Poetry Network, KAYA Press, Center for Art & Thought, PEN Center West Emerging Voices Program & Art for Animal's Sake
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"In this cinematic collection of poetry, Irene Suico Soriano unravels threads of silence and oppression. Primates from an Archipelago traces lineages on geographic and personal islands where memories and dreams are synonymous. Balanced with official documentation such as passports, birth and death certificates, and membership cards, the poems also speak the languages of uncertainties and multiple truths. The collection travels from homeland exile and loss in the Philippines, to the author’s origin story in Zamboanga, on to sites where experience and education have shaped her world view, and finally to Los Angeles, the city of settlement and fractured pasts. Mythical and intimate, Primates from an Archipelago illustrates the sad beauty that lies in the gaps."
THIS EVENT IS FREE, FROM 3-5PM SATURDAY, 9TH DECEMBER AT
Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)
153 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026