Collective Healing & Resistance in Art
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street

A panel and open discussion on collective healing and resistance in art, taking place on International Womxn's Day! Invited panelists include artists and community organizers april I. martin, Sammay Dizon and Keena Azania Romano (bios below). Join the discussion in recognizing the labor behind collective and artistic community building by womxn and femmes of color. Presented by CODE and sponsored by Student Union.


About the Artists

april l. martin is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious woman living in gentrified-ass West Oakland. She identifies as black and queer. april was born in Ohio and radicalized in the Bay. She organizes with groups like the National Lawyers Guild, Black Lives Matter, Asians for Black Lives and other groups in the Bay Area. She is currently working with the Standing Rock Water Protector Legal Collective to support Water Protectors arrested protesting the DAPL pipeline through the repressive judicial system. april co-directed the documentary "Cincinnati Goddamn" which has screened at film festivals around the country. She is also a documentary photographer and her photographs from the #SayHerName direct action in SF in 2015 have been exhibited around the country.

Sammy "SAMMAY" Dizon is a choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performing artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent who envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Founding Artistic Director of URBAN x INDIGENOUS - she has been featured through Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T. – Dance In Revolt(ing) Times Festival, Blessed Unrest: Arts and Social Justice Festival, Red Poppy Art House, and A/P/A Institute at NYU among others. She recently returned from an inter-island tour through Hawai'i with intercultural contemporary artist collective, I Moving Lab, and a solo immersion tour through her ancestral land, the Philippines. SAMMAY is a three-time recipient of the “Presented by APICC” Artist award, APAture 2016: Performing Arts – Featured Artist, and Performing Diaspora 2016 Artist-in-Residence at CounterPulse. To follow her journey, visit

Keena Azania Romano exercises her creative mind through the exploration of diverse artistic mediums as a way to engage and understand individual and collective purpose. Romano received her BFA from Pomona College then returned to her native Bay Area to pursue a career in the Arts. Her Murals can be spotted from Sacramento, California to Oaxaca, Mexico. Inspired by cultural practices, Romano combines spirituality with urban experience to produce work that draws upon the quest for a greater understanding of intersectional beauty in this world. She fuses traditional native arts with contemporary inner-city techniques to reflect a new language that encourages the healing and empowerment process between community members and their environments. Her style is described as “vibrant and insightful”. She aspires to travel and create a colorful trail of art by exploring the modern Diaspora based on her multi-ethnic experience.

Image courtesy of the artists.