Abigail Janzen

 

 

With roots in Atwater, Abigail moved to Fresno in 2003 to attend CSU Fresno towards a BA in Art with an emphasis on Drawing and Painting. She currently works as a full-time multidisciplinary artist showcasing her work in various art exhibits and utilizing a wide array of mediums including painting, craft design, textile art, and mixed media. Abigail has over a decade of experience in Folk Music Dance (Folklorico). With over 10 years working with elementary dance students, after-school, and adult-day programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Abigail is a co-founder of Dulce Upfront, a multimedia art collective based in Fresno. Her knowledge is integral in building creative, engaged and inclusive spaces for young people at Dulce Upfront events. She serves as main stage designer and crafter of aesthetics used for event production.


Alicia Olivarez

 

 

Alicia is a sister, daughter, traveler, movement-builder & political-economic strategist. Originally from Sanger, Alicia’s experiences as a first-generation, working class Xicana have been her motivation to serve communities of color fighting for liberation. She is most interested in using this space to build with others including women of color, immigrant and working class innovators, to grow their entrepreneurial ventures. In her “day job” as a Senior Associate at Movement Strategy Center, Alicia is part of a strategy to build youth power across California. Alicia received her B.A. in Public Health from UC Berkeley and her Masters in Political and Economic Development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


      Janaki Jagannath

Janaki Jagannath coordinates the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a group of rural NGOs who work to advance agricultural and environmental policy towards justice for communities bearing the burden of California’s food system. She has farmed in diversified and orchard crops across the state, including conducting training at the Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project in San Diego County with refugee women farmers. She operates a blog and website called the Marigold Society aimed at lifting up the stories of small-scale diversified farmers who are growing against the odds of the environmental injustice and socioeconomic burden of the San Joaquin Valley. She is an artist, musician, and novice plant breeder. Janaki holds a B.S. in Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a producers’ certification in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

 


      Omequetzal Lopez

Ome brings 20 years experience infusing the arts and event planning into social service and social change work. This also coincides with 16 years experience as a statewide, highly sought after professional DJ. She holds a B.A. in Social Work and is completing an MPA, with an emphasis in non-profit management. Raised in Sanger, CA, and growing up in an art-activist family highly involved with the farm labor and Chicano movement defined her vision. This has lead in the creation of multiple projects including Imagine Change, an art-activism youth led coalition in Fresno, co-founder of Trans.e.motion, an organization that serves to educate the public surrounding transgender issues utilizing the arts, Let’s CHAT, a reproductive justice multimedia arts youth organizing project building youth power and resources in the Bay Area. Ome is a co-founder of Dulce UpFront, a multi-media arts collective whom work to heal the community through arts and culture.


         Tony Carranza

The son of farmworkers growing up in rural California and the political landscape around workers help mold his vision early as to the kind of artist he wanted to be. He holds a BA in Art & Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with an emphasis on printmaking, multimedia, branding, and design. He’s worked with many design firms in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. His experience as an Art Director and his dedication to social justice has allowed him to work with a long roster of community based organizations and change makers around the U.S. With more than 15 years in art/design. His knowledge and passion for Latin American/Chicano, Urban, and popular art movements have led also let to his interest as a curator. His love for the valley has led to the need for make an impact using art and culture as a driving force. In 2013 he co-founded Dulce UpFront, a multimedia arts activist collective that features an array of statewide and national organizations, community groups, and artists. He’s active in the arts community and participates in many projects in and around the Central Valley and Oakland.