Claro is selected to participate in the Creative Community Fellows program offered by the National Arts Strategies. He is honored to be amongst a nationally selected cohort of 24 artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs working as change-makers in their communities – using arts and culture as vehicles to drive physical and social transformations.
MORE INFO @ http://www.artstrategies.org/downloads/CCF/2016Fellows.pdf
See Claro perform Off-Broadway this Summer in Pan Asian Repertory Theater's production of John Okada's "No-No Boy" June 18-26th 2016
Upcoming Conference Presentations:
"Socially-Engaged Art and Local History: My Baryo, My Borough‘s inclusive approach to Oral History, Public Art, and Theatre" & "The history of the Manila Men and St. Malo Island through interactive theatre." 16th Biennial Filipino American National Historical Society Conference; June 22-25, 2016 ; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.
"Socially-Engaged Art towards a Community-Centered Oral History Process: Celebrating, Collecting, and Sharing the Queens, NY Filipino American Perspective." 2016 Oral History Association Annual Meeting; October 12-16, 2016; Long Beach, CA
"Social Practice Artists in the Archives: Strategies for Collaborative Documentation." LACUNY Institute 2016: Libraries, Racism and Antiracism. May 20, 2016; Brooklyn College.
I was recently awarded to be a Commissioned Artist for The Laundromat Project's Create Change program 2015. My Baryo, My Borough: Oral Histories of Filipino America in Queens will celebrate the Filipino/Filipino-American community in Queens by archiving and sharing their legacies via a community-curated collection of video-based oral histories.
MAY 2015-DECEMBER 2015
APRIL- MAY 2015
Facilitating my workshop on creative dialogue "Positively Every Aloud!" at the 2015 New York City Asian American Student Conference at New York University. April 25, 2015
Facilitating my workshop "Excavating and Staking Claim...." to Filipino American undergraduates attending the F.I.N.D., Inc. 2015 Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Storytelling, Language Learning, Folk Dance, Literacy, and Theatre.
Beginning another season as instructor for the Filipino School of NY & NJ Children's Culture and Language Program is always inspiring. Great to be serving these young minds in Jackson Heights, Queens this time around.
MARCH - APRIL 2015
In an event produced by 651 Arts, I worked with a team of Brooklyn based artists and community members to organize an inter-generational community workshop exploring the prompt "Love in the Time of Brooklyn" with a diverse group of community members with ties to Brooklyn, NY. The event was held at Bailey's Cafe in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. We will present the work in Brooklyn this April 2015.
For the AATE, New York Regional Theatre in Our Schools Conference 2015 @ NYU. I along with my co-creator and co-facilitator Mfoniso Udofia presented the workshop Cultural Relevance: Integrating Local History (Social Movements &Hip Hop) through Theatre in the Bronx. We presented information and interactive samples of our theatre-in-education curriculum Bronx History Through Theatre: Resistance and Renaissance which we created as actor-teachers for CUNY Creative Arts Team to serve 10th grade high school students in the Bronx.
As guest facilitator at the 13th Annual Vietnamese Interacting as One Conference 2015 at Michigan State University. As part of the conference theme "Bridging Identities," I facilitated my workshop: Being K.I.D.S. Again: An interactive workshop using creative writing and theatre to investigate the interconnectedness of the self and others. The workshop served a group primarily consisting of Vietnamese American college students in the Midwest, and the workshop was modeled to practically celebrate one's cultural heritage and multiple identities while also exploring how to beging to dialogue, build allies, and/or work towards forming coalitions with cultures beyond one's own.
OCT & NOV, 2014
I was honored to direct the remount of a theater of poetry piece entitled the "The Beauty of Ghosts" written by Luis H. Francia. The piece was staged at Topaz Arts in Queens, NY. The cast featured Agnes "Bing" Magtoto, Jana Lynne Umipig, John Roque, Claro Que Sí. A solo dance by Paz Tanjuaquio was also featured as well as set pieces designed by Francis Estrada.
I, together with co-facilitator Lyda Gaston presented the Leviathan Lab Playmaking Project curriculum at the 2014 CAATA National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival in Philadelphia, PA. We spoke in a panel alongside other Asian American theatre companies across the nation to talk about theatre programming for youth populations.
I wrote a blog post for the Laundromat Project that reflected on my experience in organizing and implementing the "Speech, Chant, and Manifesto..". event at the Interference Archive this past March 2014.
Links to the blog posts below:
Adapted from the groundbreaking novel by John Okada, NO-NO BOY follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada as he returns to Seattle following his release from prison. Ken Narasaki’s vivid adaptation depicts Ichiro’s search for resolution among family, friends, and a community in transition following the resettlement of Japanese Americans on the West Coast after the war.