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Field Report: Mondo Bizarro

“This month has been a bit of a wind whirl.The Loup Garou production just finished its 4 week successful run in New Orleans, and now we’re beginning its touring planning in January or February some time. We held our evaluation meeting wich went great.We went to Baton Rouge to do a grant-writing workshop and then headed back to New Orleans to go to Washington.

I got a scholarship through an organization called NALAC (National Organization for Latino arts and culture) to go and take Advocacy training in Washington and meet with our congressman etc.

It turned out being something far beyond anything I could have ever asked for.

I’ll be brief, but here was some of the stuff that we had on the agenda:
Day 1:
Met with Eduardo Diaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Met with Esther Aguilera, the President of the CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Met with Narric Rome, Director of Federal Affairs for Americans for the Arts.
Met with Adolfo Carrion, the Jr., Deputy Asst. to the President, & Director of Urban Affairs at the White House!.

We met with the NEA’s Senior staff
Joan Shigekawa, Sr. Deputy Chairman
Patrice Powell, Chairman, States, Regions, Local Arts Agencies
Mario Garcia Durham, Director, Presenting
Jamie Bennett, Public Affairs Director
Met with Congressman Jose Serrano.

Day 2:
Met with Patricia Villareal, Executive Director, CHC
Luis Torres, Office of Congressman Silvestre Reyes
Brenda Munis, Office of Congressman Charles Gonzalez

Met with Jennifer Vu, Legislative Assistant to Anh Cao.

Attended the NALAC Arts Advocacy Leadership Reception. Three Senators and  seven congressman where there amongst many other politicians. Gonzalez, Reyes, Baca and Velasquez where there.

Now Im in Knoxville, TN. for the NPN annual meeting and will return to New Orleans on Monday.

That’s my monthly report for now. More to come next month when I get to process all of this.”

Peace and gratitude,
Melisa Cardona, with Mondo Bizarro


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