Browse Exhibits (12 total)

Gloria Estrada: An Oral History

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A multi-instrumentalist artist, Boyle Heightsian, and bicultural woman. 

Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Gloria Estrada plays an unbelievable amount of instruments. She combines her jazz, tango, cumbia, mariachi, rancheras, blues, folk, and latin influences into a impressive, multi-cultural fusion of music. 

Ana María Alvarez

The following is an evolving archive dedicated to documenting the works, life story, and contributions of dancer and artivist Ana María Alvarez. 

Crisia Regalado

Crisia Regalado has been professionally performaing since she was 10 years old. She is classically trained; first studying opera and moving to Mariachi in high school. She continues to expand her musical range, bringing her audience to travel through time. They experience a variety of colors and styles through the evolution of her voice. 

She has performed in Prestigious musical events like Bienvenido Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Phil Harmonic, Las Mañanitas a La Virgen de Guadalupe en la Basílica del Tepeyac, Journey (Hollywood Bowl), Playboy Jazz Festival, LA Opera Presents: Brundibár, Amoeba Music, PBS, Play for Change, SCRIPPS College, Hammer Museum, Anaheim House Of Blues, Hollywood Forever and many more. 

This website is designed to archive Crisia's musical career. We want to share her story and highlight her participation as a women of color in the music industry. 

Ellen Harper


An oral history documenting folk musician Ellen Harper

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Nancy Macko

Rocio Marron

Rocio Marron is a musician, teacher, activist, and mother who works in the Los Angeles area. Marron followed a natural passion for music in her studies, attending the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. After earning a Bachelor's of Music, Marron became involved with a network of activists and artists, working with groups ranging from the artivist band Quetzal to the television series The Voice. She recorded on the Academy Award nominated soundtrack of Coco and recently featured on the soundtracks of US and Disney's Christopher Robin. She released her debut solo album in 2011 and continues to compose, contribute to television, film, and other musician's work, and teach lessons out of her Thousand Oaks home. 

Rosa Martha Zárate Macías

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Suchi Branfman

Suchi began teaching at Scripps 18 years ago and since then has continued her amazing artivist workout in Claremont and beyond. She lives and works in Santa Monica when she is not commuting to Claremont. In Santa Monica she is an Arts Commissioner for the city putting together shows and community events. Suchi is known for her work as a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and activist. Her more recent work in the community is through the Prison Education Project which she got involved with a few years ago as a guest lecturer, but since then has continued her work as a 5 year art residency. Her love of teaching and learning shines through all of her work and her persistent dedication to prison reform and rehabilitation is admirable. We were lucky we got the opportunity to sit down and talk to her about her life’s work as well as build an archive so many people to come can learn about her impact.

Suchi has worked nationally and internationally as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, and activist. Her work has received support from numerous arts funders including National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, New York State Council for the Arts, and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. She currently teaches at Scripps College and Art Center College of Design and serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. Suchi's work, as solo performer and as Artistic Director of the multicultural women's dance collectives Crowsfeet and Wallflower Order, has received national and international acclaim. Suchi teaches modern dance technique, improvisation, and repertory at Scripps.

Tanya "Nena Soul Fly" Melendez


An early archive documenting the works and contributions of fashion designer and artist Tanya "Nena Soul Fly" Melendez. 


"Your sensuality is your power and your beauty is your power and the way you carry yourself has been lost a little bit here in the U.S.. Other cultures still have that and there’s something very powerful that the women here really need and we need to work on tapping into that, however we wanna do it."

                       --Nena Soul Fly