Thanks to the curatorial team, Adam Levine, Ana Barajas, Bianca Weeko Martin, Gillian McIntyre, and Tahnee Pantig for inviting us to collaborate.
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes of Kwentong Bayan Collective were honoured to serve as community consultants (along with many other artists, academics and community folks from the Filipino and Latinx communities) for the exhibition, Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire.
The exhibit brings together more than 200 works of art from Latin America, the Philippines and Spain made between 1492 and 1898. It runs from June 8-to-Oct 10, 2022 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Kwentong Bayan Collective member Althea Balmes contributed to the Exhibition Audio guide. Her piece is entitled "The Philippines" and it accompanies a map of the country that is presented askew for a reason. Listen here.
Please join us for Re-Imagining Stories of Care Work - a collaborative storytelling and audio-visual art performance about the invaluable contributions of migrant caregivers to Canada’s social, economic, and political past, present and future.
Collaborative storytelling by Caregiver Connections, Education & Support Organization (CCESO) and audio-visual art performance by Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo) With support from Karen Ancheta, Storyteller/Facilitator and Leon Aureaus, Artistic Director, Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Presented by the Myseum Intersections Festival.
Seed Bombs & Singing Plants
Subtle Technologies Festival
Co-Presented with Evergreen
Featuring the work of
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Amy Desjarlais (nee Tabobandung)
Ester Dulawan Tuldague
& Members of Kapwa Collective
Sunday June 25th, 2017
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Chimney Court in the Children’s Garden
at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Admission is free. All are welcome.
In celebration of National Aboriginal Day and the radiance of the Summer solstice, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and friends will facilitate an all ages seed bomb playshop followed by a performance that features the Singing Plants installation as a live instrument. The afternoon’s activities will include traditional prayers, chants, and a participatory jam session with singing plants and indigenous instruments.
Native Wildflower Seed Bomb Playshop with Kapwa Collective
This playshop will feature a hands-on demonstration on how to create seed bombs, an age-old agricultural practice now used for guerrilla farming. Participants will combine seeds, clay and compost into small balls perfect for tossing in places in need of native wildflowers!
Singing Plants (Live)
Amy Desjarlais (nee Tabobandung), Michele Perpaul, and Jen Maramba will open the event with songs from the Sacred Water Journey album.
Ester Dulawan Tuldague will share a solidarity statement and talk about the Hudhud, one of the songs that the plants sing. It is a epic chant indigenous to the Ifugao People.
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo will introduce the Singing Plants and will invite them to play with us!
Kapwa Collective members will engage the audience in an interactive activity that embodies the elements of wind, water, air and fire; and introduce us to the rhythms of Isinay gongs.
Kapwa Collective will then invite Jo, Ester, Amy and the audience to join in a group jam session with singing plants and indigenous instruments.
Please join Cahoots Theatre on June 18th for a pay-what-you-can reading of HILOT MEANS HEALER by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Directed by Nina Lee Aquino. Immediately following the reading, guests and community members are invited to stay and enjoy refreshments to celebrate the end of Cahoot's incredible 30th Anniversary season!
Sunday June 18, 2017
HILOT MEANS HEALER
2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
CAHOOTS End of Season Party
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Space is limited, so please RSVP here.
The Ernest Balmer Studio
9 Trinity Street, Studio #316
3rd floor in Toronto's Distillery District
Wheelchair accessible space with freight elevator access from 15 Case Goods Lane.
jo simalaya alcampo explores memory, healing, and kapwa values through storytelling and community-engaged art