Winter 2017

We offer free workshops to students, staff, faculty and community members. Space is limited in all workshops and prior registration is mandatory. Registration links are provided in its respective workshop blurb.

Behind Our New Series Initiatives

Social Justice Workshop Series
The Social Justice Workshop Series was launched in 2016 to contribute to the education, empowerment and social impact of students at UC Santa Barbara and beyond. In collaboration with activists, academics and artists, the MCC hopes to provide unique and intimate venues for social justice topics to be interacted with in diverse and creative settings. These workshops are free to attend, but space is limited so please reserve your seat as soon as possible!

Visible – Writing Ourselves into Being / Creative Writing Workshop Series
VISIBLE – Writing Ourselves into Being is a joint project of the MultiCulutral Center/Locavore Literature LA. Workshops are open to all (particularly people of color) who write. This workshop is generative, which means we will write together and then share our work. The Creative Writing Workshops are free to attend but space is limited so please reserve your space as soon as possible, and lunch will be provided!

Upcoming Fall Workshops

Past Workshops

  • Feb 07-08 Tue-Wed

    Trans*/Queer Memory Crafting, Storytelling and Zine-Making Workshop

    Social Justice Workshop

    2-Day Workshop / MCC Lounge

    In this workshop, Brazilian artist Lino Arruda will lead students through the mechanics of zine-making to open a conversation about what it means to be trans* and queer when situated in the banal details of day-to-day living. What’s queer/trans* about taking the bus, cooking a meal, or even sleeping? After carefully crafting stories of self-representation, participants will gather their works into a collective zine, so that other community members can identify with an ever growing alternative archive made by/for queer/trans* folks.

    2-Day Workshop in MCC Lounge
    Tue, Feb 7, 1-4 pm
    Wed, Feb 8, 11-2 pm

    Lino Arruda is an Institute for LGBT Studies/Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brasil) where they research monstrosity and animality within travesti/trans* sudaca self-representations in countercultural settings.

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  • Feb 24 Fri

    Collective Songwriting

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series

    Creative Writing Workshop / MCC Lounge

    A person’s life views, triumphs, and struggles can be expressed in song lyrics. When practiced in community, songwriting can be a powerful exercise in consensus building and collective knowledge production. Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores will briefly discuss the collective songwriting process and then engage participants in the process. If you play an instrument, please bring it. But you don't need to be a musician or have any musical abilities to participate.

    Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist and Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Scripps/Claremont College..

    Quetzal Flores grew up in social movements as the son of grassroots organizers. Since 1993, he has worked as the founder and musical director of the Grammy® Award-winning East LA Chican@ rock group, Quetzal.

    Register for this workshop online: Click here