Tinderbox Artist Talk with Erica Alexia Ledesma
March 9th, 6–7:30 pm
Rogue Climate and Signal Fire invite you to an artist talk in celebration of our 2020 Tinderbox Artist in Residence, Erica Alexia Ledesma. While Erica’s residency went virtual, her engagement within Tinderbox was responsive, on the ground, and deeply impactful across the Rogue Valley. Erica will share her experiences working with Rogue Climate to support survivors of the Almeda Fire and discuss how art is central to community building and advocacy.
Erica Alexia is a first-generation xicana born and raised in Southern Oregon with ancestral roots in México. She is a visual artist, youth mentor, and community organizer currently based in Takelma Land (Medford, Oregon). Erica’s work centers visual art and story sharing to build community. In 2018, Erica co-founded a project called Noche de cuentos (Night of Storytelling), which works with the Latinx folks to craft and share their story in community. In 2019 Erica partnered up with The Hearth— becoming the director of the Latinx Story Project. Learn more at www.artisterica.bigcartel.com.
Signal Fire is grateful to partner with Rogue Climate who generously brought Erica into the fold during a year of pandemic, unyielding pipeline battles, and regional fires that even claimed their own office. Rogue Climate empowers Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, seniors, and communities of color, to win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. Learn more at www.rogueclimate.org.
Erica’s was the third annual Tinderbox Residency produced by Signal Fire, a three month program embedding an artist with an environmental advocacy organization. Tinderbox Residencies bridge environmental advocacy, activism, and art by creating a platform for dialogue with the greater public. Signal Fire projects foster resilience, creative energy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for equitable access, and protection of, wild and open places. Learn more about our Tinderbox Residency here.