Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra (enrolled Maya-Lenca of the Royal Jaguar House of El Salvador) is an emerging Indigenous anti-disciplinary public artist, curator, and civic artist working in the intersections of art, culture, community, and equity. Her practice includes visual art, music, dance, and performance with an emphasis on Latinx/Indigenous art methods, the experimental, and the political. Her visual work is rooted in traditional artesanias of Mesoamerica.
Rebekah co-founded Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Art and Music collective and studio/gallery, where she serves as Artistic director. She writes and performs music as Lady Xok. She has exhibited, performed, and curated throughout the Twin Cities, collaborating with many arts organizations. She is self-taught, family-taught, and studied studio art at St. Olaf College and Holtekilen Folkehøgskole in Oslo, Norway.
Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a local Latin@ poets collective. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an involved activist in the Latinx community and a contributing author to the anthology A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota. He writes about fatherhood, the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish and Spanish, and issues pertaining to his community and life experiences.
He has performed with Yellow Rage, Los Nativos, Chicano Messengers of the Spoken Word and Big Quarters. He also takes the power of his work to local high schools, colleges, and universities, both in the Metro Area and in Greater Minnesota, in which he engages in conversation with students in regards to the art of spoken word and how they can use it as a tool of liberation.