At Amistad, we want our students to be not only bilingual, but multicultural as well. We have many programs to take advantage of the different cultures we have in this area and integrate this culture and community into our education. Some of these programs are the Guest Reader Series and the Artist in Residence Program.
Seattle Amistad School works with local artists from a variety of cultural traditions as Artists in Residence. These Artists in Residence co‐teach with Amistad teachers to explore artistic and cultural traditions from throughout Latin America. Through this collaboration, students learn music, dances, how to play and make instruments, the geography and history of various cultural traditions, and the impact/influence of the traditions in our own and other communities. Children become full participants in these artistic and cultural traditions, both in the classroom and in the community.
We invite a new artist to come in every quarter:
Andrea LaVare Malagon (fall 2016)
Andrea has a daughter here at Amistad, and is also an accomplished dancer and artist in the Puget Sound region.
Andrea’s favorite quote is, “My heart lifted my feet and I danced”. Andrea has been teaching dance for over twenty years. She earned her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1996. She continued her dance and teaching education through the world renowned American Dance Festival, Utah Dance Festival, and University of Washington.
She has taught children of varying ages through the Sammamish School District, Seattle Public Schools, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, and the Washington Athletic Club.
Andrea, and her husband Lorenzo, have danced folklorico professionally with Bailadores de Bronce since 2011. As much as she loves teaching dance, Andrea’s greatest joy and accomplishment is her daughter Vio.
Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys (winter 2012 and spring 2016)
Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys is an Art Educator, an Artist, an Arts Facilitator, a Mother and an Arts Advocate for equal opportunity to be creative. She enjoys working with kids, youth, and families. Amaranta has worked extensively with many arts organizations, non-profits, museums, schools, community centers, private and public school since 2000. Amaranta has coordinated, collaborated and curate Cultural events and Festivals around the Puget Sound. She graduated from Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City, specializing in Ceramics, Stained mosaic, Textiles, Jewelry and Paper. Most of her curriculum classes are influenced by Mexican Folk Art. Through all these years she has blend the NW culture and Latino heritage to express and define her Artwork.
Milvia Pacheco (spring 2015 and winter 2016)
Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra is a dancer and choreographer born in Caracas-Venezuela, where she began her career as a dancer combining dance and theater training. For more than 12 years, she danced with Danzahoy, with whom she toured to renowned festivals in over 15 countries, including Danzahoy’s “Exodo” season at the Joyce Theatre in NYC (2006). Since her arrival in New York City in 2004, she has worked with Rastro Dance Company, B3W/Emily Berry, and Alexandra Beller/Dances which she joined in 2007 and with whom she has toured internationally. Milvia’s own choreographies, “KM 0” (2004) and “ATAJO”(2007) were presented by Rastro at London’s ICA and the Avant-garde Festival of Merida as well as NYC and Caracas. “The Gender’s Heart” (2008) and “Portrait of Woman with Fan” (2009) has been presented in the Fertile Ground New Work Series at Green Space and in Dance New Amsterdam as final showing of the CHOREOLAB. She is one of the founders of Posarte, a company that strives to actively explore movement and scenic design towards inspiring and integrating other artists-painters, sculptors, composers and poets.
Patricia y Abel (fall 2015)
Blanca Santander (fall 2013 and winter 2015)
Blanca Santander is originally from Peru, and has been living in Seattle for many years now. She is a highly respected, much-awarded artist, is also a friend, a fan of Amistad, and a vocal advocate for local arts and Latino artists.
Hijos de Agüeybaná (spring 2014)
On spring 2014 we had Otoqui and Naomi from Puerto Rico. They are masters in the bomba tradition and their band is Hijos de Agüeybaná. Oti and Naomi are both master musicians and dancers, and Naomi also has over 10 years of experience doing art with young children.
Arlene Martinez-Vazquez (fall 2014)
Arlene Martinez-Vazquez is a Teaching Artist, Theatre Director and Arts Administrator with over ten years of experience who has worked and trained in England, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Puerto Rico and the USA. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, London. Professional credits include: En Cuerpo de Camisa by Luis Rafael Sanchez (2005, Verosimil, Puerto Rico), Salome by Charles Mee(2006, Collision Theatre Company, London), Barceloneta, At Night by Javierantonio Gonzalez (2007 Staged Reading and 2008 Full Production, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, London), The Bacchae by Euripides(2009, Theatre Libre, London), He’s Gonna See Stars by Lavinia Roberts(2010, Stone Soup Theatre’s Playwriting Festival, Seattle), Passport by Gustavo Ott (2011, eSe Teatro, Seattle) and The Land of Corn and Power by Joann Farias (2011, Multicultural Playwrights Festival, Seattle). Her areas of specialty in theater include: physical theater, adaptations, mask making and performance, puppetry, Commedia dell’Arte, Latin American theater as well as academic research and writing. Currently in Seattle, she is the External Relations Manager for Young Women Empowered, Artistic Associate of Latino Theatre Projects and works regularly as a Teaching Artist with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre amongst many other organizations.
James Kessler (spring 2013)
James Kessler is a member of the Seattle Fandango project. James goal for the kids is that they get acquainted with the music and specific ‘sones’, learn different rhythm patterns that fit with the music (with their hands and with their feet), and also learn some versos and write some versos (or at least themes that they like to sing about, and I’d come up with some versos with those themes). In terms of the history and social context, James wants them to learn that this music is a mix of different musical traditions (music from indigenous people, Spanish people, and West African people) and that it’s a way to sing about life–the good stuff, the daily stuff, and the bad stuff.
Ricardo Guity Blanco (winter 2013)
Ricardo Guity Blanco is a musician and artist from Honduras, who belongs to the Garifuna community. Garifuna is a community along the east coast of Central America, descendants of a ship transporting would-be slaves to Central American ports. The ship wrecked, the Africans were dispersed into the sea, then to land, and then began to build new lives in this new world. Never enslaved, the Garifuna mixed with the indigenous groups along the CA coast, and began to create their own unique traditions and culture, a fusion of the old and new worlds. Ricardo shared music, dance, history, and language (Garifuna!) with us.
Monica Rojas (fall 2012)
Monica Rojas was our first Artist in Residence. Monica, originally from Peru, is Director of De Cajón project, an amazing project focused on the historical, artistic, and cultural contributions of Afro-Peruvians. Monica has a Ph.D in Anthropology and is a brilliant and dynamic musician, dancer, artist, and teacher. Monica was one of the founding voices of Seattle Amistad School, and we are so pleased to have her work with us. Finally, Monica is also founder and Director of MAS or Movimiento Afrolatino de Seattle. MAS vision is that “We are stronger united than we are divided”. MAS is an organization that apreciates and aims to promote and maintain the rich cultural heritage of the Afro-latin community