Who we are
Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle
Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle’s practice places special emphasis on issues of equity, decolonization of the imagination and productive fictions. As a producer and educator Houle has worked with Creative Time (NY), the Center for Urban Pedagogy (NY), 596 Acres (NY) and More Art (NY). She has created work for The Second City Chicago (IL), Movement Research (NY) and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NY) She holds a MFA in Visual Art at Columbia University (NY) and an EdM in Education from Harvard University (MA).
Nansi Guevara is a border artist and activist from Laredo, Texas. Her work is at the core of using her border and rasquache sensibilities to create decolonial public artwork alongside communities. As part of a Fulbright in Mexico City she co-authored and co-illustrated a children’s book for pediatric cancer patients, currently used in the Hospital General de México Federico Gómez and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She studied Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has created numerous public art pieces celebrating and amplifying the experiences of people of color.
Celeste De Luna
Celeste De Luna is a painter/printmaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She received her MFA from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008. She has shown artwork in group exhibitions since 2007 in the various cities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, San Diego and Chicago. Additionally, De Luna’s work has been part of nationally and internationally exhibited printmaking portfolio projects. In 2013, her one person show “Nepantla: Art from the Four Corners of the Valley” at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas was part of the 2013 Texas Biennial
Chloe is an urban planner, sociologist, social advocate, and Director of Real Estate Development for the Brownsville Community Development Corporation. She offers technical assistance to understanding the City of Brownsville’s permitting processes, advises on policy recommendations, and strategizes with Taller de Permiso for just economic development in the Buena Vida neighborhood.
Community Engagement Strategist
Hilda is the Director and Founder of the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center, and the Community Services Director of the Housing Authority for the City of Brownsville. Hilda assists Taller de Permiso in community outreach, community recruitment for youth and entrepreneur programming, public events, and resident led arts interventions.
Industry Specific Business Incubation Instructor
Veronica is a food sovereignty advocate, the Executive Director of the Brownsville Wellness Coalition, Founder of Cocina Alegre, and manager of the Brownsville Farmer’s Market. Veronica co-designed and will teach curriculum for food specialized small business incubation classes, and will assist in management of the Taller de Permiso Mercadito.
Linda is the Center Manager of the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center (ECC) of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Through the ECC, Linda facilitates small business incubation courses for residents of the Buena Vida neighborhood, and provides program development assistance for Taller de Permiso.
Choice Neighborhood Planning Support
Carla is CEO for the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB). Under her leadership, the HACB was awarded a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant for the Buena Vida neighborhood, and positioned residents as valuable leaders in shaping their neighborhood’s future. Carla extends Choice Neighborhood’s community engagement and leadership structure to support Taller de Permiso initiatives.
Economic Advisor, Resource Partner, and Fiscal Sponsor
Traci has served as President and CEO of the United Way of Southern Cameron County since 1996, after a sixteen year career in banking. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Brownsville Economic Development Council and United Brownsville. Traci advises on economic development, financial sustainability, and fiscal oversight for Taller de Permiso.
National Public Interest Design Advisory Committee: Project Evaluation Consultant
Lynn is an urban planner, researcher, and Founder of Go Collaborative. She has presented on Creative Placemaking Evaluation for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a 2014 recipient of Artplace America. For Lynn guides research, evaluation, and the development of theory of change for Taller de Permiso, and devices metrics to hep understand how the project instills increased civic agency.
National Public Interest Design Advisory Committee: Cooperative Decision Making and Creative Placemaking Consultant
Lori is an activist, educator, and co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Incubated through MIT’s CoLab, Design Studio for Social Intervention partnered with the Fairmount Cultural Corridor on the implementation of their 2014 Artplace America grant. Lori advises Las Imaginistas on social engagement strategies and the successful deployment of social justice tools.