Or mail a check made out to Asheville Writers in the Schools
to PO Box 1508, Asheville, NC
28802 and put Coco's name in the memo line!
Cocó's art, music and writing have been exhibited and publicized in
galleries in the United States and South America. Her passion for social justice
comes from understanding that the experiences that shape our humanity as well as
our disconnection from it, result from the macrocosms of systemic oppression pedagogy, translated in the microcosms of the interpersonal and personal.
Cocó studied healing arts, philosophy, music and visual arts at the New
Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Berklee College of Music and Evergreen State
College. Her work engaging community as an educator, as well as in one on one
work with individuals is strongly based in the pedagogy of Paulo Freire's Popular
Education and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The analysis and praxis of Paulo Freire is
a life commitment and blueprint both for her professional and personal life. The
approach she brings is a merging of Popular Education, creative expression in all
forms, advocacy for intersectionality in social justice, and somatic awareness –as a
tools for self actualization and transformation both in a collective as well as
individual level. She has worked with various targeted groups in Latin America of all
ages, and with different non-profits and educational institutions on an international
and national level.
Cocó is currently the Co-Director of CIMA, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción, as well as an educator with Word On The Street/ La Voz de los Jóvenes and Raices.