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Finding Aid for the VIVA Records 1970-2000
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: VIVA Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2000
    Collection number: 22
    Creator: VIVA
    Extent: 21 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: VIVA, Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists, was a non-profit arts agency founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting the creative and artistic talent of Lesbians, Gays, Latina and Latino artists and their culture. Based in Los Angeles, VIVA was formally designed to create a coalition who would advocate against the lack of representation in Los Angeles of artists from these communities. This collection primarily consists of papers related to the administration, events, exhibitions, performances, projects, outreach, art and publications of VIVA. The collection includes photographs, negatives, transparencies, artwork, papers, t-shirts, catalogs and printed materials.



    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt796nd4d9/
    Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], VIVA Records, 22, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated by Stacy Macias in 2005.

    Processing History

    Processed by Robb Hernandez, 2007-2009
    This collection was processed by Robb Hernandez between 2007-2009. Additions 2015.

    Biography

    VIVA was a non-profit arts agency founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting the creative and artistic talent of lesbians, gays, Latina and Latino artists and their culture. VIVA was formally designed to create a coalition who would advocate against the lack of representation in Los Angeles of artists from these communities. Based in Los Angeles, the organization was formed by a group of lesbian Latinas and gay Latino artists in the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles including Roland Palencia, Mike Moreno, Luis Alfaro, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and Aleida Rodriguez. The organization also worked with other organizations and presses such as the Gay and Lesbian Services Center, La Opinion, Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU), Lesbianas Unidas, Bienestar, and Tongues to help bring visibility to VIVA. It in turn provided visibility to artists through discussions, production and presentation of art, and the development of artists through educational, scholarship and presentational opportunities. VIVA also used art to address issues of cultural and sociopolitical concern through exhibitions, performances and collaborative projects with programs such as the Minority AIDS Project. Created in 1992, Chicks and Salsa became the organization's most successful annual event. This multi-media performance promoted Latina Lesbian artists and was developed in collaboration with the organization ASTRAEA, National Lesbian Action. In 1993, VIVA was the winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's GLAAD/LA Outstanding Community Service Award. Tongues took over VIVA in 2000; although Tongues used VIVA's 501(c)3 and identified itself as a VIVA project, VIVA had essentially ended.

    Scope and Content

    This collection spans the 1970s through the 2000s with the bulk of the materials ranging from 1985 to 1999. The collection contains photographs, negatives, transparencies, artwork, papers, catalogs and printed materials. Event files contain materials related to exhibitions, performances, readings, and organizational events, as well as outreach activities including VIVA's participation at the Sunset Junction Street Fair. Project files document the organization's programming including Teatro VIVA, the Gay Men of Color Consortium (GMOCC), and collaborative projects with the Department of Health Services AIDS Program. The Art/Artwork files include correspondence with artists, promotional materials regarding exhibitions and performances, clippings, announcements, photographs, sketches and watercolors. VIVA artists included Luis Alfaro, Alberto "Beto" Araiza, Cyclona, Dyan Garza, Jef Huereque, Monica Palacios, Miguel Angel Reyes, Aleida Rodriguez, Teddy Sandoval, and Joey Terrill, among others.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Events
    • Series 2. Art / Artwork
    • Series 3. Projects
    • Series 4. Publications
    • Series 5. Administrative Files
    • Series 6. Miscellaneous

    Related Material

    Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) Records
    Lesbianas Unidas Records
    The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta - Cyclona Collection 1962 - 2002
    The Laura Aguilar Collection [ca. 1988-2003]
    The The Gronk Papers 1969-2007

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    VIVA
    Gay artists
    Gay Latina/o artists
    Latina artists
    Latino artists
    Lesbian artists