Baktun12 is an East Salinas theater and media arts organization committed to the cultivation of oral histories and community actions that empower working families throughout the Salinas Valley and beyond.
Blog03, A Community Burial at City Hallby Alexis Casas - June 3, 2021
“Like the calm before the storm…”
Photos by Elizabeth Atilano
It was 4pm on Tuesday May 25th, 2021; the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Like the calm before the storm, members of Baktun12, MILPA, and the Salinas community gathered in a circulo preparing for the events about to unfold; a call to action as the Salinas City Council met to discuss the budget. The call: fund the community, defund the police.Continue Reading HERE
B12 Live! Ep.6May 21, 2021
Broadcasted LIVE! from an undisclosed location. Thank you to all the artists, @eme7, @qiensave, Carolina Perez and Cristal A Gonzalez, Mujeres en Accion, Dj Roco, and Diana Carrasco. This episode was produced by Nate Eramaa.
B12 Live! Ep.4November 6, 2020
Part 3 of our 3 part series on housing, episode 4 is a call to action for all. Listen to the last installment of La Cortina de la Lechuga. Written and directed by Cristal Avila Gonzalez. Noelia Verwolf of Vivienda Para Todxs, and the continuation of the Ballad of Don Jose. Housing Advocate leader Matt Huerta, and a performance by Alejandro Gomez 'Flaco el Jandro'.
B12 Live! Ep.3August 28, 2020
Featuring the Monterey County Black and Brown Solidarity Coalition (@MCSC831), Ms. Carla Gonzáles, and Pastor Artis Smith. The Baktun12 teatristas with a continuation of La Cortina de la Lechuga written by Cristal Avila Gonzalez. An interview with Vivendas Para Todxs' (@VPT_Salinas) very own Victoria Kassandra Moreno Negrete Verwolf and spoken word form @VPT_Salinas and Agents of Change (@agentsofchange831) Samantha Varela.
B12 Live!April 10, 2020
Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Baktun12 comes together to bring you the voices of our partners and community, in the form of spoken word and audio theatre.
Listen to Episode 1 and 2
on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, or here.
Teatro / Theatre
An East Salinas take on the Charles Dickens Classic that follows a young homie pipelined into a life of violence and criminalization.
Written by Luis xago Juarez and directed by Kinan Valdez, this staged reading was presented at MACLA in San Jose, in partnership with Louise J. Miranda Ramirez and the Esselen Nation of Monterey County telling a story inspired by Louise and the tribe’s struggle to uphold their culture and identity after two hundred and thirty years of colonization.
A theatrical depiction of a farm worker who leaves his hometown of Los Altos, Michoacán, Mexico for the Salinas Valley to labor under a program that was only supposed to last till the end of WWII but continued till long after.
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