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Meet CA Cradle to Career Coalition Artist & Designer Joel “RageOne” Garcia

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Date: March 9, 2021 Author: Evelyn Shoop
Meet CA Cradle to Career Coalition Artist & Designer Joel “RageOne” Garcia

We are so proud to showcase the art and visual design of California artist and graphic designer Joel “RageOne” Garcia on the California Cradle to Career Coalition website. 

Check Out Joel’s Work & Upcoming Events: 

Follow Joel on Instagram: @rageone 

Artist Statement

The bear is a symbol of California and also the bear constellation (Ursa Major) is an important Indigenous symbol. We’ve just passed the winter solstice and in winter the bear hibernates and prepares for what’s to come–birth, growth, longer days, connection to the natural world outside of the den. In a way, the bear, the den, the cubs can be a symbol of the cradle to career journey for those we serve. We envision the bear constellation as a way to show interconnectedness and a symbolic map where we can overlay the names of the networked coalition members. We are excited about the beauty of this image and the fact that there is more to it that members of the coalition can share with others. When you come to the website, you can see the beauty, and as you get more involved, you can go deeper into the symbolism.

Cradle to Career Coalition Logo Symbolism

A “sikuli” or a God’s Eye (Ojo de Dios) is an interwoven diamond-shaped creation that originates in Wixaritari (Huichol) tradition, my Peoples. Sikulis are created as intentions/prayers for newborns to bless their development and the interlocking “sikulis” found in the logo for the California Cradle to Career Coalition reflect the intention of the coalition’s work to support families and young folks from their inception and along their journey towards a career.

About Joel: 

Joel Garcia (Huichol) is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer with 20+ years of experience working transnationally focusing on community-centered strategies. His approach is rooted in Indigenous-based forms of dialoguing and decision-making (non-hierarchical) that uplifts non-institutional expertise. Joel uses art and organizing to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, inner-city youth, and other targeted populations. As an artist, he uses printmaking to explore masculinity through Indigenous perspectives through his project “Tatewari,” as well as other social justice issues with his work garnering national press in publications such as the LA Times, NY Times, and Artforum among others.

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