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Ground-breaking gathering of Juárez collectives using visual art, music, film, dance, and more to change their city and their world.
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The second annual Conectarte conference in Ciudad Juárez will bring together more than 100 young artists from across the city who are using art as a vehicle to understand and impact their world. This year's theme, Art in Dialog with the City, will look at the broad range of ways in which artists use the city as subject, backdrop, context and catalyst - in mediums as diverse as rap, murals, graphic design, film, dance and more. 

In recent years Juárez has become one of the most violent cities in the world, with a murder rate reaching in 2010 to 271.89 per 100 thousand inhabitants. More than 10,000 people have been murdered since 2008, and the violence and surrounding insecurity have pushed thousands more to abandon the city, close businesses, and retreat from the city streets. 

This is the setting in which the young artists and activists involved in Concetarte  are using art to change their world.  For the second year in a row, the Conectarte conference creates a creative space in which young artists can present their artwork, engage in critical conversations, strengthen existing networks, form new alliances, define collective challenges and construct collective dreams. 

This year the conference benefits from the professional guidance and organizational support of the Instituto de Arte, Diseño y Arquitectura de la Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso and Colegio de la Frontera Norte.  Additional economic support provided by Instituto Chihuahuense de la Cultura.  Your generous sponsorship will allow us to fund technology and other support materials for the conference, performances and exhibition of artwork, for printing and distribution of conference materials, and for photo and video documentation of events. 

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    2012 Edition Conectarte sticker designed by Juárez-based Colectivo Jellyfish (http://www.graphiclust.com/colectivo-jellyfish)

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    2012 Edition Conectarte screen-printed poster designed by Juárez-based Colectivo Jellyfish (http://www.graphiclust.com/colectivo-jellyfish)

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    Signed and numbered copy of "In and Of Cities", by Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo. Cynthia will present on that theme at this year's CONECTARTE. In and "Of and In Cities" is a book that presents her urban photography artwork from 2007 to the present contextualized with my extended artist statement as well as essays by Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Christina Ray, and Estefanía Sokoloff. This book was printed in an edition of 200 and each copy is numbered and signed http://www.cynthialawson.com/site/?p=198

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    One-of-a-kind screen-printed poster based on Conectarte 2012 identity, hand made by David Flores of Juárez collective REZIZTE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE4oNutTdHc)

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