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Christina Patiño Houle

Las Imaginistas
Christina Patino Houle is a socially engaged artist who practices Arte Útil. She lives and works along the US/ Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. Patino Houle holds an MFA from Columbia University and an EdM from Harvard University. Patiño-Houle has trained in movement and theatrical improvisation, creative placemaking, participatory action research and media activism. She is a co-founder and co-director of Las Imaginistas, a Latinx art collective working for social change, the Network Weaver for the Equal Voice Network, a coalition of nonprofits working to protect the rights of immigrants, and a steering committee member of the Southern Borders Community Coalition, a group advocating for border policies that are fair, accountable and respect human rights.

Patiño-Houle’s work has been seen at Movement Research’s WIP and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Her collective, Las Imaginistas, have been awarded a Fellowship with a Blade of Grass and are grantees of the ArtPlace America National Creative Placemaking Fund. She is the co-recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant and Andy Warhol Foundation / Diverse Works Idea Fund Grant. As a producer and educator Patiño-Houle has worked with Creative Time, Urban Reviewer/ 596 Acres, the Center for Urban Pedagogy and buidingcommunityWORKSHOP. Her writing on the work of Las Imaginistas will be published in the forthcoming edition of Shelterforce.