Calling all artists! We are looking for submissions to fill our gallery up with artful stories, images, media, and performances! We invite you….

UxI: III “Keep Pushin'” envisions Hip-Hop as our thread from Urban to Indigenous. Throughout hxstory, marginalized peoples have always produced culture as a means to uplift and resist. Art invites the oppressed to imagine the world beyond what is and envision what can be. As UxI enters its third year, we continue to seek what pushes us to create in times of socio-political tension. How have movements created by people of color, particularly Hip Hop, strengthened us? How do our artistic practices honor ancestral lineage and become expressions of bodymindspirit ? In a movement where expression is as diverse as those who practice it, how has Hip Hop become a subversive voice for the oppressed? Lastly, how do we use Hip Hop as a way of pushing societal and artistic boundaries?



i. who can submit

We appreciate creative works from anyone* who feels this connection to explore – the intersection of the indigenous and the urban; the discourse on injustice and intergenerational trauma through Hip Hop; & how Hip Hop can be a unifying thread of the oppressed. We hope you can encourage the greater community around you to submit as well. Though we are prioritizing visual and multimedia works, we are interested in all types of artistic submissions that speak to the theme of URBAN x INDIGENOUS: KEEP PUSHIN’

*(QT)POC artists especially of Asian, Pacific Islander, or Pilipinx descent are encouraged to apply. You may choose to submit anonymously as well.

ii. what to submit

Calling for submissions of any medium – from prose to poetry to photography to artwork and performance:

Literature by email attachment (pdf format)
Visual prints/slides by email attachment (at least 300 dpi).
Installation by email attachment of proposal, dimensions, images and materials list
Film/Animation by avi format (10 min max)
Performance* by email attachment

*please provide a short description of your performance piece (300 words max) and relevant media that will be used:

POEM : mp3 recording & pdf of poem
DANCE : mp3 of track (title & artist) & video
SONG/MUSIC : mp3 recording & pdf of lyrics

iii. how to submit

1. Send one e-mail per submission to

2. Format the subject line as follows: Last Name – First Name – Title of Piece – Medium (e.g., poetry, prose, visual, etc.) ex: Dizon – Sammay – Keep Pushin’ – Performance Installation

3. Please include the following information: * Name, Email, Phone, Mailing Address

* Type of piece / medium used / dimensions
* Brief 50-word artist biography
* For anonymous submissions, please include an asterisk (*) next to your name.
* Any additional info about your piece
* If you are available to install/take down on June 11th?
* If you are not able to install/take down, how will we receive your piece?


Send in your submissions!
One Love,


UxI Hatchfund Campaign Launch Party

SALAMAT/THANK YOU to everyone who came through for UxI Hatchfund Campaign Launch Party!!! Familiar faces and new… the energy was off the chain and the food/drank was deliciouuuus to the body! Thank you for filling the room with your bright, beautiful, and powerful presence.

The night opened up with M’nai Terry Teresita Cataag Bautista sharing an invocation and inviting us to recall our hxstories as Pilipinxs and migrant people – journeying through the waters on our bangka, becoming the bridge to our ancestors and this world.

We got the first sneak peak preview excerpt of spoken word artist/emcee Jean Teodoro aka J.Theo’s new piece “Salugpongan to San Francisco” – giving a very personal account of the atrocities in Mindanao, showing the parallels of displacement both here in Oakland/SF and the Southern Philippines.

Next, we introduced the UxI Dream Team – Samantha Curl (Curatorial Coordinator), Lauren Benetua (Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator), Monica Ponce (Outreach & Development Coordinator), and Baltazar Jonnel Dasalla (Assistant Producer). I, of course, gave my most vivid recallings of our first encounters and how this dream team came to be… each individual bringing their own unique talents with a united fervor for the work.

We had a special performance of “Black vs. Blue” from performing artist Spulu Simote-Motumanu Pulu – reminding us of the importance of artivism and the potency of our collective disdain to the industrial complex… integrating his urban x indigenous movement qualities to tell a story we can all relate to in some wayshapeform, an injustice this society is plagued by.

Samantha Curl presented the UxI Community Art Piece she created specifically for the event – folks where invited to respond to the question “Remember Our Place?” in whichever way felt most appropriate/resonating – reminiscent nostalgia and/or stern political standpoint… thank you again, Sam!!!

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners – Jonathan Michael Mercado, Solitaire Triz Mana-ay Miguel, Ed, and M’nai Terry! We hope you enjoy your gifts from the homeland.

Deep gratitude and just so, so, so much love to Love Cruz and the Bissap Baobab Oakland team (Sarah, Malik, and Fatou) for showing us the utmost love and hospitality throughout the night. You are UxI familia forever!!! And we will be back… smile emoticon

Stay tuned for photos/videos from the night and don’t forget to follow our Urban x Indigenous community page for more info on our Hatchfund Campaign… launching soon!!!

S A M M A Y x