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CBMArts Arts and Culture Conversations: East of East, BOOM California,The South El Monte Arts Posse and New Models for the Arts

A bi-weekly conversation series on the issues that matter with the people that matter to artists and the organizations that support them, CBMArts presents ‘Arts and Culture Conversations’.

East of East, BOOM California, The South El Monte Arts Posse and New Models for the Arts

A collaborative and collective history of greater L.A.’s radical past, East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers, 2020) arose from the efforts of the South El Monte Arts Posse and its creative approach to community building through the arts. Join a conversation with two of the founding members of SEMAP and hear about new ways of organizing and representing the arts and cultural history, and their journal BOOM California.


Romeo Guzman  received his PhD in Latin American history from Columbia University. In addition to research and writing about Mexican migration and Mexican-American, Guzmán has co-directed multi-year public humanities projects in the Central Valley and the San Gabriel Valley. He is an assistant professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Carribean Fragoza is an artist, writer, and journalist from South El Monte. She is a graduate of UCLA and CalArts MFA program. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, BOMB, Artnews, and KCET. She is the author of the short story collection Eat the Mouth that Feeds You (City Lights Publishers, 2021).


Jonathan T. D. Neil – Director, Center for Business and Management of the Arts (CBMArts) at Claremont Graduate University