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Introducing: CO2

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

CO2 performing at this year’s EPA Community Celebration and Mural Unveiling

CO2 is a girls only band that grew out of youth work to bring an Art and Music Center to East Palo Alto. The band practices once a week in the Live In Peace studio, and performs regularly in East Palo Alto. Rosamia Morales-Valdez states, “I love playing drums in CO2 because the drums love me just the way I am. I relax and am learning to feel more comfortable performing in front of other people.” Other members include Susan Vunga (piano), Ketzalzin Cruz (bass), and Tameira Woods (vocals and eukelele).

Left to right: Susan, Ketzalzin, Rosamia, and Tameira

More on TMP San Francisco!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

While we all enjoyed our Wednesday July 4th holiday, there was no stopping our TMP San Francisco group from coming the next day with some great holiday stories, and, more importantly, some fantastic ideas involving voice.

Sparked by the controversial documentary “American Blackout” directed by Ian Inaba, our SF students explored how democracy is meant to empower and give agency to American people. The documentary covered the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections; the ways in which the voice of the people may have been ignored by government officials and people of congress during these elections; and how outrage, collaboration, and knowledge of their rights are extremely powerful elements when getting their voices heard. Needless to say, the film created a long conversation between staff and students revolving around how our voices alone may be ignored, but by collaborating with others and using creative venues to speak our minds, we can overcome injustices we may face. During Tuesday’s share out, Student Kian Randall wrote the following in response to “American Blackout”:

Through the eyes
of us all
As our heart
begin to fall
their tryna tell
us lies
try to take away
our rights
So we have
to fight
let the rain
wash away
the pain
the bloodshed in
our tears
so that we can
no longer fear
take action
Express your passion
No more good bye’s
a more hi’s
Come together
So we can make
things better.”

Thursday was also a huge milestone for our SF group. Yesterday, we were able to break up into our respective cohorts (visual arts, dance, and hip hop) and begin brainstorming for images, dance moves, and lyrics discussing voice! Our share out at the end of our Thursday class was amazing. The hip hop cohort’s share out included many students who were completely new to rapping; however, students like Toni Zachary, TMP veteran Jessie Tapafua, and new TMP student Trevor Kelly, all stepped up to the plate and came up with some impressive bars for the share out.

(Click below for a video of the share out and the students’ lyrics)

“What’s Your Vision of Success?” Hip Hop Cohort, TMP 2012

There are some truly amazing things coming and we can not wait to see what is in store for next week!


Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


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"Mind Elevation"

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

mind elevation

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"Lady Liberty"

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

lady liberty

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