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WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION CIRCA-Pintig’s 30th Anniversary Season [Chicago, IL]. In celebration of its 30th Anniversary season, the Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts (CIRCA)-Pintig, a community theatre and arts organization has organized a gathering to mark the World Human Rights Day and pay tribute to various human rights social movements in the US and the Philippines with a range of artistic and political work that encompass the themes of freedom, peace, and dignity within our communities

The event is taking place in person on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2-6 pm CST at the Seafood City Supermarket’s Market Mix Function Room, 5033 North Elston Avenue Chicago IL 60640. Tickets may be reserved here: https://bit.ly/cphumanrightsday


Vision:
We believe in the power of the arts for engaging community members in building and nurturing thriving communities that are fully empowered to determine their collective destinies. Our vision of a just and humane society rests upon our core belief that our communities can play a significant role and can contribute meaningfully towards upholding human rights for all and uplifting the human ideals that value life, freedom, justice and nurture individual human potentials to the fullest.

Mission: In the light of our vision, we will educate, mobilize, and organize community members, primarily immigrants and their families, through community arts-based and community-centered intergenerational programs and services.

The Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts – Pintig, or CIRCA-Pintig (CP) for short, is a 30-year Chicago-based organization whose mission is to engage community members in addressing critical needs of immigrant communities in creative, participatory and empowering ways. As its name underscores, CP’s mission is two-pronged. The Immigrant Resources (IR) focus is on providing much needed resources and services as well as access to these through grassroots activities and campaigns primarily for, from, and by immigrant communities. The Community Arts (CA) focus is on developing, nurturing and popularizing community arts aesthetic and pedagogy that speak of the immigrant experience within the changing multicultural American landscape as well as celebrating the histories and artistic legacies of America’s diverse cultural terrain through participatory art creation. Pintig is a Filipino term for “heartbeat” or “pulse”. CP’s almost three-decade practice and tradition were borne out of and honed through Pintig’s active cultural work since 1991. CP’s work may be summed up in three foundational principles – educate-organize-mobilize (E-O-M).

In the past, CP’s work has mostly focused on education and advocacy through community performances and workshops. However, the COVID19 pandemic has brought on new challenges to the communities that we have and continue to serve as well as to our community work itself. This has necessitated a shift in our priorities from advocacy alone to the urgency of adding direct services as well. Most recently for example, acting quickly to respond to emergency challenges of COVID19, CP started flexing its direct services muscles by starting with its own membership and outreach base by organizing the delivery of meal donations to ER frontliners as part of the “Meal Trains” and by sewing protective cloth masks for caregiving and support staff in a nursing home.

Hence, for the first time in its 30-year history, CP is boldly embarking on a new direction by adding direct service programs in its mission and focus. By leveraging its home-grown methods and infrastructures that have served CP’s education and advocacy programs in the past coupled with its active community work through the years, CP believes that it has a very strong foundation to take on projects that pertain to providing direct services to our communities and outreach.