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The Salinas Movement Project

The Salinas Movement Project (SMP) is a 35min live theatrical presentation that incorporates film, photography, spoken word, music, graphic design, animation, and interactive apps that create a unique experience. Developed as the first installment of many to come, The Salinas Movement Project (Vol.1) addresses issues that impact us both locally and nationally, such as; Police Brutality, School-to-prison-pipeline, and immigration reform. Written by Artists Ink Leaders, in Nov 2016 the first version of this production was performed in March 2017, and with the help of community feedback and dialogue, SMP had it’s first revised staged reading in May 2017. Now after over a year in the making, SMP is where it was always meant to be; in the hands of the youth. With performances at Alisal High School (serving approximately 350 students) and it’s premiere at the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts (Serving about 150) the students received peer and community feedback, and are eager to take the production and movement to the next level by continuing to collect and incorporate stories of our community that inspire positive action.

SMP Students

Emily Morales

Ingrid

Alisal High School Student

Carlos Cortez "Qiensave"

Alexis

Alisal High School Student

Eduardo Esparza

Maria

Alisal High School Student

Dante Carballo

Alisal High School Student

Daniel Ibarra

Cristal

Alisal High School Student

Andres Ortiz

Elizabeth

Alisal High School Student

About Us

Founded in 2013, Artists Ink’s mission has always been to develop impactful art/artists while honing youth voices and empowering them to take both their future and that of their communities into their own hands. Composed of Graphic designers, animators, directors, writers, performers and sound designers, Artists Ink is collaborative that encourages artists of all disciplines to come together and push the boundaries of traditional art and create work that builds community and inspires change.

Our Amazing Team


Emily Morales

As a Performing Artist, Writer and Director raised in the Salinas Valley, Emily Morales has been active in the arts for the past 16 years. As the founder of "Artists Ink", Emily has directed and produced projects such as; the feature film "A Tree in the Valley", and more recently, a women's project "Como La Tierra". Throughout her career Emily has had the privilege of working with great local companies such as El Teatro Campesino, The Western Stage, Alisal Center for Fine Arts, The National Steinbeck Center, CHISPA, the Arts Council for Monterey County and more. Presently, her energy and passion for the arts has become focused on cultivating art that moves and developing young artists with the strong belief in the power of art and its ability to break down barriers and bring communities together.

Carlos Cortez "Qiensave"

Carlos Cortez is a local multi disciplinary that has worked with El Teatro Campesino for Three seasons. He started at El Teatro in La Virgen del Tepeyac as El Fraile las Casas, Lupe in 7,8ight,9, and Bartolo in La Pastorela He has also appeared in various Western Stage productions such as Zootsuit, Luna, Mexican Christmas carol, September Shoes, Sunsets and Margaritas, Skin of our teeth, and many more. Carlos is also a singer songwriter for the band Qiensave his music can be found on line.

Eduardo Esparza

Eduardo Esparza, battle born then raised in Salinas; Eduardo attended and graduated from Alisal High School then later received his Associates Degree in Arts at Hartnell College soon after took his talents to both California State University of Los Angeles and Long Beach where his artistic talents took him to new heights in advancing his already fluent expertise in illustrative creativity. Having taken a break from acting not to mention away from theater -until recently taking part in its new play The Valley of the Heart by Luis Valdez and Mi Abuelito Fue Brazero by Luis ‘Xago’ Juarez- he was blessed to get the opportunity to continue his education at CSUMB where he has talents evolved into Graphic Design and majoring in Communication Design. Overall he's found he's grown into an orgullo multifaceted-apprentice of the arts, not to mention all in all coming from a gifted area of the country I love to call my home, East Salinas.

Dante Carballo

Dante is a multi-talented artist, who has a background of over 10 years in theatrical and musical experience. His work is largely in underscoring music and sound editing. Dante studied musical composition at Hartnell College. He has been studying piano since the age of 11 and the guitar since the age 14. Dante has worked in various productions, performing and composing with companies such as, El Teatro Campesino, collaborating in the musical compositions of shows such "The Fascinatrix". He was the Musical Director for Watsonville High School's production of "Blood Wedding" and has performed for the "Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara". He also studied in Spain as a chef and is now a "Foods and Beverages Professional Associate". Dante is excited to take the next step in his diverse career, working with "Artists Ink." and contributing to his community with a project just as multi-dimensional as he is.

Daniel Ibarra

Daniel Ibarra is a life long resident of Salinas California. For the past 5 year he has pursued his interest in Graphic Design and has created logos, T-shirt designs, informational brochures, flyers and websites for different non-profit organizations, churches, and politicians in his community. He is an experienced drummer and is excited to share his love of the arts with a younger generation. Currently he is a Computer Science student at California State University Monterey Bay and is a freelance Web Design and Graphic Design artist.

Andres Ortiz

Emily Morales

Emily Morales

Performing Arts and Creative Writing

Carlos Cortez "Qiensave"

Carlos Cortez "Qiensave"

Performing Arts, Film and Music

Eduardo Esparza

Eduardo Esparza

Graphic Design

Dante Carballo

Dante Carballo

Music, Audio Engineer

Daniel Ibarra

Daniel Ibarra

Web Design, Development

Andres Ortiz

Andres Ortiz

Creative Writing

We are always searching for artists to collaborate with and help provide them with exposure, support, and the resources to share their art and inspires our community.

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A tree in the valley

A Tree in the Valley

como la tierra

Como La Tierra

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