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Sarah Rafael García is an author, community educator, and performance ethnographer born in Brownsville, Tejas and raised in Santa Ana, California. First generation everything...
As a child of immigrants and first-generation graduate, she has over 13 years of experience as an Arts Leader in OC and received over $100K in grants for her art projects. She’s the founder of Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studio — all art programs initiated as a response to build cultural relevance and equity for BIPOC folks in her community. As of 2020, her community projects collectively established the LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC).
In 2010 Congressman Lou Correa honored her with the “Women Making a Difference” award and in 2011 she was awarded for “Outstanding Contributions to Education,” by the OC Department of Education. She obtained a M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a cognate in Media Studies in May 2015. In 2016, García was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales multi-media exhibition, which was supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2018, she was honored as an Emerging Artist at the 19th Annual OC Arts Awards. In 2019, she was recognized as an inaugural ASU Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow, and recipient of the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts-Project Row Houses Fellowship. Over the last two years, she served as a California Arts Council (CAC) panelist, managed over $6M in arts education funding and co-wrote the new CAC Individual Artist Fellowship Grants as an arts program specialist.
Currently, she splits her time writing and implementing Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) strategic framework for art spaces, teaching Ethnofiction for Contemporary Narratives, and developing an archival ethnofiction project for the life of Modesta Avila as a 2020 USLDH Mellon-Funded Grantee — she gives credit to her parents’ GED education and the migrant labor that brought her grandparents to the US as the source of her perseverance and foundation to her accomplishments.