Scope and Content
Title: VIVA Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1985-1995
Collection number: 22
20 linear feet
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection primarily consists of papers
related to the administration, events, exhibitions, performances,
projects, outreach, project, art and publications of VIVA!, an
organization founded to promote Lesbian Latina and Gay Latino artists
and their culture. The collection contains photographs, negatives,
transparencies, artwork, papers, t-shirts, catalogs and printed
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Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], VIVA Papers, 22, Chicano Studies Research
Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.
VIVA!, Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists, was a non-profit arts agency
founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting the creative and artistic
talent of Lesbian Latinas and Gay Latinos and their culture. VIVA was
formally designed to create a coalition of Lesbians and Gay, Latinos and
Latinas and artists who would advocate against the lack of
representation in Los Angeles of artists from these
Based in Los Angeles, the organization was formed
by a group of Lesbian Latinas and Gay Latino artists in the Silver Lake
community including Roland Palencia, Mike Moreno, Luis Alfaro, Marcus
Kuiland-Nazario and Aleida Rodriguez. The organization also worked with
other organizations and presses such as the Gay and Lesbian Services
Center, "La Opinion" as well as Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) to
help bring visibility to VIVA!
The organization provided
visibility to artists through discussion, production and presentation of
art, and the development of artists through educational, scholarship and
presentational opportunities. In addition, VIVA! also used art to
address issues of cultural and social-political concern through
exhibitions, performances and projects such as collaboration with
programs such as the Minority AIDS Project. Created in 1992, Chicks and
Salsa became the organization's most successful annual event. This event
was a multi-media performance which promoted Latina Lesbian artists and
was developed in collaboration with to organization ASTRAEA, National
Lesbian Action. In 1993, VIVA! was the winner of the GLAAD/LA
Outstanding Community Service Award. By the mid-1990s, the
organization's membership reached approximately 2000. The organizations
dissolved in the late 1990s.
Scope and Content
The collection spans the time period between the 1970's and the 2000s
with the bulk of the materials ranging from 1985 to 1999. The collection
contains photographs, negatives, transparencies, artwork, papers,
catalogues and printed materials. These materials have been organized
into the following categories: Administrative, Events, Projects,
Art/Artwork, Publications and Miscellaneous.
The Administrative files contains administrative papers including
correspondence, business and financial records, minutes, planning notes
and board materials.
The Events files contain materials related to exhibitions, performances,
readings, organizational events as well as outreach activities such as
participation at the Sunset Junction Street Fair.
The Project files contains materials related to programs within VIVA
such as Teatro VIVA or the Gay Men of Color Consortium (GMOCC) as well
as projects which in which VIVA participated or supported such as The
Department of Health Services AIDS Program.
The Art/Artwork files consists of materials related to art and artists
including correspondence with artists, promotional materials regarding
exhibitions or performances, clippings, announcements and photographs as
well as art cards, sketches and watercolors.
The Publication files consist of VIVA newsletters and journals including
galley and mock-ups of the publications as well as some publications
from other organizations.
The Miscellaneous files contain materials which do not directly involve
VIVA administration, projects or artists such as research materials.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Events
- Series 2. Art / Artwork
- Series 3. Projects
- Series 4. Publications
- Series 5. Administrative Papers
- Series 6. Miscellaneous
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gay Latina/o artists