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Finding Aid for the VIVA Papers 1985-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: VIVA Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1995
    Collection number: 22
    Creator: VIVA
    Extent: 20 linear feet
    Repository: 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 materials.

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    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: SRLF 5688297
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [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 communities.

    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

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Gay artists
    Gay Latina/o artists
    Latina artists
    Latino artists
    Lesbian artists