Project History


In May 2008, Daniel and two members of the DNAWORKS family, Luisa Ines Garcia and Ismael Cruz Cordova, traveled to three communities in Oaxaca State, Mexico, under the auspices of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative and the US Embassy in Mexico City. They were invited to facilitate dialogue and collaborative art regarding police harassment and brutality, drug use and prevention, and the impact of mass immigration in the search for better jobs and wages.

Oaxaca City

In Oaxaca City, local Hip Hop activist Fuser and his community of artists discussed the history of Hip Hop, shared their skills – ranging from Rap and Emceeing to Breaking to tattooing, and collaborated with peers to begin creating interdisciplinary pieces. Together, the community identified issues and began brainstorming solutions, including writing to their government leaders.

Puerto Escondido

In Puerto Escondido, community leader Silvia Maria introduced DNAWORKS/HHTI to a group of five young leaders, as well as parents concerned about drug use and prevention in their city. In one day, these students came together to make posters about drug prevention for their schools' hallways and create a short theater piece about the coastal environment in which they are growing up and that they want to preserve.

José María Morelos

In José María Morelos, community leader Israel greeted DNAWORKS/HHTI in his rural town and introduced the team to parents and their children. Here the youth of Costa Chica centered their work around the long absences of family members searching for jobs in the North, and drug prevention. They did writing, improvisation, and visual art exercises that were shared with the older members of the community.

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