Taller de Permiso is a multi-year campaign using performance, design and public interventions to demystify municipal permitting processes for micro economies in the low-income, immigrant neighborhood of Buena Vida in the border town, Brownsville, Texas. The campaign uses art as a tool to diversify sustainable economic opportunities, bridge municipal leadership with historically marginalized communities and amplify the cultural assets of the region by celebrating the regional traditions and cultural heritage of the immigrant community.
Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle works as a socially engaged and time based media artist in the Rio Grande Valley along the US/ Mexico border. Her work places special emphasis on issues of equity, decolonization of the imagination and productive fictions. Houle works collaboratively with communities to build bridges and shift realities. Houle is the co-founder and co-director of the socially engaged art collective Las Imaginistas.