Xochitl Rodriguez is a post-disciplinary artist who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 2009, she accepted an invitation from Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck and artist Kama Wangdi to serve as Bhutan’s first artist in residence. For more than a year, she was the only visitor to ever live adjacent to the country’s government housing complex where she spurred community engagement through public art programming for youth. In 2011, Xochitl moved to the middle of America and was a resident in the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, MO. In 2012, family called Xochitl home and she founded the Caldo Collective, a 501c3 non-profit just months after the birth of her daughter. In 2016, in response to the xenophobia, sexism and racism that threatened her community in a newly horrific way Xochitl simultaneously organized Boundless Across Borders- a womxn’s march on the border and Braiding Borders|Trenzando Fronteras-an action that brought 52 women from both sides of the border together to braid their hair together to form a human chain across the international boundary in El Paso/Cd. Juarez. The action caught the world’s attention as it circulated among global protests against the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.
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