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Faces Behind LCAC with Bobby Lefebre

Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker fusing a non-traditional multi-hyphenated professional identity to imagine new realities, empower communities, advance arts and culture, and serve as an agent of provocation, transformation, equity, and social change.

What is the impact you’ve had in the community?

As a writer, performer, and cultural worker whose work is rooted in cultural practice and social justice, I understand all too well the ways traditional narratives of our peoples and our arts and culture are told through a narrow lens; a lens that that values dominant culture’s traditions, cannons, and artistic and cultural practices and renders anything that lives outside of that narrative as “other.” My impact in community has largely consisted of rewriting these outdated social norms and empowering people through art and culture to improve social conditions

What are you looking forward to the most about the future of LCAC?

I am excited to see LCAC center a pan-Latino approach to telling our stories and showcasing our cultures on our own terms.

Why is it vital for LCAC to exist?

Arts and culture are nothing more than a product of the societies that we construct. Arts and culture reflect the social agreements we set, and often times, who society decides to include and/or exclude, consciously or unconsciously, directly or indirectly, is dependent upon who society has deemed worthy of our time and attention. We cannot look at the current state of arts and culture in our communities, our cities, our states, or our nation without engaging in honest conversations about our country’s complicated, racist, patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist, and colonial histories, and how the effects of these historical injustices serve as the foundation for the development and maintenance of our nation’s current arts and culture institutions, policies, philanthropy, and practices. For these reasons, LCAC has the opportunity to be by community, for community, while breaking down all of the man-made borders we impose upon one another.

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