Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Monica Rojas (Seattle) is a Peruvian national dance champion in marinera limeña, artist, and doctor in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has conducted extensive research on the cultural traditions of the African descent population in Peru since 1985. She has contributed as a choreographer, cultural consultant, dance and music instructor, and guest artist in Peru to the Francisco Congo Black Movement, Center of Music and Dance of the Catholic University of Peru, Yuyachkani Cultural Group, Del Milenio Theatre Group and Centro de Desarrollo Étnico (CEDET) among others; and in the U.S. to the University of Oregon Dance Department, Oregon State University Music department, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division, Fremont Arts Council, Seattle Theatre Group, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Rainier Valley Youth Theatre, and diverse youth and adult educational programs. Monica seeks to help bridge local and global efforts to promote the cultural contribution of the African descent population in Peru and the African diaspora at large through art.

Monica received a 2012 GAP to cover artist fees, teaching and performance fees and other expenses such as costumes and printing marketing materials for the Seattle Atajo de Negritos. The Atajo de Negritos is an ancestral tradition particular to a small rural area in the southern coast of and practiced mostly by Afro-Peruvians.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.