Rev. Janet McKeithen, Blase & Theresa Bonpane, Andy Manoff

Sandra & Ulis Williams, Frank, Jane & Emily Dorrel 


Invite You To



 A Night of Beauty to Support ImaginAction's Local & Global Projects



Hector Aristizabal 


A Celebration of Life & Transformation Through 

Art, Music, Theater, Storytelling & Life Drawing...


Saturday, March 3rd - 6:30 PM 

At The 

Church In Ocean Park

235 Hill Street, Santa Monica 90405  



Appetizers - Thai Dinner - Delicious Homemade Desserts

The Evening Will End with Live Music & Dancing


Tickets Are $25 - $15 For Students


Reservations Call:  <tel:310-345-4883> 310-345-4883 


Or Send Checks to:


788 East Sierra Madre Blvd. 

Sierra Madre, CA 91024 


For More Information: - 310-345-4883 or



Opening & closing rituals to give you a taste of ImaginAction's
methodologies & working philosophy on creating sudden villages.

10 minute video showing ImaginAction's many projects around the world. 


A Few of ImaginAction's Projects...

Working with leaders of the internally displaced population (the largest in
the world) in Colombia.

Ongoing work with youth impacted by the in/justice system in Los Angeles.

Channeling the stories of  survivors with theatre at the Program for Torture
Victims (PTV).

Ongoing work in Palestine, especially with the Freedom Theatre in Jenin.

Work with environmental groups in Hong Kong, Beijing and Lanzhou, China.

Creating Street Theatre Performance/Vigil with giant puppets to support the
SOAWatch in their efforts 

to close the SOA/WHINSEC to change the paradigm of militarism.




School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), The Program for Torture Victims (PTV),
Office of the Americas (OOA), 

Palisadians for Peace, Topanga Peace Alliance, Interfaith Communities United
for Justice & Peace (ICUJP), Addicted To War  


ImaginAction ~ Arts & Activism For a Better World:


Creative Director of ImaginAction 

Hector Aristizabal  


Hector Aristizábal was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia when it was the
most dangerous city in the world. One of his brothers was seduced by the
power of crack cocaine and another by the promises of revolutionary armed
struggle. Hector’s path was different. He worked his way out of poverty to
become a theatre artist and pioneering psychologist with a Masters degree
from Antioquia University, then survived civil war, arrest and torture at
the hands of the US-supported military. In 1989, violence and death threats
forced him to leave his homeland. In exile, Hector struggled to overcome his
rage and desire for vengeance and to channel these energies instead into
constructive social action.

Since arriving in the US, he has won acclaim and awards as an artist and
also received a second Masters degree, in Marriage and Family Therapy from
Pacific Oaks College, leading him to combine his training in psychology and
the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work
with torture and trauma survivors, incarcerated youth, immigrant families,
and people affected by HIV/AIDS. As an activist, he uses theatrical
performance as part of the movement to end torture and to change US policy
in Latin America.

He founded ImaginAction to help people tap the transformative power of
theatre in programs throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and around the
world, as far afield as Afghanistan, India, and Palestine, for community
building and reconciliation, strategizing, and individual healing and
liberation. Through experiential workshops, theater performances and other
creative events, ImaginAction invites participants to explore embodied
knowledge, challenge the inevitability of violence, and use their
imaginations for a more just and joyous life for all people.

He also serves on the core council of the Colombia Peace Project-LA and on
the boards of the Program for Torture Victims and of Pedagogy and Theatre of
the Oppressed, a global forum for social justice based on the ideas of Paulo
Freire and Augusto Boal.

He is co-author of:
1716/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281722430&sr=8-1> The Blessing Next to
the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation.


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