We are excited to announce that C4 Atlanta has welcomed a new member to our team. Meet Sara Montijo! Sara joins the C4 Atlanta team as our new Program Assistant. Get to know our newest addition to the C4 Action Team below:
Tell us about your education!
I graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where I received an Honor’s BA. At Gallatin you don’t just go to class, write a paper, get a grade. You craft an argument wielded by curiosity. You sign up for whatever classes on whatever topics interest you. You aren’t expected to know why, you just follow some innate urge to understand. Prior to graduation, it’s required to put your class choices, urges, and ideas (however expansive, however conflicting) into coherent conversation. You make a text list, sit at a roundtable for a few hours with faculty, and argue a rationale of study while they quiz and prod you into enlightenment. Something like that.
I positioned philosophical questions about agency around possibility for healing and resistance to hegemonic formulations. I combined coursework in political science, history, creative writing, and media studies, wrote poems, studied abroad in Buenos Aires, helped lead a poetry club, and received grant funding for postgraduate exploration in multimedia storytelling. I arrived at agency—which I understand as our individual and collective ability to imagine and to make choices about our life and lives—as a starting point after realizing how much I still had to unpack regarding my father’s suicide, which happened when I was eight.
I’d also like to celebrate non-traditional education modalities:
I have learned from the service industry—how to be calm, how to be quick, how to ask questions, how to notice, how to think ahead and prioritize, how to describe complex flavors simply, how to connect. I learn everyday from the everyday. From the wind! I’m learning from repetitions of the mundane and the transcendent to enjoy life-as-process, life-as-journey. Also, my sisters!
Where are you originally from and why are you in Atlanta (if you aren’t originally from here)?
I’m from Tucson, Arizona. Grew up at the base of the Catalina Mountains. Here in Atlanta due to a confluence of factors. Mainly, there’s a point around the near-decade mark living in NYC where you start to crave fresh air and quiet, living alone or nearby family, where you start to imagine that beginning again is more challenging, and possibly more rewarding, than staying.
What is your favorite food?
I love this question because I used to be a fabulously picky eater. Now, it’d probably be easier to give a direct answer to what foods I don’t like.
But! for favorites… I like food that satisfies, preferably food that’s been made with love and care and time and food that’s sharable. Mmmm so many international food favorites! Food that’s made (and packaged) in sustainably friendly ways is also a turn on.
Maduros is one of the foods I will never turn down.
Clarice Lispector, Anne Carson, James Baldwin.
Marina Abramovic, Agnes Varda, Lola Arias.
Billie Holiday, Bon Iver, Ani DiFranco.
Mary Lacy, Rhys Tivey, Elena Mudd.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.
If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is;
nor how valuable it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,
to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly
of the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.
A Letter to Agnes DeMille : Martha Graham
Dogs or Cats?
That’s Charlie (orange) and Jetson (black) and me (8?). We snugs together. And have our own lil language. Jetson chews cords for a living, and is ultra assertive. Charlie was a Brooklyn stray who would scurry under the bed/couch as a kitten totally afraid of everything. I’m the person who dug him out and held him til he purred. He’s now a charming lil lap cat who has learned it is very effective to wake me up in the morning by pawing my face.
What is C4 doing in 5 years?
Fiscally sponsoring the opening of my bookstore/cafe/venue! No. But. Really.
I think it’s pretty weird how often I dream about lightning, about being the cloud out of which the bolt begins.