CONTRA-TIEMPO seeks to change the way that artists exist and function within communities. For us, community engagement and artistic production are inextricably linked. We cannot exist outside of the communities that we inhabit. The experiences, cultural creations, and “we-stories” of our communities are the inspiration and motivation for our art making. And it is our duty as artists to share our creative power to help grow the creative and social power of our communities. 

CONTRA-TIEMPO believes that art and action are two sides of the same coin, as they both require the ability to imagine new possibilities and then create what does not yet exist. Both operate in the “in-between”. By engaging communities as participants and witnesses of arts experiences tied to their beautiful humanity, we endeavor to simultaneously awaken their sense of themselves as artists and as social change agents.