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Adaptation, Resilience, and Community: Lessons from the Mariachi Musicians of Mexico

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It’s not only in classrooms that lives have been disrupted and people have had to adapt. In this talk, Rubén Salgado Escudero shares his experiences photographing the Mariachi musicians of Mexico City whose livelihood has been threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaborating with the musicians and an NGO, a plan was developed to support and protect them and their families. We invite teachers of English to join us for a session on the power of adaptation, resilience and building community in challenging times.


Rubén Salgado Escudero was born in Madrid, Spain. He lived in the United States throughout his teenage years, graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design and later lived 10 years in Berlin, Germany. In 2014 he began an on-going project ‘Solar Portraits’ which has gained support and has been published by National Geographic Magazine, Time, El Pais, Spiegel, and the United Nations. Rubén’s works have been exhibited and sold in over 20 cities across the world including New York, London, Tokyo and at the “Rencontres D’arles” festival in France. He is a member of ‘The Photo Society’, a community of National Geographic Magazine photographers. Rubén has taught in educational workshops internationally including New York, Tokyo, and Yangon. He has participated in portfolio reviews at various photography festivals including Les Rencontres d’Arles and the Angkor Photo Festival. As an experienced lecturer, Rubén has given a TedX Talk in Beijing, various talks worldwide for National Geographic Learning, as well as having given talks in many other venues such as Temple University Tokyo and the Sony Gallery in New York City.
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