Poet Gerda Govine Ituarte
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"Writing poetry allows my reservoir of memories and observations to flow freely and bring comfort and joy. I reflect, illuminate and connect with others using words to create a sense of place. I am in love with words that anchor, touch and nourish my spirit and soul," says poet Gerda Govine Ituarte.
Gerda Govine Ituarte, Ed.D., poet, art curator, columnist and CEO of G. Govine Consulting, was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and emigrated to New York City in the mid 50's and California in the early 80's. She lives with her artist husband Luis in Pasadena and Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.
Dr. Govine Ituarte writes, "As We Speak," a column for the Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal and is a guest writer for The Pasadena Weekly newspaper. She graduated from Teachers College Columbia University with an M.A. and Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education, Administration and Research. She earned a B.S. and an M.A. in Business Education from New York University. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in 2012 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Govine is a board member of the Pasadena Youth Center. She is CEO of G. Govine Consulting and provides expert witness, litigation consultation, training, writing and public speaking in the area of human resources with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
Artist Luis Ituarte
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As an artist, I like to disclose the creative process by all the means available to me. The objects I create; paintings, collages, sculptures, poetry and writings, along with the activities I generate; art programs, art events, political art interventions, cultural celebrations, curatorial practice, art exhibits, and teaching, are all part of my expression of humanity.
My work's real value is fulfilled when it interacts with people and brings out our cultural, social and individual personas to do the common good; it is then that I'm an artist! Art lives in human culture and it is with my art that I try to explain who I am in that culture. My intent is to create by reviewing history, observing nature's ways and participating in the politics of culture as a process to invite transformation for the best possible future.