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Emo Kids of Color Presents:


Following Chopsticks Alley Art’s exhibit we are continuing our efforts to partner with local art organizations to share their stories on our walls! For the past few weeks Emo Kids of Color have been covering our  walls with unique, expressive art! Come check out the opening reception for the You Can’t Go Home Again exhibit on January 23rd from 6-8pm. For more info on the exhibit see press release below.

We hope to see you there!




SAN JOSE, CA – Jan. 8, 2020 / Emo Kids of Color welcomes 2020 with an opening reception for the You Can’t Go Home Again exhibit to be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 6PM-8PM at CreaTV in Downtown San Jose. The exhibit will feature artists Bryan Gutierrez Arroyo, Jasmin Peréz, Isaac Indio, Jasmine Dator, Brenda Carrasco, Lailani Africa, and Ruben Escalante. Their works range from zines, paintings and mixed media art with a heavy influence of street art and DIY subculture.

The exhibit You Can’t Go Home Again is inspired by the Thomas Wolfe quote.

“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to romantic love, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to exile, to escape to Europe and some foreign land, back home to lyricism, to singing just for singing’s sake, back home to aestheticism, to one’s youthful idea of “the artist” and the all-sufficiency of “art” and “beauty” and “love”, back home to the ivory tower, back home to places in the country, to the cottage in Bermuda, away from all the strife and conflict of the world, back home to the father you have lost and have been looking for, back home to someone who can help you, save you, ease the burden for you, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time — back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”

Emo Kids of Color creator, Ruben Escalante connects this upcoming exhibit to a previous show.

“Keeping things deliberate and connected to follow our previous exhibit, Homecoming, we decided that You Can’t Go Home Again shares the same sentiments as the Thomas Wolfe’s quote. I am a terribly nostalgic person. I don’t know if I’ll ever escape my past. It’s through the work that we’ve produced for this show, I get to exercise my will to be an example for future kids of color. I’ve been coming to terms that I may never have a happy ending and that’s fine, because until the ground eats me up I’m yours.”

You Can’t Go Home Again will be exhibited at CreaTV from January – March. The artists will be present at the opening reception on Thursday, January 23rd from 6pm-8pm.

About Emo Kids of Color

Emo Kids of Color are a collective of artists who use art to escape anxiety, depression, and being broke kids of color from marginalized neighborhoods. E.K.O.C. has been touring through San Jose, Fresno and Monterey. Visit to learn more about Emo Kids of Color.


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