About the Work of Christine Joy Amagan Ferrer
Christine Joy Amagan Ferrer (AKA Tine) is the the founder of Eyes Opened (EO), eomvmnt.org. And creator, author and designer of The Divine Coloring Book. #thedivinecoloringbook
Tine is a multidisciplinary creative soul from San Francisco, the creatress behind Eyes Opened (EO). A jack of all trades, but a master of nothing but herself. She is a cultural arts practitioner of Philippine, Haitian and Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance. By day, she has been empowering youth through movement arts for over a decade. By night, she is also a freelance designer and media producer. Folklore, spirituality, cultural art forms and rhythms of the diaspora inspire her. She delivers solutions for community organizations and individuals acting for the greater good. Through visual, written and embodied storytelling, she uses movement, media and design to help others tell their stories.
“I believe, if we face ourselves, we can heal ourselves and ignite the sacred power within. – CJAF ” #tinejoyAF
I am Christine Joy Amagan Ferrer (aka ‘Tine’) a multidisciplinary creative visionary and a cultural arts practitioner of Philippine, Haitian and Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance. I am an American-born Filipina with Tagalog, Bisayan and Ilokano known roots who graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Journalism and Dance. By day, I empower youth through movement and cultural arts. By night, I am a freelance designer, writer and producer. I believe that my dynamic background in teaching across multiple disciplines—movement, cultural and visual arts, also in relationship to the written word, has helped me utilize my artistic expression and practices as a catalyst for social change.
Dance is intrinsic to who I am. As a child, I did ballet, jazz, tap, and musical dance theater. At SF State, I trained in Afro-Haitian, Modern, Afro-Brazilian Contemporary, Capoeira and Latin American Social Folk dances. In the last several years, my practice has focused on Haitian Folkloric Dance with Portsha Jefferson, Blanche Brown, Michelle Martin, and Laure Fleurentin; along with Afro-Brazilian Contemporary with Tania Santiago. I’m a member of Parangal Dance Company. I’ve also participated in cultural exchange trips to study spirituality, cultural dance, music and art in Haiti with Daniel Brevil and to the Philippines on TribalTur with Alleluia Panis. I am rooted in the San Francisco cultural arts community teaching at multiple schools across the city and dedicated to working with youth from diverse backgrounds and needs, ages 18-months to 17 years old, both individually and privately. For 10 years, I worked as a youth and preschool coach at AcroSports, a gymnastics, acrobatics and circus arts training facility, where I first taught my own curriculum based on creative movement, gymnastics and folkloric storytelling.
Today, my movement teaching continues to explore cultural dance/music in combination with acrobatics, mindfully harnessing the creativity of a student’s own choreography. For the last few years, I facilitated my own private AcroDance all-girls youth cultural arts summer camps, as well as co-hosted and co-created AVE + EO’s Young Creators Camp (2019) that focused on a week of exploration through play, movement and visual storytelling, while promoting healthy relationships to ourselves and others through social and cultural context. I also designed and co-created a booklet used specifically for the camp called, “A Young Creators Guidebook.”
Over the last decade, I’ve proofread, designed, published, organized content, authored and produced, respectively – thousands of online and print materials – banners, websites, fliers, reports, videos, and other resources using my journalism, media and design skills for grassroots organizations, small businesses, individuals, Race, Poverty & the Environment Journal (RP&E), Reimagine Radio, and my personal venture – Eyes Opened (EO). As a designer, web editor and podcast producer for RP&E, I curated online projects such as “ The Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project” and “Reflections of Activistas.” I was also lead installation designer for mixed media exhibition curator, Jarrel Phillips, “I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence” at the Associated Students Art Gallery in SF State and at the Rosenberg Library at CCSF.
Recently, I authored, designed and self-published, The Divine Coloring Book – a multicultural, 100-page coloring book for people of all ages inspired by folklore and spirituality from the Philippines, Haiti and Brazil. Throughout the book are inspirational quotes, mindfulness activities for children, and poetry. My purpose is to uplift our stories, and stories that have been passed down through generations, through traditional dance, music and oral storytelling, drawing connections between cultures and beliefs in a way that further engages young people, and ourselves. I incorporate multiple disciplines into my educational work based on applied knowledge that reimagines folklore, the sacred and cultural storytelling with mindfulness.
My long-term creative aspirations as an artist will always be inspired by and grounded within all that is sacred. My spiritual connections to the various cultures have deeply shaped my life, carrying me through my struggles by rooting myself in joy, connecting me to my ancestors, the God within and the God without, and has brought healing. Each day, I learn more, and for that, I am incredibly grateful. My work is my offering. My creativity is my spirituality and my spirituality has become my creativity.
Some of the places where Ferrer has taught (or is currently teaching), collaborated with for special projects/workshops/performances, or been contracted by in the SF Bay Area specifically for dance, movement and choreography include:
Bayview Association for Youth 100% College Prep Institute
3.9 Art Collective
Parangal Dance Company
Rara Tou Limen – Haiti Cultural Exchange
Dance Mission Theater
Mission High School
Jamestown Community Center (Buena Vista/Horace Mann K-8 and John O’Connell HS)
Valle de Ninos
Dr. Albirda Rose’s Village Dancers
Mission Cultural Center
Boy and Girls Club, Sunnyvale
Suns of Cayuga
World Dance Fusion
Bela Alma Dance Collective
Other Highlights, Accomplishments, Qualifications
- Featured in the San Francisco Hall of Justice as a part of the District Attorney’s Implicit Bias Art Project 2017
- Founder/Creative Director, Eyes Opened (MVMNT, Media + Design)
- Lead Designer, I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence, Mixed Media Exhibition first shown at the City College of San Francisco, currently on display at the Associate Student’s Art Gallery at SF State
- Lead Designer, How We Play: Circus (Acrobatics), Breakin’ (B-boying) and Capoeira Photography Exhibition at the City College of San Francisco
- Web/Design/Publishing Editor, Reimagine’s Race, Poverty & the Environment Journal, 8+ years of commitment
- Web Curator and Creator, Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project (funded in-part by the Akonadi Foundation)
- Editor and Creator, Reflections of Activistas Project
- Multicultural Arts Summer (MAS) Youth Program Instructor for Digital Photography and CreativFolkoric Dance, Mission Cultural Center
- Organizing Committee Member/Web Designer, Seeds and Soul: Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Festival
- Event Organizer/MC/Performer, UniverSoul: A Cross-Cultural Benefit Show for the Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
- Educator/ Facilitator, “CreativFolkloric” Children’s Dance Workshops, Mission Cultural Center
- Creative Designer/Collaborator/Outreach Specialist, Zanzibar Stones Town Capoeira Project
- BAY 100% College Prep, 2013 Youth Blogging Workshop Teacher/Facilitator/Editor, BAY 100% Blog/Youth Voices
Special Projects: photography, booklet and book design, event planning, communications, performance, graphic design and layout, freelance writing, consulting, print production, basic videography/audio editing, event organizing/hosting, podcasting, and other web and media related projects
Other Resources (focusing on youth and children, but not limited to): preschool gymnastics/tumbling, dance instruction, choreography, motor development for children with special needs, summer camps, youth birthday parties, facilitating team building movement activities for adults
Some of Ferrer’s personal interests and pursuits include: Brazilian/Haitian/Latin American/Caribbean, Philippine Folkloric dance, arts and urban culture, spirituality, preschool gymnastics, youth and children, mental health wellness, social and environmental justice, and Chai tea.