Mario Mesquita is an advocate, educator, organizer, and artist whose work explores social constructs of relationships between the personal and community sphere. He currently lives in Southern California and has strong familial ties to Phoenix, Arizona. Trained in multimedia arts at the University of Oregon, his art encompasses graphics, photography, performance, and installation. Mario’s residency [dates] will focus on the impact of Arizona’s House Bill 2281 ban on ethnic studies in public schools, the urban landscape, neighborhood, and citizenship. In collaboration with local diverse communities, Mario’s re/[search]sidency will culminate in workshops and discussions surrounding what it means to be ethnic in a state without sanctioned pedagogy in the public school realm.