Erika Guadalupe Núñez (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer immigrant, artist, and cultural organizer. After emigrating from Mexico at a young age with her mother, Erika Guadalupe grew up sin papeles and eventually sin miedo and began working as a community organizer for various local and national campaigns for immigrant rights in 2011.
As the former resident artist of Juntos, Erika Guadalupe's public work centered around creating art for rallies and protests with members of her community, in order to highlight issues of inequality as they pertain to the immigrant rights movement. She also institutionalized Juntos’ yearly Dia de los Muertos celebration, which honors folkloric tradition while also highlighting migrant border deaths and deaths in detention caused by systemic injustice, border militarization, and government failings. She believes that by utilizing art as a social justice tool, we are able to build power and critical awareness of the world around us in order to secure a future grounded in resiliency, healing, and expression for new generations.
Erika Guadalupe also previously served as vice president of the Juntos board. Through her former position as the Manager of Community Programs at Fleisher Art Memorial, Erika Guadalupe led core aspects of the organization’s engagement work in South Philly public schools and neighborhoods by developing accessible and culturally relevant art programming for local children and families. Erika Guadalupe is a member of Mijente and a national coordinator. She is a board member of the Leeway Foundation, along with a Leeway Grantee (ACG ’15, ACG ’17, and Transformation ’17) and was awarded the David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Award from GALAEI with a commendation from the city for her immigrant rights work in 2015. Recent fellowships have included Emerging City Champions with the Knight Foundation and the Advocacy Leadership Institute with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). Erika Guadalupe graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2013 with a BA in Fine Arts, Printmaking. She lives in South Philadelphia with her bunny and cat.