About the work of Christine Joy Ferrer
Christine Joy Amagan Ferrer (AKA Tine) is the the founder of Eyes Opened (EO), eomvmnt.org.
I am a multidisciplinary creative who brings creative excellence to design, publishing and editorial projects. I deliver solutions for community organizations and individuals acting for the greater good. Areas of focus include: design, web/print media, publishing, editorial, and web maintenance.
I am also a cultural movement and arts practitioner; an eclectic soul inspired by Afro-diasporic/folkloric rhythms, dedicated to youth and community.
Media + Journalism + Design
Ferrer brings creative excellence to editorial, media, and design projects. Whether working as a writer, designer, content manager, or web publishing editor, she delivers solutions for community organizations and individuals acting for the greater good. Her work as a designer is currently featured in the San Francisco Hall of Justice as a part of the District Attorney’s Implicit Bias Art Project, which focused on the power of art to transform our perceptions by re-shaping our environment.
Cultivated in San Francisco and born to Filipino parents, Ferrer is a creative visionary whose personal manifesto derives from using the arts to open eyes and liberate minds. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in journalism (concentration in print/magazine journalism) and dance (emphasis on dance teaching/choreography). For eight years, she has worked as a designer, web editor and podcast producer for Race, Poverty & the Environment Journal and Radio RP&E (www.reimaginerpe.org). In addition to production work on each issue of the journal, Ferrer also curated online sections such as “Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project” and “Reflections of Activistas.” She moonlights as an associate for Red Star Black Rose (spearheaded by community-based writer, publisher, graphic artist, and editor, B. Jesse Clarke) and works in collaboration with AVE. Ferrer has also taught at Mission High School, assisting with special media/design projects for Mission High School, while teaching her own “Movement and Creative Arts” class.
She has proofed, designed, published, organized content, authored and produced respectively over a thousand online and print materials—banners, websites, fliers, reports, and other resources—in the last few years. She’s also produced a few simple multimedia projects. This has all been part of her work for various grassroots organizations, small businesses, individuals, Race, Poverty & the Environment (RP&E) and her personal venture, Eyes Opened Media + Design.
Her written works have been featured in various grassroots and local publications including Hyphen, Race, Poverty & the Environment, Pacific News (New America Media), InDance, Cityvoices.org, Filipinas Magazine, ALIVE East Bay, Golden Gate [X]press and [X]press Magazine. She was also an online editorial intern for InStyle.com.
Some days you’ll find her teaching gymnastics/dance as the Preschool Coordinator and Youth Coach at AcroSports, where she has been known as Coach Tine for almost eight years. She primarily works with children as young as 18 months to 7 years old. Her specialty is in TumbleDance (a fusion of tumbling and dance) focusing on folkoric creative movement. She is currently creating her own dance curriculum for children that explores and fuses cultural/folkloric dance (specifically Philippine, Haitian and Brazilian Folklore). She’s choreographed original works for her AcroSports TumbleDance classes end-of-the-session performances. And, she teaches movement/tumbling to children with special needs.
As a child, Ferrer trained ballet, jazz, tap, and musical dance theater on-and-off under the direction of Bob Bordallo. As a teen, she performed for four years with a self-taught praise/hip-hop dance group, Rocki Starr’s ABAD for various church performances, musicals, and Christian events and traveled to Hong Kong to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. At SF State, she trained Afro-Haitian and Dunham Technique under the late-Alicia Pierce and Dr. Albirda Rose, Modern Dance with Susan Whipp, Afro-Brazilian Contemporary and Capoeira with Paco Gomes, and performed a couple years for Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE)’s Pilipino Cultural Night. She’s also studied Latin American Social Folk dance at CCSF. In her senior year, Ferrer choreographed “The Poor Man’s Struggle,” authored the “Poor Man’s Struggle,” and was also the Executive Editor for Xpress Magazine.
In the last couple years, she’s studied and focused more on Haitian Folkloric with Portsha Jefferson (Rara Tou Limen) Blanche Brown, Michelle Martin, and Laure Fleurentin and Afro-Brazilian Contemporary with Tania Santiago (Aguas), Horton with Kat Worthington, Modern Jazz Blues with Bayan Jamay, and Acrobatics Conditioning with Dominik Wyss. She has performed with World Dance Fusion, Grupo Experimental Nago with Temistocles Betancourt, Blanche Brown and the Congo Square West Kingship Society, and Afoutayi with Djenane Saint-Juste. She’s also traveled to Haiti on a cultural exchange trips hosted by Daniel Brevil, musical director of Rara Tou Limen, to study Haitian dance, drumming and culture. Ferrer is a member of Parangal Dance Company.
Some of the other places where Ferrer has taught (or is currently teaching), collaborated with for special projects/workshops, 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 wellness, social and environmental justice, and Chai tea.