Bingo! Episode 6: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

December 4, 2020  •  2 minute read

Part 6 of the LANE’s cohort interview series “Bingo! How Lived Experience Informs Learning”

LANE cohort member Tanya Mote of Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center with NPN's Sage Crump.

In the six-part series “Bingo! How Lived Experience Informs Learning”LANE cohort organizations come together to interview each other and share reflections on using their lived experiences to move through learning.

In Episode 6, NPN’s Sage Crump sits down with Tanya Mote of Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Denver. They discuss:

  • staff rapport and rhythm,
  • the ways a background in facilitation benefits an organization,
  • and ways to build both infrastructure and a movement.


From Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Tanya Mote, Associate Director

From NPN
Sage Crump, LANE Program Specialist

I never once had the experience of walking into a roomful of people and just thinking that it was going to work out. You really do just have to be in the present moment all the time and respond to the conditions in the room and be open and able to hear what the people in the room need. And then also be willing to let the people in the room define some of the journey that you’re going to take together. . . . Usually that works really good if I know that I have to take care of my own needs and show up in a way where I’m stable, I’m rested. . . . Amazingly, I find people do respond well to me when I do those things!

–Tanya Mote, Su Teatro

The leaders of the field are the folks in this room, and that’s not based upon how big or how large you’ve been able to grow but what you’ve been able to grow. . . . We never approached LANE like there is a problem with any of our organizations that we need to fix. Folks have been making survival decisions and have survived for years. And those are folks that we should all be learning from. You know, there’s a lot of fear around, ‘What’s going to happen in the world’ and things like that. Folks have been walking through fire for centuries. We know how to do that.

–Sage Crump, NPN

For more episodes and to learn more, visit the series home page.