Photographed by: Eddie Gonzalez

Artist: Jessica Carrasco

Jessica Carrasco was born in Santa Cruz and proudly raised in Watsonville, California. Her roots stem from her mother being born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and her father born in El Salvador. Her step-father, born in Michoacan Mexico, introduced her to soccer at the age of eight. As a result, art and soccer have been not only influential, but important to how she navigated herself.

Jessica attended many local schools in Watsonville such as Amesti, Starlight, and Lakeview Middle School. Although she lived in Watsonville, she attended Aptos High School. After graduating, she attended Cabrillo College and obtained her Associate of Arts Degrees in Business, Liberal Arts, and completed her General Education. She transferred to San Jose State and received her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Community Change and a minor in Mexican American Studies. She finished her Mexican American Studies Masters of the Arts program and is currently working on completing her thesis.

While in her Masters of the Arts program she started to work for the City of Watsonville through the F.L.Y.E.R.S after school program, Camp Wow Summer Program, Youth Center, occasionally assisted with Itty Bitty Sports and other events in the City. On Thursday and Fridays she spends her evenings playing indoor soccer at Soccer Central in Watsonville and hopes to share that passion with the youth in the future.

As a member of the Revolunas womxn’s collective in Watsonville, she continues to be inspired by other womxn in Watsonville creating social change by healing womxn, youth, QTPOC through spirituality, creative expression, community building and education.

A recent collaboration consists of working with a group of local artists to increase the opportunities, resources, and space for Watsonville artists.

Jessica is determined to create opportunities for the youth and generation that aspires to grow in their beloved town of Watsonville. Through her childhood upbringing she has learned the beauty that her culture and traditions offer and with the education, experiences and knowledge she holds she will share with the world what she is capable of creating and accomplishing.

Special Thanks to Esmeralda Fernandez for helping me edit this page

“When you do the common things in life, in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the world”

-George Washington Carver
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