“How are you today? Really. How are you?”

Christina Granados takes a look at you up and down. One moment, she’s making sales calls, or on this day in late August, covering baby duties, bouncing a child as a favor to a member who had to finish an order of nameplates. Still — she wants to know.

No, really. How are you?

This is Christina Granados. Hacker Lab’s longtime lead sales manager and front-desk team member, Christina has taken care of many members, helping create a family atmosphere Hacker Lab is proud of.

Christina grew up in the Sacramento region and cares for her brother, Tony, who cleans the midtown space. She enjoys raves and someday plans to open her own makerspace. Her growth as an artist, creating paintings and resin casts, is part and parcel to the Hacker Lab experience.

She’s also organizing this month’s Second Saturday show on Sept. 14: “¡Salud!” — a benefit for NorCal Resist and celebration of Latinx culture and artists at a time when we can all come together.

We asked her what she’s hoping for the show, and why she asks those questions.

“Community. I’ve always been about community,” she said in short, with a smile.

Sponsored by Sacramento Natural Goods Co-op, Hacker Lab invites all to the show from 5 - 9 p.m., which will include art, music, dance and even a car show. Submissions are still open — if you have art email [email protected]

Hacker Lab: So, what’s your goal with the show?

Christina:There’s so many things in this world separating us. In America, we say we’re a great melting pot; all of a sudden the pot broke. I want to put it back together. No more violence.

It’s got to start somewhere. I see people from all backgrounds here, from homeless folks to angel investors who want to help each other out. I saw a group of four men singing, Jake, Trent, Ryan and one other dude - all "different", singing along.

Community heals all wounds — coming together no matter what life you have, no separation, Black, white, Asian whatever — We can all unite.

Hacker lab is a good example of that. Everyone has a similar role. I call everyone here visionaries. They have ideas and come here to do it. If we can find something in the community or culture, one thing that unites us ... We all can get along.

HL: Why do shows important to the Latino community?

Christina:For me growing up, all I saw were shows featuring Caucasian artists. It was rarely truly Hispanic - it was toned down, to please others to show what it should be to others, not who we really are. To have something like this is important because of representation so artists can see this is for them.

It’s really about inclusion. Just because it says Hispanic doesn’t mean it isn’t for you. These are your people, too. Come be part of the community and say hi. If you go to events that are inclusive, we realize that we aren’t that much different.

Over the past three years, I've seen diversity grow in our space and in Sacramento. It was cool to be part of that. That entrepreneurs from all backgrounds know its for them, not just a specific person on a screen. And the more representation and diversity there is, the more it can grow.

HL: You seem to help so many by caring. Why?

Christina:When I was five or six, in pre-school, there used to be this little boy who always ran up to my grandma and gave her a hug, but never said anything. Every day he would hug her.

When he saw his dad he would pick him up, something felt wrong, but I was a kid and didn't know what to do. One day, my grandma goes to pick me up after schoool and he never came. That’s weird, I thought.

We found out his dad was severely abusing him. He stopped coming since his dad was fighting and threw him through the house window and killed him.

There was a look I remembered in that little boy. I remember that look and when I see that in people I ask them what’s wrong. It's important that we do that.

HL: Any advice on how others might do the same?

Christina:If you're going to ask, mean it. In the U.S., our greeting is "How are you?" When people actually share, we call it oversharing, TMI, etc — but if you're going to ask, mean it.

This generation is going to be the one to change things. Who cares about diversity and caring beyond lines. When I went to the protest for the close the camps, i was super surprised - there were more caucasian folks than thing else. They were for us. "They’re with us," I thought.

HL: What about the show? What's your goal for it?

Christina:I’m hoping it will be an event that is completely focused on togetherness and getting along, no matter what walk of life we are.

The show is a benefit for NorCal Resist with all donations helping people seek asylum; anything to help an immigrant, legal fees for deportation proceedings if they are arrested, helping people who are LGBTQ from Latin countries get asylum so they aren't killed — that sort of thing.

I'm excited about it since we'll have art, music, dance, a car show and more, as well as a community potluck. Anyone can bring an authentic dish to share.

I've seen so many people help each other in this space, regardless of where they come from. Even if folks don't make it out to the show, I hope they take care of each other. By knowing we aren't that different, we can be there, for each other.

All are welcome to ¡Salud!, our second to last #SecondSaturday show of the season on Sept. 14. from 5- 9 p.m. Submissions are still open — if you have art, email [email protected]

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