Blasts from the past:
Intermedia Arts located in South Minneapolis; home to now defunct B-Girl Be but, a gracious hostess to many programs such as the Catalyst program, Media Active (youth produced media) etc. gave us a wonderful opportunity to interview Greta McLain and myself. From the Intermedia Arts Site. (SUPPORT INTERMEDIA THEY TRANSFORM LIVES)
For two years, fifth grade students from El Colegio Charter School and Bancroft Elementary School worked together to design and paint murals with powerful messages of hope. Led by artists Gustavo Lira and Greta McLain, students engaged in discussions about community and collabroation, discovered that art can be a tool for social change, and became leaders in their neighborhood through the creation of this inspiring community art project.
Also some work I did for the Family Housing Fund. We worked on the issues of home, poverty and the ability to maintain and keep a home in this economy.
My statement from this project:
Although I have lived in the United States for nine years, the idea of home makes me think about what I left behind in my place of origin—Mexico. My family built a house there for all the children to use, and it remains a comfort knowing I still have that home if
I ever need it. Home, after all, is not only about security, family, and community, but about dignity, pride, and culture. And having one should be a basic right for every human being.
Personal and professional circumstances have led me to move a number of times in the past two years. This has been a struggle for me, but I often think about how difficult this would be for others, especially families. Adapting to new places, however, has given me insight into the unique challenges facing immigrants, an insight
I use in my art to address social issues. Check it.
Enjoy what is left of the weekend. Peace.