One of my passions is participating within my community. Especially when it revolves around the arts, the betterment of our youth and the fight for civil rights. When the tragic disappearances of the 43 Normalista students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico, occurred, I felt a heavy responsibility to shed light to the issue in Milwaukee. I partnered with a non-profit organization that helped me fund the project.
My team and I then recruited artist from around the world and the surrounding Milwaukee area to voice a visual response on issues of civil rights. The idea was to bring a diverse group of artists that would normally be segregated by race, religion, sexual orientation, political views amongst others, to exhibit together under one roof. We were able to recruit 23 high profile artist and the entire Nakbah Exhibit.
Not only did we have a successful turn out but the real trade off was when we involved members of the youth. We helped facilitate high school students create a visual representation to issues they were facing on a day to day basis.
Logo, installation design, label designs, panel designs were created by myself. We launched this event under the hash-tag #43VOICES which collected many images and impressions that exploded via social media.
To view more images of the gallery and the art please click here.
The exhibit ran about a week and half, and was attended by over 500 people that included politicians and actual survivors of that tragic night. Many of the high school students that participated in the exhibition were able to take their art works to other galleries.