Every Year, El Museo del Barrio works with community organizations to develop a sense of understanding through art and conversation. Ranging from Teen groups to older adults, Community Partnerships allow El Museo’s educators to work directly with individuals from our communities, creating lasting impact through meaningful relationships built on creating art.

2017 – 2018 Community Partnerships Include:

Life is Precious (LIP)/ Comunilife life
Crafting the Beauty Within  

In this continued partnership with Comunilife’s Life is Preciousprogram, young Latinx women from the Bronx gather to use textile arts and handcrafts- thread and bead embroidery, quilting, marbling, fabric painting, jewelry making as mediums for exploring positive forms of self-expression and self-care.

For 10-weeks we learned and were inspired by textile artists and communities around the world whom throughout history have created with textiles to protect, to beautify, and to adorn the body, as well as to heal and tell stories.

Each of these art pieces represents a creative and transformative journey where we overcame frustration, tiredness, anger, sadness and turned it into calmness, empowerment, love and joy. In reflection of our time together and the art that we produced, there is a story of transformation and beauty. Through textile arts we worked with the senses to open them up, we shared our personal narratives and we grew strong as a community.

This is the art of a community of undeniably strong young women.  And because they have been brave enough to open up and craft their truth and beauty, the rest of us can now catch a glimpse of their magic. By looking at these art pieces we are all invited into their pain, their laughter, their creativity, their resilience and their journey of becoming the artists they were meant to be.

En esta colaboración continua con el programa de Comunilife Life is Precious, jóvenes Latinx del Bronx se reunieron para usar las artes textiles y manualidades: bordados de hilos y cuentas, acolchado, marmoleado, pintura de telas y joyas para explorar formas positivas de autoexpresión y autoestima.

Durante 10 semanas, aprendimos y nos inspiramos por varios artistas – maestros en textiles – y comunidades del mundo que han usado los textiles para proteger, embellecer, adornar el cuerpo, sanar y contar historias.

Cada una de estas piezas representa un viaje transformador en donde superamos frustraciones, agotamiento, enojo y tristeza y lo convertimos en tranquilidad, poder, amor y alegría. Reflejando nuestro tiempo compartido y el arte que produjimos, hay una historia de transformación y belleza. Con el arte de los textiles, trabajamos con nuestros sentidos para expandirlos, compartimos nuestras narrativas personales y crecimos como comunidad.  

Este arte le pertenece a una comunidad de mujeres jóvenes y poderosas. En la valentía de compartir sus historias y arte, su belleza y verdad, nosotros podemos ver tantita de su magia. Estamos invitados a mirar el dolor, risa, creatividad y fuerza, pero más que nada, el camino hacia lo que realmente son – artistas.  

Participants/Participantes: Jade G, Princess M, Honey M, Jennessa P, Yazil E, Carmen O, Chesley S, Criscely M, Nyssa R, Maddy G, Yairin V, Yacerin V, Amanda C, Marisol R, Wendy R, Miosoti S, Liceth J, Juana R. Chris R, Nicolle R, Jhoanna L, Michelle C

Educators/Educadores: Laura Betancur – El Museo del Barrio, Chasity Ortiz, Francis Kazel, Aleecia Kaloustian, Guadalupe Luna, Leonardo Lebas, Ariel Robles, Felipe Fournier. Communilife- Life is Precious

 

Carver Senior Center
Stories of Water

Stories of Water features a selection of works on paper that explore water as the central point for conversations, storytelling and image creation. It reflects on the world’s global water crisis and the many stories we share in connection with water as a natural resource.

This is the result of a collaboration between Carver Senior Center and El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition contains monoprints created by a group of senior students from the community center. Through collaboration, combining printmaking and storytelling, the students used intaglio inks, gel plates and paper cutouts and other mark making tools, to create unique artworks.

Stories of Water incluye una selección de obras en papel que exploran el agua como el punto central para conversaciones, cuentos y la creación de imagines. Refleja la crisis del agua sobre la tierra y los tantos cuentos que compartimos en conexión con el agua como recurso natural.

Este proyecto es en colaboración entre Carver Senior Center y El Museo del Barrio. La exhibición está hecha de monoprints creados por un grupo de adultos que pertenecen al Carver Senior Center. Creando juntos y combinando la tradición de contar historias con crear arte, los estudiantes usaron tintas de intaglio, placas de silicio, pedazos de papel y otras herramientas para crear obras de arte únicas. 

Participants/Participantes: Yolanda Colón , Sonia Sanchez, Carmen Gomez, Yolanda Colón, Luz Estrella Lopez, Nora Rincon , Carmen Gomez, Nubia Bunces, Nora Ramírez, Maritza, Luz Estrella Lopez, Sonia Torres, Nora Rincón, Yolanda Colón, Sonia Torres, Clemencia Cepeda

Educators/Educadores: Leslie Jimenez, El Museo del Barrio

Yo Soy Asi
Mixed Media Collages

In this partnership with Carver Senior Center, Seniors from “East Harlem” got together to tell and share their narratives through mixed-media art. Each week we got inspired by an artist, then we created art works using a myriad of materials- Clay, paper, acrylic and watercolor paint, mosaic, etc. During each session, we made sure to laugh with each other, to hear and appreciate each other stories and to dance and sing while making art. These Mixed Media Collages are a celebration and tribute to whom we are and where we come from.

En esta colaboración con El Centro Carver para el adulto mayor. Nos reunimos una vez por semana para contar y compartir narrativas personales a través de diferentes técnicas mixtas- Arcilla, collage, pintura en acuarela y acrílica, mosaico, etc. Durante cada encuentro nos aseguramos de reír, apreciarnos, celebrarnos, bailar y cantar. Estos Collages en técnica mixta son una celebración y un tributo a quienes somos y de dónde venimos.

Participants/Participantes: Ana Figueroa, Migdalia Roman, Juana Paulino, Santos Coton, Clemencia Cepeda, Sonia Torres Sanchez, Nubia Bunces, Nora Ramirez, Luz Estela Lopez, Ramona Santiago, Magaly Verna, Libia Chancon, Ana Reyes.

Educators/Educadores: Laura Betancur, El Museo del Barrio

Special Thank You to Maria Rivera & Marisa Cordero of Carver Neighborhood Senior Center.

Agradecimientos a Maria Rivera y Marisa Cordero por su apoyo y colaboración.