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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS 

STRONG WOMEN SPEAKING UP
Mixed- Media Wearable Dreams of Justice and Liberation Poems on Hand-Made Paper

In this continued partnership with Comunilife’s- “Life is Precious” Program, young Latina women from the Bronx and Brooklyn gathered to make art and create spoken word poetry about issues that affect ourselves and our communities. For 12 weeks participants joined together with teaching artist Laura Betancur to face some of the hardest issues in our lives and build hope with art. Each week the group explored realities like street harassment, bullying, homophobia, domestic violence, rape, the criminalization of youth, depression, and many more forms of discrimination against women. In these pieces, participants tell their stories, ask questions, share hurt and offer a vision for a more just world for all women.

Through the art created we find a story of transformation. Through talking, through writing, through painting, through sewing, through sharing poetry and truly hearing and seeing each other, we all transformed. The quiet struggles were a little less quiet. The constant pains became a little more bearable. The world we want to see became a little bit more possible. Like the wearable pieces of art that come to life with messages of justice, our hope is that our experiences continue to become visible and audible in a way that cannot be ignored.

We hope to not only wear our message, but to live it.

MUJERES VALIENTES ALZANDO LA VOZ
Técnica mixta, sueños de justicia portables y poemas de liberación en papel hecho a mano

En esta colaboración continuada con el programa “La vida es preciosa” de Comunilife, jóvenes mujeres latinas del Bronx y de Brooklyn se juntaron para crear arte y poesía spoken word sobre los problemas que nos afectan a nosotros y nuestras comunidades. Durante doce semanas, los participantes se unieron con la artista educadora Laura Betancur para hacer frente a algunas de las cuestiones más duras en nuestras vidas y crear esperanza con el arte. Cada semana el grupo exploró realidades como el acoso en la calle, la intimidación, la homofobia, la violencia doméstica, la violación, la criminalización de la juventud, la depresión y otras formas de discriminación contra las mujeres. En estas piezas, las participantes cuentan sus historias, hacen preguntas, comparten el dolor y ofrecen una visión para un mundo más justo para todas las mujeres.

A través del arte que crearon nos encontramos con una historia de transformación. Hablando, escribiendo, pintando, cosiendo, compartiendo poesía y escuchando y mirándonos realmente los unos a los otros, todas nos hemos transformado. Las luchas silenciosas se convirtieron en un poco menos silenciosas. Los dolores constantes se convirtieron en algo un poco más tolerable. El mundo que queremos ver se convirtió en algo un poco más posible. Como las obras de arte portables que toman vida con mensajes de justicia, nuestra esperanza es que nuestra experiencias continúen siendo visibles y audibles de modo que no se puedan ignorar.

No sólo deseamos llevar nuestro mensaje, sino vivirlo.

Partner/En colaboración con: Comunilife: Life is Precious

Participants/Participantes: S. Lewis, Y. Rodriguez, L. Juarez, A. Rodriguez, J. Marrero, J. Marquez, C. Rowser, B. Garcia, S. Hernandez, A. Baez, A. Montilla, A. Robles, E. Bravo, L. Bravo, I. Nievlo, M. Thomas, J. Juarez, B. Nieves, N. Hernandez.

Educators/Educadores: Laura Betancur, El Museo del Barrio
Luke Nephew, El Museo del Barrio
Chasity Ortiz, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Leah Floyd, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Anna Dziechowski, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Patrick Page, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Narda Lopez, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Miriam Steinburg, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Ariel Robles, Comunilife: Life is Precious
Elba Acosta, Comunilife: Life is Precious

Watch our school partnerships in action!

Comunilife: Life is Precious in partnership with El Museo del Barrio’s 
Making Connections program, 2014-2015

Comunilife: Life is Precious in partnership with El Museo del Barrio’s 
Making Connections program, 2013-2014

DISTRICT 4 FAMILY PROGRAMS

El Museo works closely with Community District 4 to support education initiatives at all levels.

District 4 Learning Expo

Every year, El Museo is proud to celebrate East Harlem’s young visual and performing artists by hosting the District 4 Learning Expo. Check back for the date of this year’s learning expo.

Learning Through Art: Programs for D4 Parents

In the Fall and Spring of the school year, El Museo staff provides workshops for East Harlem parents on helping their children use the museum as a resource for developing the critical thinking skills needed for the common core. For information and fun family resources developed for last year’s workshops, please visit our Families page.