El Museo’s Making Connections is an extensive bilingual partnership program (10 sessions, 90 minutes each) that focuses on schools and community organizations. Making Connections uses art as a platform to approach, explore, and unpack a variety of cultural and socially relevant topics. These artist-in-residency programs begin with a series of conversations about the needs and concerns of the participants, utilizing art inquiry and object-based activities to develop unique programming and curricula to address those needs. El Museo identifies local bilingual teaching artists within the district and trains them to bring the richness of Latino and Latin American culture to their curricula. This program will include visits to El Museo, where the participants can have a transformative artistic experience through our programs, Talleres (art studios), and weekly hands-on workshops centered on visual explorations of various relevant topics.

This year, we partnered with:

Hunter College High School (HCHS)

PS 72 The Lexington Academy

Mosaics Contra Hate
Aztec Inspired
Considering that this residency started on Inauguration Day; it was important to hear the students’ thoughts on U.S. and Mexico relations, considering all the anti-immigrant and more specifically anti-Mexican speech that was being spread.  Conversations focused on hate speech, fear mongering, and power.  We also looked at current Artist and Community responses such as: protest posters at the women’s march, street art, Trump piñatas and the Union Square “Post it Wall”.  Students reflected on this issue and developed their own critical response incorporating Aztec and Mayan symbols.  Students studied Aztec and Mayan design and meaning to create their own original Mosaics using symbolism or text.  The residencies goal was to create a platform where students could fearlessly voice their concerns, solutions and utilize Art as a form of activism.

Partner/En colaboración con: P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy

Participants/Participantes: A. John, A. Christian, B. Yesly, C. Ibrahim, F. Erishel, G. Yaretzy, G. Ruby, L.G. Raquel, C. Nathaniel, M. Fernanda, O. Feyser, P. David, R. Lleyson, R. Brianna, S. Dulce, S. Keisha, V. Ana, G. Elaysha

Educators/Educadores: Beto Sepúlveda, El Museo del Barrio, Jeff Zohn’s, P.S. 72

PS 83 Luis Muñoz Rivera

Mural Mapping the Neighborhood
In a continued collaboration between El Museo del Barrrio and P.S. 83 Luis Rivera Muños School in El Barrio, second grade students explored the neighborhood surrounding their school. They began by gathering information about the neighborhood through drawing and photographing both human made and naturally occurring elements of the street outside their school. In preparation for working on the large canvas pieces, students created collages to accustom them to drawing on a large scale and to overlap forms. Students unified their mural/map by making a street that connects all of the individual panels. To finish their murals, students used acrylic paint, Sharpie Markers and oil pastels.

Partner/En colaboración con: P.S. 83 Luis Muños Rivera School

Participants/Participantes: A. Shuvo, A. Solimar, B. M. Alonso, C. Natalie, C. Kenny, F. Farzana, F. Anahi, G. Kymai, G. Rozel, M. Joshua, R. Armani, R. Angelie, R. Eddy, R. Marrisma, S. Umme, S. Merlin, S. Dwayne, V. Ahnyla, V. Ean, W. Makayla, W. Genevieve, W. Renae, Y. Pamela

Educators/Educadores: Paul Lambermont, El Museo del Barrio, Olga Tsoupros, P.S. 83

PS 180 Hugo Newman School

Exploring Celebrations, Diversity, and Where We Come From
In January of this year, three kindergarten classes at P.S.180 Hugo Newman School in Harlem set out to explore connections between Three Kings Day, which they had studied in class and celebrated with us here at El Museo del Barrio, the diversity within their classroom, and how we each mark the different celebrations in our various cultures.

After this past year’s election, our project took on an unexpected political urgency. After November 8, 2016, our attention shifted to also celebrating all of the different, incredible places represented in each of three classrooms. P.S. 180 students have either immigrated from, or have family from Puerto Rico, Israel, France, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Zimbabwe, England, Japan, and so many others. During these politically trying times, it is more important now than ever to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate the diversity contained in our communities and classrooms. As such, each student decorated a mask, conveying their own celebratory spirits, channeling how they feel when celebrating different events with their families, their appreciation for where they have come from, and the classroom community they are in now.

Partner/En colaboración con: P.S.180 Hugo Newman School

Educators/Educadores: Hannah Heller, El Museo del Barrio, Mildred Peguero, P.S. 180, Rebecca Choron, P.S. 180, Rochel Most, P.S. 180