Previously, Siembra Azul Foundation has begun to work supporting Michelle Angela Ortiz & Nora Hiriart Litz: with their year-long project “El Viaje” in Philadelphia. They have invited immigrant Mexican families living in Philadelphia to participate in a series of art workshops, creating paintings and a video documentary to represent the realities of their struggles coming to USA. “El Viaje” project serves as an example of how to engage immigrants in a safe space for sharing and building a sense of community through the arts. It allows Mexican immigrants to speak up and communicate their experiences to create awareness both in Philadelphia and their communities in Mexico.
There is a second phase to the “El Viaje” project proposed: a pilot program entitled “El Viaje Sigue”. This project will continue to explore the stories of Mexican immigrants living in Philadelphia through art to share their thoughts with their communities in Mexico specifically in the most common regions immigrants originate from- Veracruz, Puebla, and Oaxaca. Through visual and theater workshops our goal is to create a large traveling mural created by Mexican immigrants in Philadelphia and community members from Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca. The goal includes, the completed mural to be shown in a public event in Philadelphia and Mexico City, Mexico followed by revealing a public visible wall in Philadelphia and Mexico City where the mural will permanently be installed.
This program is part of the high-school arts exchange program with the students from San Mateo Ozolco the Philadelphia delegation met last week during their trip. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved.
Read More about this project on Puentes Website: http://www.puentesdesalud.org/news/inaugural-trip-san-mateo-ozoloco