Funded by the prestigious Rydell Grant (Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County) Museo designed and printed a series of 2’x3’ banners for display in windows throughout the Watsonville downtown corridor. The Museo built a coalition of diverse partners including the Young Writers Program, Pajaro Valley Arts, Government, and Chamber of Commerce businesses for the first Watsonville Art Walk September 3 – November 3, 2016.
The Hablamos Juntos project is a unique opportunity to bring contemporary Latino art to young people who may know little about it. Engaging youth, particularly Latino and immigrant youth, in looking at and interpreting this art gives insight into cultural material that is in some way familiar to them.
Seeing Latino images that deal with personal themes, issues of immigration and labor, as well as memories of community life, opens the door for youth to reflect on their own lives.
—Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, Professor Emerita at California State University Monterey Bay
Responding to the vacant spaces in the American educational and cultural landscape in 2015 Museo Eduardo Carrillo committed to developing a series for educators, families, artists and community centers based on Contemporary Latino Art in order to reach teens and their advocates.
Artist Eduardo Carrillo (1937-1997) made sure that the generations of students he taught at the University of California Santa Cruz and informally in the community, would include exposure to the art of Meso America, Mexican Americans and Chicanos.
His commitment to this launched the landmark Califas Conference (1982), a consortium of artists, professors and scholars who presented, debated and championed this broad group yet largely unknown group.
Museo Eduardo Carrillo, an online museum, is launching the “Hablamos Juntos: together we speak- Contemporary Latino Artists” series available to all for free.
We have partnered with Pajaro Valley Arts, a regional gallery committed to serving the community through art, to advance our mutual objectives of bringing Latino art directly to the widest audience. We have a special conviction that teens will especially benefit and so this series shows the contributions and diverse pathways each artist has taken. In the words of the writer Lucille Clifton we offer “Mirrors and Windows” to our viewers and strive to build bridges of understanding.
Expanding the HJ series in 2016 was based on a new book project with the Young Writers Program.
Museo’s work with The Young Writers Program led to an expansion of the Hablamos Juntos project. A new group of students enrolled in a Watsonville continuation high school were set to begin their Young Writers Program project. This second book is based on 26 images, the initial 10 artists and an additional 13 artists to round out the second phase of the HJ poster program. Artists were drawn from an exhibition at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery and from Museo’s curation.
From the start, Museo worked with Arlene Gotshalk (Pajaro Valley Arts and Santa Cruz Arts Alliance) who co-piloted the course of the Hablamos Juntos | Together We Speak project. The posters focus attention on the artwork (front) and introduce the artists through interviews on the back.
These poster files print on both sides of an 11” x 17” sheet. They are free for download.
Museo Eduardo Carrillo long admired the work of the Young Writers Program. We thought that creating a partnership with them would enhance our mutual objectives to bring Latino art to students and stimulate the teen’s connection to the art and themselves through the YWP immersive writing program. The books featured here and at YWP share portions of those poignant, sometimes amusing and very real personal teen narratives.
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Video from Young Writers’ Event at BookShop Santa Cruz