Community arts residency at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts collaborating with students at the Latin American Community Center on a project focusing on personal geography concluding with an exhibition and performance in the Museum. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Summer 2010.
Beginning with investigating personal space and mapmaking, after looking at the local surroundings and examining Wilmington, we collaboratively created a new town the students named Mesatly Town. Stories were told and maps through out the town were drawn up. They then built large scale cardboard structures as places they wanted and didn’t want to inhabit in the town, the context of the dualism was based of conversations about art pieces that affected them in the museum that had both sides of the story. We then created the Piñata as a Portal between Wilmington and Mesatly Town. To be covered with maps of where the students were from (Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York and Delaware) and covered with houses, inside were wishes to the future, soft objects representing things they would want in this town, one that doesn’t lay in the imagination but is actually a combination of hope, reality and dreams. At the opening there was a map of how to read the maps and detritus and a smashing Piñata event to transport us.
Special Thanks to;
The DCCA, LACC, Mr. Aracelio Caraballo, Andrea Gathers, Jane Chesson and the NEA.