June16-19 in Detroit!
Thanks to the Leeway Foundation I was able to attend this conference. The whole trip was a part of events had a bit of serendipity relating to the direction for my future work. I have many projects going on and possible plans. As I spent the previous weeks closing a door in my 16 years of teaching lower school I have looked up to the sky and asked where to now? Deep in my heart I know that something exciting awaits me.
I had that in my mind as well as trips to interview my family in Lansing, I have been wanting to include uncles and my cousins for an archival project I have been working on titled “Unfolding the Life of Blanca Estela. I was not sure how I could fit this in my summer plans until the conference opened the opportunity to meet my family in Detroit in-between conferences for dinner.
The conference dynamic was youthful and full of a diverse community. I loved seeing everyone’s interest in ways to share their concerns and be heard through their art form and the media available to resonate it. The panels and workshops offered participants the ability to meet and experience media in a new way that is accessible.
I loved “Chicanafuturism and media based Storytelling” presented by Mathew Galindo. His work presentation covered new artist working with multi-media such as film, zines, by Tahnee Udero Autumn Chacon and Mathew’s own work,
Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective’s Introduced me to Maria Cotera, Ramiro Alvarez, Beatriz Lozano, Marco Maria Seiferle-Valencia http://chicanapormiraza.org. I enjoyed reflecting at the possibilities of podcasts and how I could use it in the future. I am an NPR fanatic; they keep me company while I drive. While I was attending a podcast workshop I had the chance to meet one of my favorite storytellers, Shannon Cason (www.shannoncason.com) I had just heard one of his stories on Snap Judgment and was filled with emotions just a few days before.
As a narrative painter who is working on a visual narrative on my grandmother I felt in sync with my artistic interests.
Other aspect fell into place as well, the Detroit Institute of Art shared their Diego Rivera Mural in a time that I am working on a collaborative public piece with the Brandywine Workshop and Archive, and my trip to the original Motown shared insight to what great things can come out of artistic passion and perseverance.
I would highly recommend this conference next year to anyone interested in art, technology and tools for social justice. Thank you again Leeway Foundation for offering me the chance to attend something I was in destine to attend!