This summer I opened up my gallery and hosted a week long youth art camp. My students and I had a blast! We created a mural panel together as our collaborative piece together. We brainstormed ideas, sketched, laid out our mural and worked on it throughout the week between our individual projects. Next- I had the students work on their… Read more →
Any chance I get, I LOVE to volunteer my time with the youth at the John Valenzuela Youth Center “JYVC” in South Tucson.
I hosted a 3 day mural painting workshop with the youth surrounding the Dia De Los Muertos theme. The first panel was a traditional view showcasing a sugar skull and papel picado. Second panel depicted an altar and we added a photo of John Valenzuela, the police officer who the center is named by. The third panel was of the All Souls Procession that is celebrated in Tucson.
What a wonderful time to share the old and new traditions of Dia De Los Muertos and to spend time with youth in my community.
Thank you JVYC!
The Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center at the University of Arizona invited me to paint with their students over 2 days during César Chávez week.
The students and I discussed, the farmers movement and how best to honor all the leaders in the past helped create and nurture the movement. The students shared how important the Guerrero Center has been to each of them, providing them inclusion, and cultural support. The students and I had a wonderful time collectively creating the two mural panels and it also gave them a much needed break from finals.
I was invited back to the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota to work with the young students at Tower View Alternative school on a mural panel project. We collaborated on the story and message we wanted to tell through our art piece, and decided to share the students thoughts and feelings about what they experienced at a traditional school vs. their current alternative school environment.
We discussed the elements of each piece of the mural and over the course of the next few days, painted, collaborated and learned so much from one another. The days were full of snow and the girls were so ready for winter to be over as it was already April and so many cold snowy months had already passed that creating art for several days was a nice break for everyone.
At the end of our week project, the students presented our mural panels to their fellow students, instructors and the Red Wing Arts Association who sponsored our project. It was wonderful to hear how empowered these young women felt being in an alternative high school that made them feel safe, comfortable and ready to learn.
Tucson’s Museum Of Contemporary Art held their MOCA at Home art event at the home of friend & art collector Eugenia Woods. A piece that she commissioned me to paint was the main event of the evening. MOCA created this event to invite modern art patrons to see modern art displayed in homes of Tucsonans. Eugenia is a playwright, and… Read more →
The Environment Education Exchange commissioned me to create the artwork for the 2016 Tucson Water’s Activity Book for Water Smart Kids! This was a really fun project for me to give life to characters that youth could relate to and learn from. I especially enjoyed illustrating Tucson Water’s Mascot, Pete the Beak! The activity book is all about water reliability… Read more →
Three years ago we adopted a pocket park in our neighborhood along with our amazing friends from Popcycle Shop! We’ve worked with several community members/volunteers over the past few years to clean up the park that was being used as a dumping site for old furniture and constructions material. All the work and networking with our community has created some… Read more →
Trees for Tucson initiated a beautification project at Hollinger Middle School through a Wells Fargo Community LIFT grant. Katie Gannon, Director of Trees for Tucson invited me to assist in creating a more inviting hallway for student and staff at Hollinger Middle School. I began by visiting the school and the group of GATE student in the service learning group… Read more →
The Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona invited 5 artists to speak about their art and how it reflects the environment, climate change and community. I was honored to be one of the invited artists to speak. I shared all about what I have been doing to stimulate awareness throughout the Tucson community about the effects of… Read more →
Tucson Arizona gets plenty of winter visitors. Well, a pair of these visitors were visiting from Red Wing, Minnesota and stopped by the Tucson Tamale Company. They noticed and enjoyed my art, and decided to buy a few pieces to take back home with them to Minnesota. During a following trip to Tucson, they reached out to me because they… Read more →