AZ Commission on the Arts- Research & Development Grant

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has awarded $5,000 Research and Development Grants to 31 artists throughout the state. Grantees represent a variety of artistic disciplines and reside in communities throughout the state. Awarded through a competitive application and review process, Research & Development (R&D) Grants support Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative… Read more →

NDN Born American Made II

Our friend David Moreno, a Yaqui artist, presented us the idea to host the second showcase of contemporary art by indigenous artists. As a new galeria in the City of South Tucson, hosting this show was an important opportunity to share with the community a group of artists that reflected the folks who’ve grown up and currently live in South… Read more →

Dia De Los Muertos Art at JYVC

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! 

 

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Building Puentes Across Naciones Art Exhibition

The U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico sponsored this bi-national art exhibition at the Museo de Arte de Nogales. Building Bridges Across Nations is such an important concept, especially here in the borderlands. My art piece selected for the exhibit is called “Nuestra Raices” and it reflects the importance of my Mexican ancestral roots  in order to continually thrive and nurture my life as a  Chicana artist and U.S. Citizen.

This exhibit was so much more to me that just a showing of my art. Building Bridges across our two nations is also something very personal to me. My father, a Mexican citizen immigrated to the U.S as a teen, but lost his citizenship when I was 9 years old. That being said, he has NEVER seen any of my artworks or attended any of my art openings, being unable to come back to the U.S. This show at the MUAC in Nogales gave me the opportunity to invite my father from Baja California, Mexico to come and see my art and experience my life as an artist.

An unbelievable art opening, to meet so many talented Mexican & U.S. artists and see their thought provoking art of reflected of the Borderlands. But best of all, to invite my father into my world of art for the first time in 30 years.

Thank you Mr. Consulate & Museum of Contemporary Art Nogales!

-Mel Dominguez

 

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Art with UA student at Guerrero Center

 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.

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