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7325: mural project documentary (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <email@example.com>
>Hands On Miami is coordinating a community-based art project designed to
>bring diverse communities together by creating a mural. The Haitian
>American Foundation and the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Center
>both serve an elderly immigrant population. We will involve their members
>in a "Cumbite"/"Kombit", preparatory sessions during which members of
>theparticipating agencies will get to know each other through a discussion
>of the visual images important to their culture and background. The
>participants will also discuss ideas they want reflected in the mural.
>They will be asked a series of questions (somewhat like an oral
>history),designed to learn more about each individual, focusing on
>similarities in the two cultures. They will be encouraged to bring a small
>personal object exemplifies that person's expression of his/her culture.
>The artist/facilitator/ Xavier Cortada, will then incorporate those points
>and objects into a sketch of the proposed mural. The creation of a
>documentary would enhance this project in many
>ways. The visual elements in this project are people representing two
>cultures and panels created by these people. The video will record the
>meetings, the oral history interviews and the artwork. It is believed that
>the video will enhance the project because it will record the oral
>histories of people whose life experiences span two cultures. The
>documentary will plore and record the impact of migration on their lives.
>The video recording of the oral histories will preserve the unique
>experiences of the current generation of Haitian and Hispanic immigrants
>and their recent experiences in our community. This documentary will go
>beyond the recording of the creation of two murals. It will also document
>the people whose histories and life experiences formed the basis of the
>murals. The documentary hopefully will provide a lasting record of both.
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