Hacemos La Ciudad I Project Launch

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On July 14th, 2018 at 10am in the Brownsville Public Library Las Imaginists will launch their year long initiative to engage the community to imagine the future of the region.   Our collective exploration commences with three panel discussions and short workshops scheduled for Saturday the 14th, 21st and 28th.

Participants will be invited to actively reimagine the everyday and municipal future of Brownsville together.  After each speaker presents, collective prompts will be explored: “What does radical equity actually look like in the built environment?” or “Imagine a monument to an extraordinary person who has contributed to the future of a radically equitable Brownsville you most believe in.”

All events will take place at the Central Branch of the Brownsville Public Library, Main Branch (2600 Central Blvd.).  All events are free and open to the public. Translation to Spanish will be provided.

July 14th, History of the Land: Establishing and Visualizing the US/ Mexico Border Dr Christopher Carmona, Faculty Affiliate of Mexican American Studies Program, UTRGV; Gabriel Sanchez Borderlands and LGBTQ researcher; Sara Walker, Executive Director of the Weslaco Museum of Local History and Cultural Art;  Scott Nicol, Co-Chair of Borderlands Team, Sierra Club

July 21st, Where Are We Now: Aesthetics of Colonial Hierarchies in the Borderlands and Brownsville Dr James Jupp, Critical White Studies Scholar, UTRGV; Chloe Dotson, Director of Real Estate Development, CDCB; Dr Stephanie Alvarez, Faculty Affiliate of Mexican American Studies Program, UTRGV

July 28th, Liberate This: Liberating Public, Private and Personal Space Via the Radical Imaginary Dani Marrero Hi, Founder and Director, Neta; Lupe Flores, Scholar, Curatorial Assistant, Border Studies Archive, UTRGV; Dr. Catie J Merla-Watson, Latin@ Futurism Scholar UTRGV; Joe Colon-Uvalles, Founder Drag Out HIV Program

Hacemos La Ciudad (We Make the City) is a comprehensive civic reimagining initiative led by Las Imaginistas, an artist collective from Brownsville working in partnership with professors from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Center for Mexican American Studies. The project will examine how colonial ideology has informed the existing architecture and infrastructure of the city, and also to offer an opportunity for local residents to imagine a future Brownsville that better serves all of its residents.

The yearlong schedule of movement workshops, performances, art installations, and charrettes will consider the mind, heart, hands, and body of Brownsville, and will culminate in a Plan de Arte Cívica del Pueblo Entero (Civic Art Plan of the People).

Hacemos La Ciudad (We Make the City) is made possible through a Fellowship from A Blade of Grass and is produced by Las Imaginistas.  Composed of Celeste De Luna, Nansi Guevara and Christina Patino Houle, Las Imaginistas is a socially engaged art collective in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  The trio work independently and collaboratively using art as a tool for equity, justice and community change.

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