Community Partners Reflect on Plan de Arte Cívico

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On Saturday, February 16th, Las Imaginistas invited a group of thought leaders to our studio space for an intimate conversation about our project, Hacemos la Ciudad.

The group of educators, activists, artists, and creators came together over coffee and pan dulce to reflect about their experiences with the project over. The group’s unique perspective as collaborators who have been involved with the project at various stages provided indispensable insights about the direction and impact of Hacemos la Ciudad.

Idelfonso Ortiz, a community member and Taller de Permiso small business fellow, said he appreciated the sense of community he gained from participating in the project.

Joe Uvalles, a dragtivist and LGBTQ rights advocate who performs as Beatrix Lestrange, spoke about his work combining activism and community organizing with drag performances:

“People didn’t want to believe in what I had pictured in my head for my community. Finding people to believe in me, to allow me to be creative and think about making a space for people like me was really powerful. Projects like Hacemos la Ciudad let people know it’s okay to have these creative thoughts, to have a vision for yourself and for you community.”

The insights and information shared during the focus group will inform the final stage of Hacemos la Ciudad. For the final phase of the project, we will be collaborating with artists and community members to perform speculative fictions about the future of Brownsville, will unveil our to scale model of downtown Brownsville, and will create the Plan de Arte Civico del Pueblo Entero (Civic Art Plan for all the People).  

Nansi Guevara