Collaborating with animated filmmaker Dionisio Ceballos, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (specifically visual artist Marie-Astrid Do-Rodriguez, youth taking courses at the center, and musician/writer Eugene Rodriguez) have released the seven-minute animated film “Tata’s Gift” in honor of Dia de los Muertos. “Tata’s Gift” merges digital technology with indigenous Mexican textiles, video game imagery, and original music to tell the story of a young boy finding personal strength through family and heritage. The film may be viewed here.
In partnership with its community, the Police Department, and the City of East Palo Alto, Mural Music & Arts Project is about to install a new 220-foot mural in Jack Farrell Park, East Palo Alto. Developed through a collaboration with Edward (Scape) Martinez, the project’s purpose is to reclaim a police-identified “Hot Spot” as a “FIT Zone.” Martinez worked closely with neighborhood youth on creating this public artwork.
Project partners have been invited to make a special presentation to the East Palo Alto City Council on Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.–a meaningful opportunity to share the youths’, artist’s, and nonprofit’s vision for transforming some of East Palo Alto’s hot spots into places for inspiration, reflection, and community change.