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Finally! A mural for the Denholm Building in downtown Worcester!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

We took this pic of the sad looking side of the DB several months ago  – and said the building was crying out for a mural! InCity Times has been pushing for more murals in the city for years! Well, we and thousands of other Woo folks got our prayer answered! We only wish the city had hired our ol’ pal PITO, a young Latino man, Worcester born and bred,  a guy who has created tons of street art in Woo, taken classes at the Worcester Art Museum and would have come up with something amazing!

Giving a LOCAL LATINO ARTIST - a TALENTED local artist – such fantastic exposure would have been so GREAT for Worcester.

Instead, a Cambridge-based artist landed the job. We wonder HOW he was chosen – how much outreach was done to minority, local artists. I’m sure the chosen muralist is nice and talented, BUT WORCESTER COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE GONE LOCAL!

Well, as long as things are happening …  We can’t wait to see the painting begin!

EXCITEMENT for our downtown!!! Hooray!!!

- R. Tirella

InCity Voices: Fear No Art!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Donna Vayo

I remember when I was a young child … I loved to color, draw, make stuff. When I was in elementary school, “arts and crafts” was my favorite class! I was one of a few students with a natural artistic talent. Art came easily to me and it was a lot of fun. My imagination could run WILD! I could express myself freely through my art.

When I got to high school I met many very groovy, talented artists like myself. Art contests were very popular when I was in high school, and I won many awards and ribbons that made me feel great about myself! I loved hearing how good I was in art from my peers with whom I attended class and competed. Gym class, athletics, just weren’t for me!

Thankfully, we had an art program in school. These days, school-budget cuts have affected all extra curricular activities, such as art and music classes. It’s so important for children (and adults!) to be able to be creative. By creating something tangible and visual and not being “judged” – because there’s no “bad art” – kids/adults get to see and explore parts of themselves they may not have consciously acknowledged. Art takes them to their core … A gift!!! It’s all good! Today many public schools have few programs and Worcester’s Quinsigamond Village Community Center has closed its doors. There is no after school art programs or activities for our neighborhood kids, who may not have the money to take museum classes, etc. No fun. No socialization. No learning. NO ART!

Here’s where my latest venture comes in …

I have taught children’s art classes at the Worcester Art Museum and have owned art galleries throughout Worcester where I hosted an array of art classes for kids (and adults), as well as painted (with my friends) community murals – all over the city. “Fear no Art,” my baby, has opened in Quinsig Village, at 28 Greenwood St, here in Worcester. My shop offers art, antique and consignment. We are also offe art classes. For kids and adults. Once school begins we will have an after-school art program. ADULTS ARE ALSO INVITED to attend with their kids. They can also take their own classes.

My mission is to get our city’s children and adults out of their homes and off their computers and digital devices of all sorts! Get them out into the neighborhood creating, imagining, wondering ….

Please join me in what will prove to be a very cool trip!

The 11th annual Boston Latino International Film Festival

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Opening Film and Reception: 

Thursday, October 25th

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University

Closing Film and Reception:

Sunday, October 28th

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

The 11th Boston Latino International Film Festival at Harvard University and Northeastern University

Boston – Only America’s biggest and greatest cities host Latino film festivals; Boston is one of such cities. This year the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) will host its 11th annual event which will be filled with four intense days of films, receptions and special events in four days on between October 25th- 28th

BLIFF is a yearly event on it’s 11 edition. Every year we receive between 250 – 300 applying films to our festival. This year BLIFF will be hosted between Oct. 25-28 at Northeastern and Harvard University and will screen a selection of 60 films from 15 Latin American countries.

“The Northeastern community is proud to host this important festival and proud to showcase the beauty, depth, and creativity of Latino/a and Latin American cinema, diversity and culture.” said Professor Alan West-Durán, Director of the Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern University. Professor West-Duran is also in charge of bringing BLIFF to Northeastern University,

Films will be screened at two different venues: at the John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University and at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Prices will be  $10 per program at both locations. ALL FILMS IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE WILL BE SUBTITLE IN ENGLISH. Panels, the opening and closing receptions will be free and open.

“Eleven years ago we had an idea to provide the greater Boston community with a high-quality film festival that would capture and highlight the diverse experiences of Latinos in the United States and abroad. Since then, the festival has grown immensely, and support from the community has been phenomenal,” said Jose Barriga, founder and director of the festival.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is committed to breaking stereotypes and building communities by using the medium of film to strengthen inter-cultural understanding and promote work of independent filmmakers. Over 60 films from over 14 countries will be featured, including the United States, Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Mexico, among others. All of these films will be premiering in Boston.

BLIFF 2009 is sponsored in part by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University, Vista Higher Learning, El Planeta, MasTV, TuBoston.com, Heineken, BASE, Hope and Confort, The Association of Mexican Restaurant of New England and Jose’s Mexican Restaurant.


2012 BOSTON LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

THURSDAY, October 25

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University

5.30 p.m. OPENING RECEPTION (FREE)

6.45 p.m. OPENING PROGRAM

Luminaris / Spain / Juan Pablo Zaramella / 2012 / 6min / Short

Long Distance / Cuba / Esteban Insausti / 2010 / 93min / Narrative Feature – Trailer 1Trailer 2

9.00 p.m.

The Perfection in your hand / Spain /Guillermo P. Bosch / 10min / Short

Mayan Renaissance / Guatemala / Dawn Engle / 2012 / 68min / Documentary – Trailer

 

FRIDAY, October 26

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

7.15 p.m. Flamenco Program

Mexico Flamenco / Spain-Mexico / Josep Badell & Carlos Snachez-Llibre / 2012 / 53min / Documentary – Trailer

9.30 p.m.  Spanish Shorts Program

A Story for the Modlins / Sergio Oksman / 26min / Doc – Trailer

That Wasn’t Me / Esteban Crespo / 23min / Fic

The Birth / Xavi Sala / 14min / Fic

The Wedding / Marina Seresesky / 12min / Fic – Trailer

What the eye doesn’t see / Natalia Mateo / 15min / Fic

Prologue / Lucas Figueroa / 8min / Fic

.Sub / Jossie Malis Alvarez / 15min / Fic – Trailer

Zombi / David Moreno /  12min / Fic – Trailer

 

SATURDAY, October 27

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

1.30 p.m. PANEL (FREE)

Contemporary Cuba: Film and Media

3.00 p.m. Cuban Shorts Program #2

AM / Dariela Minoso / 13min / Fic

Delirio / Alejandro E. Alonso & Lazaro O. Lemus / 8min / Doc

Madre, la tierra / Ernesto Perez / 15min / Doc

Afuera / Vanessa Portieles & Yanelvis Gonzalez / 20min / Fic

La Sasita / Ariagna Fajardo / 19min / Doc

 

4.30 p.m. International Program

Known Secrets / Honduras / James Joint / 17min

El Rey / US – Central America – Austria / Stefan Lechner / 53min / Documentary – Trailer

 

6.00 p.m. Immigration Program #1

Underprivileged / USA / Rafael Lanus / 15min

Incommunicado / P. Alberto Sanchez / 9min

Q&A with Director P. Sanchez & Producer Mike Paskett

Admissions / Chloe Smolarski / 50min / Documentary  - Trailer

Q&A with Visiting Director

 

AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

SATURDAY, October 27

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

2.00 p.m. International Program

The World Outside / USA / Zachary Kerschberg / 10mi

Q&A with visiting Director

Delivery / Fabien Ortiz / 12 min.

La Mirada Perdida / Argentina / Damian Dionisio / 11min

La Camioneta / Guatemala – USA / Mark Kendall / 72 min / Documentary – Trailer

4.00 p.m. With My Heart In Yambo / Ecuador / 138min / Documentary – Trailer

6.00 p.m. Central American Program

Inside El Porvenir / Honduras- Switzerland / Rainer Hoffmann & Erika Harzer / 2012 / 85min / Documentary

Q&A with Director Rainer Hoffman

Co-Presented by: Swissnex Boston – Consulate of Switzerland – Trailer

SUNDAY, October 28

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

 

4.30 p.m.  Arts, Crafts & Local Economies

Banking on Trust / Argentina / LeeAndrea Morton / 38min / Documentary – Trailer

Silvestre Pantaleón / Mexico / Roberto Olivares / 65min /Documentary

6.30 p.m. CLOSING FILM

Esperanza / USA / Michael Martinez / 9min / Fic

Anyone Out There / Brazil / Tiaraju Aronovich / 2012 / 115min / Narrative Feature – BLIFF’s Curator’s 2012 Choice!

8.30 – 9.30 P.M. CLOSING RECEPTION (FREE)

 

Culture art and design Beyond Obama’s Hope: the work of Shepard Fairey

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Shepard Fairey images: Love is the Drug

Shepard Fairey images: You Don’t Need a Weatherman

From The Guardian: “The artist who created the iconic 2008 poster of the US president talks us through that and other key works. Shepard Fairey’s exhibition, Sound & Vision, is showing at The Old Truman Brewery, London, from 19 October – 4 November 2012″

To see other posters by Shepard Fairey,  click on the link below  R. T. :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/oct/17/obamas-hope-the-work-of-shepard-fairey#/?picture=397920400&index=3