Expresiones After-School Program – Mural Painting at Hacienda CDC’s Salon Comunal

Expresiones After-School Program – Mural Painting at Hacienda CDC’s Salon Comunal


[MUSIC PLAYING] Like a wave, you know? Depending on the shape. Get more paint. There you go. My name is William Hernandez. I’m from Peru and
a visual artist. And also, I’m also the co-director of Ideal. It’s a Latino group. We collaborate together. And this is the first sign
that we just are all together to make the mural. So from the beginning
of this project, we knew that we were working
with kids through Expresiones, this after-school
program supported by Portland Children’s Levy. So the kids came in the
morning for our workshop, designed nature, the
flowers, and then came through the afternoon
to work with the artists in the same place. So this is something unique,
because kids and part of this community were
involved in this mural. The kids that are painting
these flowers below here. They have realized that
they could do something with their lives. They can learn the skills. Just like they
learn how to paint, they can learn
anything else that would help them in the future
to achieve their dreams. I think that that’s one of the
most important things to me. But when the kids learn to
visualize something, draw it, paint it, they’re
the same skills that you learn for a person
to be successful in life. Some kids may do abstract art. Some other kids, they
may get more realistic, their brushstroke,
their tracing. And it’s a part of how they
can express themselves. And it’s not about doing
realistic paintings. It’s about just
realizing who they are. As an immigrant myself, you
can have many, many reasons to move to a different place,
particularly the population and the people that
live in the area. Trying to find a better place
to live and more opportunities for themselves and
their families, we decided to try to work
with a background of them and their cultures
slowly bringing some dreams. That is in the last
part of the mural. That might be the reason why
they are in this country. We live in a world
where there are so many stereotypes of
how we need to live and how we are supposed to look. So having a mural that
is showing someone with your color, someone
that looks like you, someone that dresses like you
is something beautiful. I think it’s very important. And I think we don’t
have enough of that. We should have more. So I think it’s a win-win
situation, for the kids, for the artists, for the city. After this celebration,
everyone is going back to their studios and their
work and their busy days. And then that will
be here forever. And hopefully, kids can
be proud of their work. So this is something awesome.

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