On February 3rd East Harlem came together at El Museo del Barrio to explore the relationship between East Harlem and immigration. The event was coordinated by the education department of El Museo in collaboration with parent coordinators and school administrators in East Harlem. This event was the first part of a two-session program including a screening of Los Que Se Quedan, a 2008 documentary about families sharing their stories of loved ones leaving to the United States. The event was organized as a part of CLACS’s K-12 Outreach program and as part of the Indocumentales film series, co-founded by CLACS, Cinema Tropical, and what moves you?
Following the film, parents were encouraged to share their thoughts on the film. In particular, the group discussed elements of religious or family tradition they maintain today that are rooted in their place of origin.
“The discussion allowed the attendees to reflect on memories, traditions, and icons that have accompanied their own family trajectories,” says Jen Lewis, CLACS Assistant Director.
The second part of this event series happened on February 10th. Here, participants discussed the stories and experiences expressed in El Museo’s new exhibition Testimonios: 100 years of Popular Expression. The exhibit spans Latin America and the Caribbean, and the group discussed the artistic methods used to retain and honor history, place and culture. Attendees were encouraged to create their own work of art based on the Testimonios exhibit.
Located in East Harlem or El Barrio, New York City’s historically Latino neighborhood, El Museo del Barrio‘s mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.
Visit the CLACS website to learn more about the K-12 Outreach program.