The free digital event, part of Doors Open 2021, will feature five-minute “lightning round” presentations from seven community projects, using multimedia and storytelling to share their backstory.
In the lead up, we’re publishing mini-features on the projects, including the new Dolores Huerta mural and developments in Clarke Square as well as Quan Caston’s Chess and Art Academics Club.
Dolores Huerta mural and developments in Clarke Square
Public art has blossomed on Cesar E. Chavez Drive in recent years and this summer, artists Nyia Luna and GirlMobb added an important dimension to that collection, creating a collaborative mural honoring labor rights legend Dolores Huerta located at 1247 S. Cesar Chavez Drive. Blocks from artist Ck Ledesma’s representation of Huerta’s iconic rallying call “Si Se Puede,” the new mural is the most recent project of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative artist-in-residence program.
This presentation will be given by artist Nyia Luna and Dr. Patricia Nájera, executive director of Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, who will share other developments taking place in the neighborhood.
Quan Caston’s Chess and Art Academics Club
A multitalented veteran of community work, Quan Caston spent this summer working with Metcalfe Park youths participating in his Chess and Art Academic Club. Caston uses chess sets and dictionaries as tools to open the door for lessons in literacy, critical thinking, intergenerational relationships and more. The club was organized in partnership with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges.
Caston will give the presentation.