Stories through Murals




STORIES THROUGH MURALS: From the Domincan Republic to Durham, NC. Exploring the Past, Present, and Future

John Hope Franklin Center Gallery (1st floor). 2204 Erwin Road. Durham, NC

Building community through the arts - engaging, interactive, vibrant, expansive and inclusive – this is the work of MARHMI, a collective artistic movement originating from “Las Hermanas Mirabal,” a province in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2009, after the development of one of the Caribbean’s largest muralist projects (including over 360 large, inspiring murals painted throughout the province), a group of approximately 200 artists came together under the leadership of Hector Blanco.  Through their work, they attempt to break barriers and cross borders while striving to seek solutions that maximize human dignities and potentials found in society.

In 2010 and 2011, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) led groups of Durham Public School (DPS) teachers and community college faculty on study tours to the Dominican Republic. Teachers experienced first hand, how murals are an exercise in building community and consciousness-raising. With funding from CLACS and the Duke Center for Civic Engagement, Hector Blanco was invited to work with DPS teachers and students in 2010, and in the summer of 2011, he came with six artists (Maximo Ceballos, Anthony Vasquez, Federico Velasquez, Carlos Veras, Ezequiel Soto and Alberto Rodriguez). Hector taught the teachers and students: “Before you can paint a mural, you need to know your history and the story behind this history.”  With this understanding, students together with their teachers worked with a community center and local senior citizens groups, to document their stories and the story of Durham, which was then honored in a mural painted within the community center. Additional stories and histories are honored and shared in murals painted at Hillside High School, Shepard Middle School and are currently being developed for the Durham School of the Arts and Josephine Dobbs Early College High School.

 

A group of artist will be present during three weeks in November, developing a series of projects with three Durham schools. 

Mural at Hillside High School. Durham. 2010




Mural at Holton Community Center. Durham. 2011


For more info on the events and on the artists visit contact: LeAnne Disla < ld69@duke.edu>

Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.pm | Guides visits by request: (919) 681 3982 / ld69@duke.edu

 


Reception with the artists:
November 15th. 5pm. at the gallery.

A group of MARHMI artists will be present during three weeks in November, developing a series of projects with three Durham Public Schools.


For more info on the events and on the artist’s visit contact: LeAnne Disla < ld69@duke.edu>

Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.pm | Guided visits by request: (919) 681 3982 / ld69@duke.edu


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