Opening: May 8th, 2020
Join us virtually as we celebrate Working Classrooms students’ artwork from their 2020 Spring season! The event will showcase student work ranging from mosaic, painting, and projection mapping! Come spend the evening with us from the comfort of your own home while practicing social distance. Student art will be for sale so please join us in support as young student-artists look to alleviate financial stresses in such trying times.
We proudly present a limited online stream of “Waiting Room Poem” by hazel batrezchavez. The stream will only be available May 04- May 18, 2020.
“my grandmother is here tonight
she writes like this
highlighter on lineless paper
she pins them onto her mirror
so her survival tactics are reflected back at me
In The Waiting Room
where i am standing just as i am here now
surrounded by whiteness to my right and left
i don’t run here anymore, because there is no where to go ”
– excerpt from In the Waiting Room Poem by hazel batrezchavez
In the Waiting Room, is an exhibition that bears witness to the places where
individuals are asked to perform their identity, in highlighting the microaggressions
faced by someone who is racialized in crossing borders, inverting practices of authority
and focusing on the historical violence of language. In the Waiting Room, draws
parallels between the southern border and the institution as systems of oppression that
take up space and silence certain humans. The work is built as a reaction to the
current cultural landscape the artist navigates and moves freely between the written word,
large scale sculpture, textiles, performance, and video installation.
Sheri Crider in conjunction with New Mexico Craft Responders worked with volunteers: Andrea Deleon, Earl McBride, Amanda Dannáe Romero and Kristen Angerbauer with UNM Architecture to produce intubation boxes for healthcare providers. Intubation Boxes are reusable acrylic protective devices, originally designed by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan, that sit over the head and shoulders of COVID-19 patients. The box acts as a protective shield between the patient and medical provider, with the intent of reducing the healthcare provider’s exposure to COVID-19. After each intubation, the box can be easily cleaned with a bleach or alcohol solution.
“Sheri took her first box to Lovelace Health System here in Albuquerque where doctors used it and immediately ordered 12 more. Since the first batch, she and a crew of volunteers…have made more that have gone everywhere from Roswell to Zuni.”
USE Makerspace Steps Up to Help Make/Distribute PPE for Frontline Healthcare Workers | CNM
Link to article: https://www.cnm.edu/news/fuse-makerspace-steps-up-to-help-make-distribute-personal-protective-equipment-for-frontline-healthcare-workers
March 25, 2020
807 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Sanitary Tortilla Factory and the ACLU are partnering to screen a powerful triptych, Grrrl Justice, for The Day of Empathy 2020. On March 25 we will join hundreds of activists sharing their experiences and stories. Exemplifying the human consequences of the criminal justice system. Grrrl Justice follows the stories of three characters – one being released from juvenile detention, another being exploited by a sex trafficker, and one navigating the school to prison pipeline. The film examines how traumatic backgrounds including family violence, racism, poverty, sexual abuse, homophobia and transphobia attach young people to systems that criminalize them, rather than alleviate the impacts of systemic oppression in their lives. It also takes an honest look at how these youth are employing their agency, body autonomy, and healthy resistance in pursuit of their own liberation.
At this critical moment in criminal justice reform, girls and queer youth of color are largely being left out of the broader public conversation – even as they have the fastest rising rates of incarceration. Among girls involved in the juvenile justice system, African-American, Native American and Latina youth are vastly over-represented and face harsher sentences and outcomes. 40% of girls in the juvenile justice system identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or gender non-conforming, and 85% of LGBTQ incarcerated youth are the youth of color. Grrrl Justice centers this reality while asking its audience members to consider their role in supporting the conditions for healthy girlhood. Grrrl Justice is produced by the Visionary Justice StoryLab with support from the Right of Return Fellowship. The national community engagement series and additional media is made possible by the generous support of individual donors and the NOVO Foundation.