Familias Separadas Project

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2020-10-02
  • Organization: Michelle Angela Ortiz
  • Organization Type: Studio
  • Career Type: Teaching Artist, Educator
  • Grant / Salary: $5000
  • Location: Raleigh, NC/ Tacoma, WA/ Dover, NH, NH
  • Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

The Familias Separadas Project is seeking mid-career visual artists with demonstrated experience in film/video and photography in addition to traditional mediums (painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media etc.). Ideal applicants should have a commitment to community-based projects, public art, and experience in working with immigrant communities. Applicants should also have an openness to collaboration with grassroots organizers and community partners (prior collaborative experience helpful). The Familias Separadas Project is prioritizing artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, Immigrant and/or Undocumented.

Artist must reside in or near the following regions:
-Dover, New Hampshire (preferably an artist that speaks Indonesian)
-Tacoma, Washington (preferably bilingual English and Spanish)
-Raleigh, North Carolina (preferably bilingual English and Spanish)

ABOUT THE FAMILIAS SEPARADAS PROJECT: The “Familias Separadas” project, created by Lead Artist, Michelle Angela Ortiz, focuses on the stories of families living in the United States and how they have been impacted by deportations. The main goal of the project is to create moments of healing and to shift the focus from statistics/numbers of deportations to seeing the father, mother, brother that has been torn apart from their families. View Phase One (2015) and Phase Two (2017-2018).

The project will build on the stories of undocumented immigrant families- loved ones and/or members that are currently or formerly detained. Families will be engaged in virtual story circles, theatre and playwriting techniques, and creative sessions focused on healing and sharing their stories. Community partners that will offer support to the project and participating families include Mom’s Rising, Mamas con Poder, and local community partners focused on immigrant rights.

The selected team of local artists will assist the lead artist in collecting stories and in building large-scale site-specific public art installations in each of the three cities. The installations will become a visual platform activated by storytelling through video and audio performances in communities that reside near immigrant detention facilities in 1) Dover, New Hampshire/ Strafford County Detention Center, (2) Tacoma, Washington, Northwest Detention Center (3) Raleigh, North Carolina/ Wake County Detention Center.

The installations & video vignettes will be presented at each site and broadcasted online. The intention is to reclaim space and share the participants’ stories of struggle, strength, love, humor, and resilience in the midst of a system that is constantly devaluing their existence. The intention of creating these spaces is to share our stories, celebrate one another, and spark others to take action to end the threat of detention and deportations within our communities.