Opening Reception June 13 at 6 pm
Still We Rise, an installation by Urbano Youth Artists, and Alone Together, Together Alone, an exhibition of Nora Valdez’s work.
Valdez has been artist-in-residence at Urbano Project since April 10. Her ten-week youth project revolves around the theme of personal resilience and sustainability, focusing on art-making as an act of healing.
“At Urbano when you do an installation, everyone understands— you can put the process, concept, and visuals together, and everyone can pitch in because everyone here is an artist. The students have incredible talent; they are motivated and have the knowledge to go a little deeper. The group of students that come here are young artists, and the staff are artists too; it’s a whole team of collaborators,” says Valdez.
Valdez is leading a class in the studio at Urbano, working with youth artists on Still We Rise, an installation with an original music track. Many local youth have been subjected to various kinds of violence including domestic, bullying, psychological, and the violence of discrimination. Through writing, drawing, and 3D art-making, Valdez and students are exploring times of strength and healing, discovering their own resiliency in the process.
“Working in a new musical style got me thinking big, outside the bubble,” said youth artist Vinny Alves, who created the new track with mentorship from composer Alexander Barsov.
Alone Together, Together Alone is an exhibition of work by Valdez in Urbano’s front gallery. She presents a series of figurative sculptures and drawings honoring the heart, emotions, the home, immigration, and confronting difficult situations in the search for happiness. These themes originate in her personal and cultural identity.