Ana Garcia (left,) explaining the cultural importance of the song, La Llorona, with a translator who is also a friend, at the first Hispanic Heritage Month Festival in Mexico, MO, on Friday, October 12th, 2018. Ms. Garcia, a DACA recipient, is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, and organized the festival with the help of a few friends in this small rural town in the central part of Missouri, where she lives.
As the WE project expands, I have realized the need to tell the stories behind some of the people who came up to be portrayed in the series. In seeing each other in our differences we are all stronger, but sometimes portraits and words are not enough as the issues facing people who belong to marginalized communities are deep and complex. So, after the opening of the WE project exhibit in Columbia this weekend, today marks another opening: a monthly column, in words and photographs, on the lives of some of the WE project participants and the issues they face, as well as the lives they …
The first local WE project art installation is set to be unveiled on Friday, October 19th, at 5PM in downtown Columbia. It is a 10 by 14 feet banner of one of the project's pictures. This
exhibit could not have been possible without the generous support of
700 Cherry Inc., and Sarah Dresser, of the Office of Cultural Affairs at the
City of Columbia, and of the countless people who stand behind this
project. But most of all this installation could not have existed without the help and enthusiasm of Staci Lea Linthacum, John Hooker, Lisa Braman Bartlett and Kristin Nies, who worked hours to set it up, drove across town on various errands, offered countless advice, tolerated my incessant fretting and questions, and cheered. Thank you.