I have been selected to participate in the Immigrant Art Mentoring Program:Denver, created by a partnership between the New York Foundation of the Arts and PlatteForum. The program will bring together established, professional artists as mentors with immigrant artist mentees in the seven county Denver area. The program kicks off this last weekend, the last weekend of February and ends this summer with a public exhibit.
I am so excited to connect with other Denver artists and learn about their own immigrant experiences growing up in America. I'm also thinking about what kind of work I want to make for this mentorship. I have been thinking about my dad and my grandma passing away last year, right before Covid hit us. And I have boxes of old family photos that I want to use in my paintings. I want to explore those memories, those old beliefs and compare them to where I am now, and what memories I want to create with my own kids.
It is all very fuzzy right now. I'll write down some ideas and maybe I can get some feedback this weekend from the participants about what might be fun and interesting to do.