Artist: Rizzhel Javier
This installation represented The New Children’s Museum’s exciting year-long collaboration with the People + Places project and its creator, local artist, Rizzhel Javier. The mission of People + Places was to provide an inclusive space for communities to share stories about where they are and the places they live. The contents of this gallery represented the contributions of hundreds of People + Places participants who took part in artist-led workshops at community partner organizations throughout the 2018 year and during the Museum’s annual Mass Creativity program. These partner organizations included: Barrio Logan College Institute; Casa Familiar; Skyline Hills Library in partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA) and Made in Paradise Hills; Solutions for Change; South Bay Community Services; Southern Sudanese Community Center; and The San Diego LGBT Community Center.
Through this installation, Museum visitors learned more about this project and take part in its spirit of community connection. Activities included a neighborhood play space, a photo booth opportunity for connecting with loved ones, a recording station for individual and group story sharing and related story books about family, home and community.
Partial funding and additional community support for the People + Places installation in The Community Gallery has been provided by: California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant; the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the University of California San Diego’s Institute of Arts and Humanities.
To learn more about the People + Places Project, please visit the project website: www.peopleandplacesproject.com