Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Stories

Rumsey Street Collective Vote Code: 66554

Sammy Publes and Shie Moreno work with neighbors and Cultura Collective artists on an exterior mural that presents a bright counterpoint to the transitioning space above it. Inside, an intimate video installation allows visitors to hear directly from community members about the changes they are witnessing. The front stage will hold an ofrenda, displaying memorabilia and photographs from past community events, while also hosting the choreographies of Yesenia Gomez and dancers from Vizions Dance and Willie Bolden’s Golden Ark, an homage to memories of his time spent living in houses across the street, which are now gone. In the front and back wings of the sanctuary are installations by Fernando Ramirez, Gustavo Enrique Bastidas Medina, and Enrique Andrade, who have repurposed artifacts and structural elements from the church exterior to share their insights on how culture impacts change. Roli Mancera’s Corazon Partido (Split Heart) rests on the front lawn. Next door to the church, the old rectory hosts an installation by Colby Roanhorse, who explores the shifting concept of ‘Home.’ Noemi Gonzalez’s photographs of neighborhood leaders of all ages greet you in the next room. Across the street, George Eberhardt, Chris Garcia and Esteban Covarrubias have created a new mural that covers the exterior of the auto garage. Inside, Crystal Campbell heightens the effect of artifacts and relics found in changing neighborhoods around the country prompting contemplation. Focusing on local figures, Josh Solas uses mixed media to document his journey with local business owner Synia Jordan. On the opposite wall more than 1,000 drawings by Sofía Ramirez-Hernandez will display her non-negotiable daily practice, which demonstrates the need for self-documentation. Digital drawings by Javier Torres share the artist’s perspectives about the change happening around him, both in his neighborhood and in the country; Nancy Quero and Gerardo Flores20 will display textiles and outfits from the variety of cultures represented in the neighborhood on a stage created from repurposed wood, doors, and windows from now-demolished homes; and, Jovan Naves21 will host a marketplace for on-site screen printing of images submitted by local artists.

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