Urbano Project Presenting David Buckley Borden’s ‘Proposed Futures: Then and Now’

Environmental challenges are continually increasing. Ecological awareness is the foundation of environmental action and proactive stewardship. Artist and designer David Buckley Borden’s creative use of the “proposal” provokes us to imagine a variety of environmental futures and urges us to do more for the planet in "Proposed Futures: Then and Now." Informed by ecological research and community engagement, Borden explores a collaborative approach to environmental education through accessible art and design, ranging from speculative design proposals to installations in both the gallery and the landscape. ​Urbano Project is hosting "David Buckley Borden | Proposed Futures: Then and Now," an exhibition exploring how art and design can foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision-making, March 30 – May 17, 2018.

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Tortilla Social Opening Reception

An opening reception for the Tortilla Social final exhibition will be held on Friday, December 8, 6-9pm at the Urbano Project in JP's Brewery Complex. Featuring the premiere of the Mini Tortilla Social Documentary video co-produced by Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Faizal Westcott & Darren Cole, the event will celebrate the building of community by sharing food and art. An exhibition of prints created during workshops held this fall will be on view at Urbano, December 8, 2017 - March 2, 2018. The Tortilla Social exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public. Urbano’s Gallery at 29 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain is open Monday-Friday, 1-6pm and Saturday, 10-2pm.

Bilingual Public Conversation on Value of Boston’s Immigrants on Thursday in JP

WBUR's Louise Kennedy will moderate a conversation on the value of, and challenges to Boston's rich immigrant community inspired by Nora Valdez's Immigration Nation art exhibit at the Urbano Project. Immigration Nation is a visual art installation that consists of more than 400 suitcases made by immigrants who came to the US. To create the exhibition Valdez held workshops for several months reaching out to people of all ages, asking them to create their own suitcase that showed their own personal immigration story. Valdez led workshops at Urbano Project, Boston Evening Academy in Roxbury, the Woods Mullen Homeless Shelter in Dorchester, the Fenway High School, her own studio and throughout Egleston Square. Kennedy will be joined by guest panelists Alejandra St. Guillen (Director of Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston), Anthony Marino (Director of Legal Services, Irish International Immigrant Center), and artist Nora Valdez.

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Art Installation Features 400 Suitcases Showcasing Journeys of American Immigrants

An visual art installation opening this week at the Urbano Project called Immigration Nation consists of more than 400 suitcases made by immigrants who came to the US. The art installation by Dorchester artist Nora Valdez will be on view at the Urbano Project (29 Germania St.) from May 24 through July 30, 2017. There will be opening reception, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm. “This project is to show that this nation is made mostly by immigrants, and for us to feel proud of where we come from and to celebrate the diversity that makes this country great," said Valdez via press release. "Immigration Nation is a vehicle for immigrants to share their individual journeys using suitcases.

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Urbano Project Hosts Music, Poetry and Art Series at Librería Donceles

Urbano Project is pleased to announce a series of bilingual salon-like gatherings to be held at Librería Donceles, a participatory art installation and meeting place for the community in JP's Brewery Complex. Events include an homage to Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos on Feb. 17th, a performance by Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Fernandito Ferrer on Feb. 22nd, a book arts workshop with Sara Rivera and Denise Delgado on March 4th; and a book launch/story slam with Suzanne Skees, author of "My Job: Real People at Work Around the World" on March 16th. More events, presented in partnership with local organizations, will be announced throughout the winter.

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