Visual Artist, Michelle Angela Ortiz will be screening her 30 minute documentary, “Las Madres de Berks”, as part of her "Familias Separadas" public art project which amplifies the stories of families affected by detention and deportation in Pennsy
Ortiz had unveiled Phase 2 of Familias Separadas in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Based on the interviews of four mothers formerly detained at the Berks family prison, she has installed eight large-scale public art installations.
The Familias Separadas project is a series of temporary site-specific public art works that mark the locations and documents stories of immigrant families affected by deportations in Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Michelle created the "De La Memoria Al Muro" with the Otomi indigenous migrant community in Mexico City. The same community joined her in May 2018 to create a mural in their hometown of San Santiago, Queretaro, Mexico.
Over a thousand paper flowers were created with messages of freedom for the detained families at the Berks Detention Center.
Throughout her body of work, Ortiz engages with experiences of immigration in Philadelphia, especially through family stories and intergenerational histories.
Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta.
Quizás Mañana (Maybe Tomorrow) is a new body of work that includes an animated installation, light boxes, and portraits that examines the power of familial connection, place, and story.
As part of the annual "Latinidad" Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Michelle led a collaborative mural with over 50 participants.
Somos Regla depicts "la vida cotidiana" the essence of Regla, a deeply spiritual place and that is reflected by the Afro-Cuban community.
Two public art projects honoring the migration stories told by the Mazahua and Otomi indigenous communities Mexico City, Mexico.
Nuestro Andar Florece (Our Journey Blooms), celebrates the stories of Mexican immigrant women that have planted their roots in Brooklyn, New York.
Gloria Casarez was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from West Chester University with dual degrees in criminal justice and political science. She was the founding member and community organizer of Empty the Shelters, a national housing rights and economic justice organization.
JOURNEYS SOUTH: Different Paths, One Market is a public art installation that transformed workplace shelters into an outdoor gallery of Market memories.
The walls reflect the community's struggles and hope in la Colonia 21 de Febrero barrio of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
The first publication of "Fanzine Martha" by Habitajes shows the work Michelle created with incarcerated women at the Santa Martha prison in Mexico City, Mexico.
This public art project explores the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
This mural represents the community's messages about combating stereotypes related to mental health.
Residents near the Ciudadela park in Caracas worked together to share their thoughts and convey how they see themselves in their community through the creation of the 180 foot long mural.