Presented by Familias Separadas

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

Familias Separadas : A project by Michelle Angela Ortiz Harrisburg

Karen's story: Installation on Capitol Steps, Harrisburg

Phase 2: Berks County Family Detention Center

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.

Familias Separadas Michelle Angela Ortiz

"We Are Human Beings" installed in front of the ICE building in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Steve Weinik

Phase 1 : 2015

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.

Orgullo Otomi : a project by Michelle Angela Ortiz
Indigenous community in San Santiago, Queretaro, Mexico

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.

Flores de Libertad - photo: Dave Tavani - artist: Michelle Angela Ortiz

Photo: Dave Tavani

Creative Action Against Family Detention

Over a thousand paper flowers were created with messages of freedom for the detained families at the Berks Detention Center.

"Seguimos Caminando"
A Moving Monument to the Mothers at Berks

Throughout her body of work, Ortiz engages with experiences of immigration in Philadelphia, especially through family stories and intergenerational histories.

Living Walls/ Atlanta
Immigrant stories in Buford Highway/ Atlanta

Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta.

Solo Exhibition

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.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

As part of the annual "Latinidad" Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Michelle led a collaborative mural with over 50 participants.

Havana, Cuba

Somos Regla depicts "la vida cotidiana" the essence of Regla, a deeply spiritual place and that is reflected by the Afro-Cuban community.

Mazahua and Otomi Indigenous Migrant Stories

Two public art projects honoring the migration stories told by the Mazahua and Otomi indigenous communities Mexico City, Mexico.

Immigration Stories in Brooklyn

Nuestro Andar Florece (Our Journey Blooms), celebrates the stories of Mexican immigrant women that have planted their roots in Brooklyn, New York.

A Tribute to Gloria Casarez

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. 

Outdoor exhibit of Market Stories

JOURNEYS SOUTH: Different Paths, One Market is a public art installation that transformed workplace shelters into an outdoor gallery of Market memories.

UN NUEVO FUTURO 2015 Tegucigalpa Honduras, Michelle Angela Ortiz
Transforming Walls in Honduras

The walls reflect the community's struggles and hope in la Colonia 21 de Febrero barrio of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Fanzine with Women from Santa Martha Prison

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.

A Transnational Project

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.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This mural represents the community's messages about combating stereotypes related to mental health.

Caracas, Venezuela

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.