The Vaclaa! Voyage: help this bus become an art gallery!
The Vaclaa! Voyage: help this bus become an art gallery!
The Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA) seeks to make a school bus into a gallery, taking art to Latinos where they live!
The Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA) seeks to make a school bus into a gallery, taking art to Latinos where they live! Read more
Who we are - Vaclaa! is short for the Virginia Center for Latin American Art. But its a lot more fun to say, "Vah Klah!" The exclamation point is essential because Vaclaa! is on the move. Vaclaa! is a group of people in Virginia who love Latin American art and culture and can't keep quiet about it. We want to get the message out to as many people as we can!
To get a sense for the kind of art exploration we support check out our blog: www.vaclaaesque.tumblr.com and follow us!
TRY IT! - "VAH CLAH!!!" Again, "Vaclaa!!"
That's why we bought a school bus - to bring Latin American art and art experiences to communities throughout our state. We're going to fill our bus with great Latin American art made by everyone from young children from the community to emerging Latino artists asking questions never imagined before. We're also going to fill that bus with spectacular people who love community and believe in the power of art to change lives. We're going to drive our bus out to community centers, apartment complexes, shopping centers, flea markets, trailer parks, wherever there's a group of people with no means of experiencing art. We are going to take art to wherever the Latino population is strong and the resources tight!
How you can help - By choosing an appropriate level of involvement in the list of rewards to the right, you can reach different states of Vaclaaesque!, earning stickers, music, artwork and participation in a ceremony of Vaclaa Voyage. But the most important thing you will take from this is a feeling that you helped strengthen communities facing real challenges and there is no way to calculate the value of that!
REWARDS OVER THERE!!!! --------->
The community we serve - Richmond, Virginia has a long, fascinating history and played a vital role in the growth of our country. It has been a place of cultural diversity and yet, due to historical trends, has also been, at times, a place of intolerance. The first electric street cars were launched in Richmond in 1888 by Frank Spague and yet today, our public transit system is not capable of providing access for our most economically challenged residents living, now, at the edges of our city. The Latino population in Richmond, Virginia has grown tremendously in the last ten years. Expansions that once were typical of cities in Northern Virginia near Washington D.C. are now happening here in and around Richmond. These communities, representative of all of Latin America, are not just in need of food or jobs, they need the same amenities afforded people living in town: art, the exchange of ideas, self expression, community. With your help, Vaclaa! is ready to bring them all of this by way of our gallery on wheels!
The Bus - The school bus is a full sized 95 Ford with a diesel engince and a five speed transmission. It doesn't rev, but when its breaking down cultural barriers by crossing the James River and taking art where the people are, it purrs heroically! The bus needs your help, however, to fully become an arts gallery and outreach center. We're going to raise the rooft, install a cooling system, take out the seats, clean up the exterior, rewire the interior, frame up some walls, add lighting, and more. In short, our bus needs a revolution! Good thing you're a revolutionary!
In comes the architect - We found a wonderful Latin American architect named Salvador Frieri with an exciting, fresh style and a genuine desire to render a design that will shout out from the highways and byways of Virginia, "Vaclaa! loves art! Vaclaa! loves community!" He's offered to design our bus at no cost because he understands our feeling that Latino communities, regardless of their economic challenges or where they have chosen to live, deserve access to exciting, inspiring art and art experiences, and that includes our bus. Our gallery may not be perched uptown, but it should still roll in style - carrying art of substance to the people where they are! Check out Salvador Frieri's work in Colombia, Abu Dabi and elsewhere and you'll understand why we are so excited about what this bus will communicate to people living in far-flung locales. www.frieri.net
Salvador Frieri is amazing!!!
The cost - as part of our research for this project, we got some estimates for a basic transformation. They all fell within a short range of $15,000. Depending on the success of this campaign, we'll be able to make a more or less dramatic impression on our community. If you all are enthusiastic and funding happens quickly, we'll scale our dreams for this bus gallery to the size of your engagement! If you give us more than we ask, we'll give more art experiences to more communities. By giving to this project, you will truly become a part of the effort of Vaclaa! to improve the quality of life for Latinos in our state and to enrich the lives of the residents of Virginia through the experience of great Latin American art!
Papatopia - a poetic city of the future imagined by the children of our community.
Potato stamped latex on 3' x 7' canvas.
Vaclaa Voyage - Once this campaign is complete, the real voyage will begin. We will ceremoniously send the bus off with your names sewn into a full weave created by Brazilian artist, Eva Rocha. We will also read your name during a blessing ceremony and light a candle from you to our community as an expression of your positive wishes, your belief in our capacity to use art as a means of building a tolerant, culturally open community. Thanks in advance for your support.
Spencer Turner and Eva Rocha
Co-Founders of the Virginia Center for Latin American Art
This project would not have been possible without help from the following people, groups and institutions:
City of Richmond, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Scott Williams Media:
The Art Museum of the Americas:
Fundacion Tocando Puertas
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