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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! 

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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.

A detail of Papatopia! Made by members of the Richmond community!
A detail of Papatopia! Made by members of the Richmond community!

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

http://www.richmondgov.com/HispanicLiaison/index.aspx/ 

Scott Williams Media: 

www.scottwilliamsmedia.com

The Art Museum of the Americas:

http://museum.oas.org/ 

Fundacion Tocando Puertas

https://www.facebook.com/fundaciontocandopuertas 

Bio Ritmo

http://www.bioritmo.com/ 

Ed Trask

www.edtrask.com

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    You are Vaclaa Veritas! Along with that positive Vaclaa Vibe, you will be immortalized on our website.

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    You are a Vaclaa Votary! Your enthusiasm will help bring inspiration to communities everywhere. We will read your name and light a special candle from you to our community as a blessing at the Vaclaa Voyage! ceremony. This will be filmed and available online through Vimeo.

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    You are a Vaclaa Valiente! Thanks to you, communities throughout Virginia will be enlightened and inspired by the richness of great art. We will read your name, light a candle and sew your name into Brazilian artist Eva Rocha's large-scale weave covering our bus. This will be filmed and made available online via Vimeo.

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    You are a Vaclaa Valiente y mas! Your blessing will be shared as mentioned above, plus, you will receive a download of the music in the video soundtrack by either Bio Ritmo or Miramar.

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    You're a Vaclaa Voyager! Your blessing will be shared and your downloads of the video soundtrack by Bio Ritmo sent, as mentioned above, plus, you will receive a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car!

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    You're a Vaclaa Voyager en fuego! In addition to your blessing being shared, your downloads of the soundtrack source and a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car sent, as mentioned above, you will receive an original art postcard from a Vaclaa artist!

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    You're a Vaclaa Voyager de escala! In addition to your blessing being shared, your downloads of the video soundtrack by Bio Ritmo and a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car sent, as mentioned above, you will receive a package of 10 original art postcards from a Vaclaa artist.

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    You're a Vaclaa Voyager maestre! In addition to your blessing being shared, your downloads of the video soundtrack by Bio Ritmo and a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car sent, you will receive a package of 10 original art postcards from a Vaclaa artist and a collectible Vinyl recording of Bio Ritmo's La Verdad, used in the making of the video.

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    You're a Vaclaa Visionary! In addition to your blessing being shared, your downloads of the video soundtrack by Bio Ritmo, a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car, a package of 10 original art postcards from a Vaclaa artist and a collectible vinyl recording of Bio Ritmo's La Verdad, sent, your name will be inscribed on a historic Vaclaa Visionary plaque to be placed at the entry to our mobile gallery. Although we would love for you to see it in person, we will send you a picture of the plaque in the gallery!

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    You're a Vaclaa Vision! In addition to your blessing being shared, your downloads of the soundtrack source and a Vaclaa Voyager magnet for your car sent, you will receive a package of 10 original art postcard from a Vaclaa artist and a Vinyl recording of Bio Ritmo's La Verdad, used in the making of the video. Plus, we donate our collaborative artwork, Papatopia, to a public school in Virginia in your name!

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