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Underneath the Accent of My Skin (UNACOMYSKIN) Reading & Collage Display

After a series of multidisciplinary workshops created by award-winning writer and multidisciplinary artist Orlando Ferrand, recipient of the 2015 Artist in Community Grant Funded Project by NYSCA/BCA, writers and artists of all levels who participated will be sharing their writings and collage work exploring and redefining identity with a Bronx audience.

Bronx, NY, June 20, 2015 --( Bronx writers and artists from all walks of life, cultural heritage and ethnic background, will be sharing their writings and collages exploring identity on June 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Atrium, located on the upper level of the C-Building at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451.

Underneath the Accent of My Skin (UNACOMYSKIN) is the umbrella project that brought together such a diverse group of multidisciplinary artists, writers and social activists. They embarked on an exploration of their notion of identity, based on their own life experiences as immigrants themselves, or as American-born children of immigrants in The Bronx county of New York.

The afternoon will be filled with the stories, poems and collages birthed during this 5-week workshop series focusing on identity as an individual and collective construct that can, ultimately, be challenged by the artist/writer who becomes a depository of ancestry as well as a visionary. Underneath the accent of their skin lies their newly discovered self: an ever evolving multiplicity of faces, voices and myriad of nuances, breaking free from the confinement of cultural and ethnic stereotypes.

From the seed of their singularity to the collective fabric of their universality, Underneath the Accent of My Skin (UNACOMYSKIN) Reading & Collage Display will be featuring writers, poets and artists: Lorraine Curreley, Gloria Fontanez, Toby Z. Liederman, John Marshall, Antonio Agostinho Marte-Bautista, Maria Meli, Alice Myerson, Jhon Sanchez and Orlando Ferrand. A collective creation collage as well as individual collages, which can be interpreted as metaphors of the fragmentation, deconstruction and reconstruction of identity, will be on display at the Atrium.

This project was made posible by a grant from NYSCA/BCA, and in-kind contributions from Peter Mertens, Magdalena Ramirez, Gloria Fontanez, Joseph Carrion, Robert F. Cohen, Perry Weiner, Visual AIDS, Hostos Community College Department of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and Materials for the Arts. Special thanks for their constant support and encouragement to Juanita Lanzo, BCA Grant Administrators Sabrina Cedeno, Lydia Clark and Sharon Little, and Charlie Vazquez, Director of The Bronx Writers Center.
Contact Information
Orlando Ferrand Creative Studio
Orlando Ferrand
(347) 640 7737
Sabrina CedeƱo, Grants Administrator
Bronx Council on the Arts: The Heart of the Arts
718.931.9500 ext. 22

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