Hard to focus on the news today, my friend Anita ran the Chicago Marathon and I was much too excited about tracking her progress. Running is her passion and in addition to family and work commitments, in the last year she carved out time to train for today. She’s definitely inspired me to indulge in my own artistic interests, set some goals and pursue some creative marathons of my own–these also happen to align with an ongoing dialogue I’ve been having recently with Diana and Coya about creative goals for 2011. I will be sure to keep you posted.
Creative marathons are not new to me. In 2010 I was honored to partake in hours of collaboration with the wonderful El Stitch y Bitch for the creation of a knitted and crocheted altar dedicated to our crafty ancestors. The groups collaboration is the cover story of the November issue of Cafe–the story is not linkable yet so if you want to read it you have to pick up a hard copy of the magazine. I usually find a free copy at Pilsen restaurants and/or cafe’s.
I was pleasantly surprised to see another Proyecto Latina favorite, Monique Frausto in that issue, she’s part of a story about Latinos reconnecting with their language and heritage. And there is also a wonderful article on Concha Buika, that recounts a childhood memory that still haunts her, but taught her to seize the moment each and every time she takes the stage.
A random an interesting tid-bit about Google and the word Latina. I know I’ve turned up questionable searches that include the word Latina in their name.
Seriously? Dear JLO, I’m going to tune-in but for the record I’m uncomfortable and resisting the Latina nanny concept.
Perhaps the life of Alicia Amador, could one day inspire a leading character on prime time tv. According to Windy City Times, Amador passed away last Thursday of cancer–”her greatest legacy was the impact she had on children and families in the Pilsen community.” Amador was a staff member at Mujeres Latinas en Accion and founding member of Amigas Latinas.
Finally, I’m counting down for the next Proyecto Latina on Monday, October 18th. Kansas City poet, Linda Rodriguez will be sharing poetry and a piece title, We’ve Been Here All Along: 13 Ways of Looking at Latinos in the Midwest. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at the work she is sharing and I have to tell you its going to be a special treat. Plan to join us!
I leave you with a first in a series of short films, a project by Proyecto Latina friend and fellow artist extraordinaire, Ricardo Gamboa–who is always on creative marathons. His most recent project focuses on concerns over immigration issues.