“Crear Para Sanar:” A look into what it means to create for healing

Published: January 16, 2024

Based on the life of a Dominican immigrant and Brooklyn matriarch, Mercedes is a multidisciplinary arts, humanities, and healing program that addresses aging, mental health, and intergenerational trauma. Through community-based workshops, VR experiences, documentary film, theater, and a gallery exhibit, Mercedes celebrates and supports the resilience of seniors, caregivers, Latinx communities, and the broader public.

Modesto “Flako” Jimenez, NYC artist, grandson of Mercedes, and Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, is visiting UCLA with Oye Group to share selections from Mercedes for discussion and feedback.

Discussants: Marlené Nancy Lopez, Los Angeles Community Artist and inaugural CityLAB Activist-in-Residence and Ping Ho, Founder and Director, UCLA Arts & Healing Initiative

When: Monday, 1/22, 3:30-5:00 pm

Please RSVP here.

Where: in-person: 193 Kaplan Hall or online: register here to receive Zoom link

Free, open to all, refreshments served. Closest parking: Lots 2 and 5

Sponsors: UCLA Humanities, Writing Programs, Arts & Healing Initiative, Oye Group