Serving migrant children ages 9–17 at the Casa Blanca Children’s Shelter in San Antonio,The Migrant Children’s Project provides workshops in painting and poetry with artist and writer Regina Moya. Most of these children are deported back to the dangerous situations that they hoped to leave behind in their homelands of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. However, the Migrant Children’s Project offers them a ray of hope—the opportunity to share their life stories and dreams through art—and an inspiring glimpse of life in the United States. In Moya’s words: “The kids benefit tremendously from the hours they spend writing and painting. They know that despite the uncertainty of their lives at this time, they are able to create something beautiful that fills them with pride.”
Writers in Communities
The Writers in Communities (WIC) program sends published, professional writers into schools, institutions, and other community settings to work alongside students of all ages and abilities. While in residence, the writers and their students create dynamic creative writing projects that challenge, celebrate, inspire and enlighten. Our innovative programs have been recognized by The New York Times and San Antonio Express-News, among others.
We’re proud to announce the publication of Borderline: Out Of Mind, a compilation of student writing from three poetry workshops that took place over the summer and fall of 2015 at the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center and Mission Road. These workshops were made possible due to the generous support of Bexar County and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gemini Ink hosted these workshops as part of our Writers in Communities program, which was founded with the mission to bring the joy of reading and writing to community settings across San Antonio by encouraging students to find their voices and gain the tools of written creative expression that ultimately lead to growth. A private reading took place at Gemini Ink on Tues, Jan 12, 2016. (more…)
That’s a Writers in Communities book U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has in his hand! —here with poet Glover Davis at the Guadalupe Cultural Center. Hope you caught one of his presentations while he was in town this week.