Art in the Streets
Ramiro Gomez is installing life-size cardboard cutouts of Latino workers in wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Gomez hopes his work will show the unseen workers who care for homes, lawns and youngsters. His work is on discarded cardboard boxes he collects from big stores.
His artwork is being noticed and can be seen here. Most pieces last only a day or two. He writes his contact information on the back.
Galleries and schools such as UCLA are reaching out to Gomez. One professor said the art offers a unique look at immigrant labor. “Here are simple forms on cardboard asking us to step back and think about the important work these workers do.”
The only people who do not seem to like his work are some Latino workers. One working nearby an installation said he had enough attention from homeowners, police and the city.
One day, Gomez hopes to see his work in galleries or perhaps on a mural. For now, he does not make money from his art. He works as a nanny.
Dancing in the Streets
Puerto Ricans and Dominicans began arriving in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Now they are looking back on their lives.
A theater company is celebrating their memories in a dance musical. Members of the Casa Boricua Senior Center in the Bronx will dance on stage along with professionals.
The performance features Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and West African dance, along with singing and monologues.
The dance company director said “These were tough times and people were just trying to make it here in New York. I wanted to pay homage to everyone in that time. Because they were such hard-working people, they opened a lot of doors for us today.”