Tanya Garcia, Inaugural Creative Alliance Deutsch Community Fellow


Tanya Garcia is a documentary photographer and multimedia artist invested important conversation addressing ethnic and gender identity as a singular entity by using storytelling. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with minors in Fine Arts and Spanish at the College of Charleston. In 2014, she received her MFA in Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art(MICA).

Tanya Garcia is the first Creative Alliance Community Art Fellow supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. During her fellowship, Tanya will develop art projects that engage with and build community. While working closely with Creative Alliance’s Community Arts Manager, Maria Gabriela Aldana, they present artistry, traditions, and diverse voices of southeast Baltimore.

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Después de la Frontera / After the Border honors the stories of recent unaccompanied immigrant youth, families, and young adults who fled their homes in Central America. While providing cultural and historical context of the countries involved, the exhibition explores the complexities involved in crossing the border, challenges of integrating into a new environment, and what youth and families envision their futures to be.

In addition to gang recruitment, extortion, drug cartels, abuse, and persecution in their homeland, youth and families fleeing this violence face continued threats on their journey to a fate unknown. The dangerous passage through Mexico and across the border to the U.S. increases the likelihood that the youth may become the target of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, and death. Since January 2014, more than 875 Latino immigrant students have entered Baltimore City Public Schools.

This exhibition is a testimony to the inner strength, resilience, and resourcefulness of these youth and families. Después de la Frontera / After the Border sheds light on their uncertainties and hopes that accompany their dreams of beginning a new life in the United States.

Después de la Frontera / After the Border is Tanya Garcia’s curatorial project, which is the culmination of her year-long Creative Alliance fellowship supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Garcia is a Puerto Rican community artist, organizer, and storyteller. Her approach to storytelling is multifaceted and includes oral histories, video, and installation.

You can find out more about the project by listening to WYPR’s interview with Garcia here.

This exhibit was made possible through the support and collaboration with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Esperanza Center, Towson University, Mayor’s Office of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs, CASA de Maryland, and The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. The role of these partners is to deepen the public’s understanding of the immigration narrative in Baltimore. Exhibition will travel to Towson University October 12- November 13, 2015 and then to Baltimore City Hall, dates to be determined.

This project was also made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.


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