Commission

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, 2011
The Community Arts Initiative Project, “And Our Families”

Rodriguez shot, edited and produced a documentary video on the Community Arts Initiative Project:  And Our Families (see the video below).  Video was on display in the museum as a part of the And Our Families installation for six months and is now archived on the museum’s website.

Under the guidance of artist Raul Gonzalez, students from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area will create family portraits using pen, ink, and color in 11 x 17″ stained paper. The project is intended to draw inspiration from paintings representing families and portraits from our collection. Students will consider the important people they view as role models, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends. For a deeper understanding and appreciation of those in their families, the combination of the drawings, photographs, and memorabilia and personal objects will create a memorial to the importance of the people that define us. The children’s work and objects will be displayed on a painted tree mural covering the wall, connecting all the students’ families together with its expanding network of branches, and placing an emphasis on community in order to create a unity in each student’s personal history with others.  Music on video composed by Richard Laskey.

The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.


 

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, 2010
The Community Arts Initiative Project, “Signs and Symbols”

Rodriguez shot, edited and produced a documentary video on the Community Arts Initiative Project:  Signs and Symbols (see the video below).  Video was also on display in the museum as a part of the Signs and Symbols installation for six months and is currently archived on the museum’s website.

For the Signs and Symbols project, children from after-school programs and community organizations across Boston looked at how words and characters are paired together to convey messages. Working with Cambridge-based artist and author Caleb Neelon, the children then created signs featuring their own verbal and character-driven messages.  Music on video composed by Richard Laskey.

The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.