The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: PICARDO-Location 1

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The 49507 Project: PICARDO- Location 1

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

PICARDO

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picture PICARDO's mosaic painting in a Mexican restaurant

About PICARDO

At the beginning of my journey, I got to confess that I struggle by communicating effectively with people in the English language because my primary language is Spanish. Just to mention one of the challenges that I faced during the transition from the Caribbean to Michigan. Thanks to a unique enthusiastic motivational value that helped me continue learning and built a strong desire to work hard on my vision and accomplish a goal. In 2009 I gathered a small group of people that were able to work for a common cause. So, we created a project named THE CARIBBEAN COALITION FOR THE ARTS & CULTURE, a platform that we used to create and develop a few cultural projects promoting Caribbean and Latino culture in West Michigan. 

Since that point, I have been lucky enough to work and collaborate with people. They showed strength and greatness, and also happily celebrated the success of others.

A few years ago, when the immigration policies related to family separation and deportation suddenly started over, we faced negative mental and physical health implications for immigrant families locally like many others in the United States. Consequently, many Latino business owners, professionals, and people within our community in a collaboration with local agencies agreed to work together asking and recommending the dismantling of policies that are harmful to immigrant families. I personally feel like walking on an icy pavement living under fear, exhausted, and frustrated. I decided to jump into activism using art to address some of the social issues that affect us seriously.

Not many things have changed yet, however, we are still hoping and working toward seeing the light to the end of the tunnel. 

It takes time to think things through and find creative solutions that bring progress to the grind of obstacle removal. Most of the time I am asking myself: are you ready for the long battle? Because it is an ongoing job to work for social changes. 

Our communities are changing for the better and growing stronger to combat the hate we received from the start of our existence in this country.

I have been participating in organized groups to talk and to discuss race, social injustices. Lately, we see people come together to share perspectives and learn how to support our people of colors and minorities in our community is a great way to build and explore their racial identity and the impact it has on our nation. 

I do provide pleasure and creative inspiration through visual art, also help foster dialogue, and bring important issues to the public eye. One of my most recent experiences was to create a big piece on six panels downtown right after the city experienced one of the biggest protests of police brutality. 

I believe that “culture” is facing a crisis globally and it must be a global concern. Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and bestowed for the benefit of future generations; also includes intangible cultural traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as performing arts, folklore, traditions, language, rituals, and knowledge.

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