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: Wanda Moreno

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The 49507 Project: Wanda Moreno

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?

Wanda Moreno

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Instagram: @wanditaaguilar 

Graphite drawing of Little girl in pool

 

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About Wanda Moreno

My name is Wanda Moreno-Aguilar with pronouns she/her. I am a Freelance Illustrator based in Wyoming, Michigan. I work traditionally and digitally, mostly enjoying portrait, narrative, and children’s book illustrations. Still, I do a bit of everything, including ceramics and sculptural work. I am originally from Mexico, but I have resided in Michigan for most of my life and became a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2014. After graduating in the top ten of my class in 2017 from Godfrey-Lee High School, I started my illustration career at the Grand Rapids Community College. A career path no one expected me to take.

At GRCC, I spent roughly three years exploring fine arts and building my portfolio. Shortly after, in 2019, I welcomed my son into the world, and he now keeps me super busy and motivated. Following the birth of my son, I continued my studies at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University for my bachelor’s degree in Illustration. I am currently a senior there, graduating in December of 2022. Overall, growing up, I experienced a lot of uncertainty and mental health issues. I spent countless times questioning my identity, culture, and language. It never made sense what I had to contribute to society to feel accepted. However, I found what made me happy and a way to express and represent myself and my community through art. By putting my work out there, I hope to inspire other Latino/a artists considering an art career to pursue their dreams. I love oil painting, reading, and spending time outdoors with my son outside of school. 

Liberation
Liberation to me means setting free from all forms of oppression, boundaries, stereotypes, status, and much more to live in a world where none of that matters.    

Reclamation
Reclamation means regaining the right to represent my identity and culture from my point of view and my community’s point of view.

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