SAY Sí middle and high school student-artists have officially started working on their Stories Seldom Told installations. Getting ready for the month-long exhibition, students switch studios and collaborate to discuss hidden stories within San Antonio communities.
With this exhibition students are experimenting with multi-media art techniques and learning the importance of in-depth research. Similar to previous Story Seldom Told exhibits, artists develop their work around a student-chosen theme relevant to their community. This exhibit will give a voice to individuals and communities that have historically been concealed in the narrative of the region. Currently, students are working toward communicating these rich histories to the community through large-scale installation art which will be portrayed at the opening of the show on May 4th, 2018, 6 – 10 p.m.
In the past few weeks students have focused on research by gathering accurate information to illustrate in their artwork. Students are developing the foundations of their projects by learning about the diversity behind San Antonio and uncovering stories supplemental to their research.
One way students have been exposed to new information is by listening and speaking to visiting artists. These vary from experts within the historical architecture of the community to young artists teaching students about the future of virtual and augmented reality. Many students are using what they have learned from these artists to make interactive and multimedia projects elevating the level of storytelling in their work. Relying on the research and storytelling aspects of Stories Seldom Told, SAY Sí is definitely excited to showcase the students’ artworks in the upcoming exhibit and to reveal local stories that should be considered part of the city’s history.
By Jesus Mancha & Carlo Rodriguez