Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman posted a photo in subinterest 'Los Pocitos'

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About a week ago, and few friends and I finished work on a mural in Los Pocitos, a temporary community located in Marianao (a neighbourhood in Habana, Cuba). I loved working with the kids of the community and getting their perspective on the project. Pictured here are the kids adding their own touch to the mural :)

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Hey Jade! Long time no talk! I was in Cuba for the semester, so 4.5 months in total. It certainly is a fascinating place, but I wouldn't go just to enjoy the beach and turn your head to the very real problems that the people face (not that you would!). I got to get to know several of the kids in the community and it was so special talk to them about what the mural meant to them. The day after this photo was taken, someone asked the kids "who painted that?" and they all answered, "all of us!", beaming with pride. For a long time, it had just been a rusted wall with the blue stripes of a cuban flag slowly chipping away. With the help of my professor and study abroad program, we hope to turn this area into a park full of beautiful art and places to sit where the kids can hang out. This mural is the first step in the project!

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Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor Incredible work and thoughts in what you did. Kudos! Do most of these children attend school? How is schooling in Cuba?

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Rajat

Rajat Participatory murals, I like the idea it's like you freeze a moment in time with many souls pieced together.

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Rajat-- that's a lovely way of looking at it! I hadn't particularly thought of it that way... and Adam Pryor-- these kids do attend schools. Education in Cuba is certainly a complicated issue. I will look for a good article that might be able to illuminate more than I can

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma This is really amazing. How did you recruit different kids and community members for help? Was it hard to get people committed to getting this project off the ground?

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