Thursday, March 24, 2016

Day of Four of Painting

Today was a pretty productive day. We started off with visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art. There were a lot of great art pieces in the museum, and there was even a special exhibit that incorporated multiple bronze pieces to resemble how "brown matters" which was very impactful. Another really cool section of the museum contained multiple pieces that resembled characters of Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. My favorite painting was called "Savages and Glitter" by John Valadez, which depicted what it is like for Mexican immigrants crossing the U.S. border, and how often they are unable to be with their families. As a Mexican woman, this was a really powerful museum to visit.

Before our service, we went to a Mexican restaurant in the Pilsen neighborhood. It was definitely great to support a small business in the neighborhood. For our service, we went to Mujeres Latinas en Accion, which is a non-profit that strives to help Latina immigrants get out of situations where they are victims of domestic violence, offers jobs, and even children's programs. Most of us helped paint one of their hallways (painting seems to be a theme on our trip), and two other breakers were helping with some administrative work. It seemed like everyone really enjoyed working together and we learned a lot about how many immigrants Mujeres Latinas en Accion helped.

When we got back to the hostel we started cooking dinner ( walking tacos), which were great. We had a very productive reflection and team builder as well. Everyone is really exited for our last service organization we will be working with tomorrow- United African Organization. I wonder if we will painting again tomorrow.

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