When: June-August 2009
Where: Boston, MA
Institution: Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) is a dynamic community building agency dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, economic development, technology and arts programming that builds safe, vibrant and culturally diverse affordable housing communities. Artists and teachers underwent a weeklong training in June with the Paper Picker Press and Cultural Agents, in which they were introduced to sample activities and created their own based on an excerpt of text from One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez.
After the training, the participants (teachers and artists) became facilitators. They implemented the PPP program in IBA’s summer workshops from July-August with youth ranging from 14 to 19 years old. The program included visual art, writing, theater, dance, Latin percussion, bookmaking, graphic design, and digital storytelling. It culminated in a Summer Cycle Celebration, which was deemed a success by many.
The Paper Picker Press (PPP) program was funded by the Barr Foundation and implemented through the Cacique Youth Learning Center summer program at IBA.