February 15th, 2023
The Tours Have Begun!
Last week was our first full week with 7th graders coming to MLK, Jr. Tech Academy to tour the two galleries and meet myself and the docents, Juliet, Matt, Thom and Kahara. They've been great!
I had a bit of anxiety in the beginning, but this week I feel like I'm finding my groove and the students have been pretty engaged. I'm learning a lot about working with students and I'm learning a lot about myself too. I'm glad that I can give something of myself to this community and the kids. Keep moving forward!
In December I was selected as an artist in residence working with Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento County. Three classrooms at Martin Luther King, Jr. Tech Academy had been converted to gallery spaces when artist Milton Bowen was working with the district. I selected works that addressed my identity and Filipino culture as well as being good examples for the students to learn from. In one gallery I installed a case which included my sketchbooks so they could also see my process. That gallery also includes work in various materials.
Seventh graders district wide will be coming to the gallery over the span of the residency totaling about 2400 students. Game time begins this Monday morning 2/6.