Children with Evelyn Serranoâ€™s NOMAD Lab Art Project toured Samâ€™s trailer to inspect the progress since his last visit to their neighborhood in December.
Sam and friends gave neighborhood childrenÂ a tour of the trailer during the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Festival, held May 6th at an apartment complex near Cal Arts. The festival was a chance to highlight the art work ofÂ at-risk children, age 6-14, who participate in the NOMAD Lab Art Project.Â Trailer Trash partners with the NOMAD Lab, exploring the importance of home and community through art.
In a public art â€œlabâ€, Â the children made signs stating their views on the ingredients necessary for a safe and happy neighborhood. Â In another lab they designed furniture for theÂ inside of Samâ€™s trailerÂ and gave pointers how to make itÂ a welcoming place for young people.
Artist and teacher Evelyn Serrano directs the volunteer-runÂ NOMAD Lab with help from Cal Arts students and others. The City of Santa Clarita is one of the projectâ€™s boosters and helps with the cost of materials. Â In an emailÂ thankingÂ the projectâ€™s teachers and helpers, Evelyn describedÂ how happy the children wereÂ to put their artÂ (music, drawing, story-telling and photography)Â on display at festival:
Children at the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Festival watch as NOMADS receive certificates for participating in art projects held throughout the school year on the grounds of their apartment complex.
Test run on an experimental design for modular furniture inside the trailer.
Nomad signage filled in the blanks: "A good home is....", "A safe neighborhood is..."
I was at the verge of tears more than once during the festival. I was just so very proud of the young people and of the work we have accomplished this year. I canâ€™t tell you how many of them came to me pleading that we have class THIS Saturday, that they canâ€™t wait till Septemberâ€¦
They have made friends in the program, they have become advocates of the program and understand the importance of it.
A NOMAD reads one of his stories while Evelyn Serrano holds the mike.
The girls shocked me with their impromptu speeches [saying why they like the NOMAD Project]. Â How proud I was! To see them exercise their collective and individual voices with power and fearlessness.Â How energized I felt after witnessing them. And seeing the boys so proud of their work (and rightly so).
My best wishes for an extraordinary summer.
Lots of love, Evelyn
Stay Tuned: On June 4thÂ the NOMAD kids will exhibit their signs in a show called â€œÂ Slanguageâ€Â at a gallery in Willmington, CA. Â For more information, check out the blog for the NOMAD Lab Art Project.
This post is part of a series documenting Sam Breen’a Spartan Restoration Project. Please see his first post here and check out the archive here. The CSPA is helping Sam by serving in an advisory role, offering modest support and featuring Sam’s Progress by syndicating his feed from http://spartantrailerrestoration.wordpress.com as part of our CSPA Supports Program.