The ten women honored in this set of trading cards are putting their remarkable and diverse creative talents to the profound task of meeting our city’s most pressing social and emotional needs. An eleventh card commemorates Boston Community Arts legend, Elma Lewis.
The printed trading cards format is a nostalgic, novel, and affordable way to hold and share this meaningful content. Complete trading card sets are available for $5 at Dorchester Art Project’s Frugal Art Collective Gallery, 1486 Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner. Proceeds go to support the work of the artists.
A launch party and meet-and-greet with some of the honorees will be held at 40 South vintage store, 40 South Street in Jamaica Plain, on Saturday, April 27th from 1:30-6pm. Come buy a set or two, imbibe, chat, and get your favorite trading cards autographed by the celebrities themselves!
As Director of Education for the Museum of African-American History
, and master artist producing narrative quilts of exceptional beauty and gripping emotion, L’Merchie evolves Bostonians. Among her other contributions, in partnership with Violence Transformed she recently organized When Women Succeed: The Quilted Path
, a collage, quilt-making, and poetry project with women and their children in Boston’s Entre Familia
substance recovery program.
Razor-sharp interdisciplinary artist Dell Marie Hamilton
spent 2018 attuning the Art World to the ever-present hum of black struggle. Curating a profound exhibition “Nine Moments for Now
” at Harvard’s Cooper Gallery
; speaking at universities about art, politics, race, and her own practice; conducting gallery performances exploring critical-imaginative concepts like “plantationocene” — emboldened with intellect and heart, she’s lambasting the status-quo.
A radical puppeteer in the Puerto Rican Papel Machete
collective and member of the international activists AgitArte
, Dey’s cultural work has served immeasurably Boston’s Right to the City
housing justice movement. With AgitArte Dey was Art Director and Curator for When We Fight, We Win!
, a publication surveying the creative tactics of present-day social movements, and co-developed a free “art kit
” for activists to enliven organizing and amplify resistance.
A talented painter and songwriter under the moniker Solei
, Emma’s work permeates with a palpable joie de vivre. Moreover, she has propelled herself into an organizing effort of significant and lasting benefit to Boston and the independent artists therein. As volunteer Creative Director of BRAIN Arts Organization
, Designer-in-Chief of the free Boston Compass
newspaper, and Gallery Manager at Dorchester Art Project, she is elevating “DIY” into the aesthetic stratosphere.
Shaw Pong Liu
Of Shaw Pong
‘s many projects harnessing music’s power to unify and heal, none could be as challenging or gut-wrenching as Code Listen
: a workshop series pairing Boston police officers with teens to write and perform songs about gun violence, racism, and community-police relations. This ensemble has grown to include mothers of homicide victims and spawned Musical Memorials
featuring live music at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace
honoring the fallen.
Marsha is a whirling vessel churning out social progress. Her Dance for Social Justice
workshops help marginalized communities organize and build solidarity; the annual We Create!
festival in Roxbury celebrates the work of women artists across disciplines; and Danza Orgánica Contemporary Dance Theater
company unfolds societal issues with throes of raw emotion, including the recent work Melaza
dedicated to survivors of Hurricane Maria.
Throngs of fans hang on Veronica
‘s every word as singer in Boston’s first all-female Mariachi band. Responding to fame by giving back, she co-founded the Veronica Robles Cultural Center
offering cultural programs and youth jobs. Her commitment to East Boston has led to a Mayor’s leadership board appointment and the dedication of To Immigrants With Love
, a mural featuring her portrait alongside Sicilian immigrant-entrepreneur Carmello Scire.
Bostonians, according to film and TV, are either tough guys from Southie or Cambridge-transplant academics. Paloma
’s The Pineapple Diaries flies in the face of this fallacy. An entertaining sitcom offering slices of life from a group of 20-something Dominican-American women in Jamaica Plain, The Pineapple Diaries
is funny, thoughtful, and a precious gift — a much-needed reflection and reinforcement of Boston’s vital multicultural identity.