Art of Solidarity (AoS)
is an Community Arts program, open to everyone over 18yrs old, in Nicaragua through the Maryland Institute College of Art since 2008. AoS grew out of a high school classroom in Baltimore, when the young artists called themselves Bmore Cultured
. AoS is co-founded by Maria Gabriela Aldana and Aleks Martray.
Today, Art of Solidarity partners with Nicaraguan filmmakers, muralists, schools, and art centers in mural making and video production. These collaborations have produced more than 11 social documentaries and 8 public murals, gaining national and international recognition.
For the first time, Art of Solidarity hosted two Nicaraguan filmmakers in the USA! Partnering with Casa Maryland, the largest Latino and immigrant organization in the state of Maryland, and the arts non-profit Creative Alliance, AoS produced a documentary "De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You're From)" telling the untold stories of Baltimore's undocumented immigrants fighting for immigration reform. This unique community-based process included video production & editing workshops with Baltimore City youth. Watch our videos, including The Process
to learn the theory behind AoS.
(left) Photo by Lindsay Sparagana. San Juan de Limay. 2012