Art of Solidarity

Art of Solidarity (AoS) is a network of artists committed to social justice who collaborate with community organizations to make media documentaries and murals together. AoS was cofounded by Nicaraguan-American artist and educator, Maria Gabriela Aldana, and US-based filmmaker Aleks Martray in 2007. Thanks to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), AoS began as a study abroad program in partnership with Casa de Cultura Leonel Rugama, Muralistas Leonel Rugama, Taller Marmol Oscar Enrique Casco in San Juan de Limay, VIMAU Producciones, schools, churches and families. AoS grew into an independent grassroots organization producing over a dozen film, media and mural public arts projects.

AoS's most recent success was obtaining political asylum for a beloved Nicaraguan partner and journalist in December 2023. Wilfredo was one of the 120,000 people who fled the violence and threats in his home country. Wilfredo was one of many journalists documenting the human rights violations taking place from Jinotega to Masaya. Donate to support Wilfredo's lawyer fees.

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