Last year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors left their homes in Central America for the United States, most fleeing gangs and violence. Maryland was a major destination, and many settled in Baltimore. News accounts at the time portrayed a swarm of humanity fleeing across the border, but to artists Maria Aldana and Tanya Garcia, those undocumented children were not faceless masses but courageous, resilient individuals with unique stories. Now, some of those stories will be told.
Aldana and Garcia are the creative forces behind “Después de la Frontera/After the Border,” a multimedia art presentation. The exhibit, curated by Garcia, a Deutsch Foundation community art fellow and overseen by Aldana, community arts manager for the Creative Alliance, will open on Aug 22 and move to Towson University in October 2015.
The project began with a coalition of service providers who work with immigrants and wanted to tell the stories of youths who had come to Baltimore in 2014, in part to counteract what they considered unfair portrayals in the media. They proposed the idea to the Creative Alliance, where Garcia was already exploring similar issues in her art, and “Después de la Frontera” was born.