Art of Solidarity
Lecture: Art of Solidarity: the Impact of Community in Nicaragua
Tuesday, July 24th 10-11:30AM
Maria Gabriela Aldana
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Towson University
8000 York Road · Towson, Maryland, 21252-0001

The “Art of Solidarity” represents an ongoing cultural exchange and community arts project with young artists from North America traveling to cities in Nicaragua where they have connected with locals to gain mutual understanding, assist in specific community endeavors, create murals, and create documentaries. How have decades-old politics and war impacted modern-day Nicaragua? Learn how this project has spotlighted issues of global poverty, racism and indigenous rights while uplifting these communities. Learn how this example of social change through art has built lasting friendships and positive connections between Nicaraguans and North Americans.

Maria Aldana is the education director for the Creative Alliance, an arts organization in Baltimore. She works with over 60 artist a year to create original project-based visual and performing arts programs that serve over 3,500 children each year. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Maria moved with her family to the United States as child. As a community artist, Maria co-founded and directs “Neighborhood Voices,”an anti-racism task force that raises the profile of important Baltimore activists and artists against racism. Baltimore Magazine named her one of 2018’s “30 Visionaries”.
Tuesday, Feb 24 | 6-7pm
MICA, Brown Center 413
Info Session about community arts 5-week intensive in beautiful Nicaragua. Open to all artists interested in travel, videography and muralism. Original date of Feb 17 was RESCHEDULED due to weather.
MICA Parent's Weekend
Saturday, Feb 14 | 2-3:30pm
Leidy Atrium, Brown Center
Talk with Maria Aldana and 2014 Art of Solidarity alumni on MICA campus.
Summer Travel Orientation 2
Sunday, May 4 | 1:30-3:30pm
Fred Lazarus Studio Center, 131 W North Ave, Baltimore
All female delegation prepare for summer travel and plan projects.
Orientation 1 for Summer Travel
Sunday, April 20 | 1:30-3:30pm
Meeting at the Meyerhoff House Conference room to get to know traveling artists and review details of our upcoming summer adventure in Nicaragua. MICA Meyerhoff House Conference Room on 140 W Lafayette Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217
Esperanza Center- Mondays at the Movies
Monday, April 7 | 5:30-7:30pm
FREE Screening: De Donde Sean
Intimate discussion with producer, Maria Aldana, and documentary subject, Yesenia Mejía. RSVP with or 443-825-3421. Held at Esperanza Center on 430 S. Broadway. Baltimore, MD 21231
What is the American Dream?
March 25 | 9:30am-10:45am & 11:00pm-12:15pm | FREE
Maria Aldana presents "De Donde Sean" and "La Gran Nación" films during Dr. Kami Fletcher's "Intro to American Studies" courses, presenting migration and identity issues in Baltimore and San Juan de Limay.
Towson University, Liberal Building (LA) Room 2302
AoS Summer Travel- Info session
March 10 | 5:30pm
MICA Brown 204 on 1301 W Mt. Royal
AoS Presentation- Concentration Dinner
February 5 | 6pm
AoS Info session at MICA Station Bldg
AoS Info Session
January 28 | 5-6pm
MICA Main 110
Fieldwork: Getting to Know a Community
Thr, Dec 5. 9am-noon
How does art impact a neighborhood? How does a neighborhood impact art institutions? Maria Aldana shares best practices directing festivals and programs including The Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Piñatas Navideñas y Posada, and Art of Solidarity. Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Student Center. 131 W North Ave, 21217.
Como Trabajar con Comunidad como Artísta
Martes, 3 de diciembre. 11am-12:30pm. GRATIS
Artísta comunitaria, Maria Aldana, presenta su trabajo en Nicaragua y con mujeres Mexicanas en Baltimore a travéz de documentales La Gran Nación y Piñatas Navideñas. Será en University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD. International Media Center, segundo piso #219.
Film Screening & Bilingual Lecture w/ Maria Aldana
Thr, Oct 31 4-6pm. FREE
De Donde Sean & Gallopinto
Artist and co-founder, Maria Aldana, takes us behind the scenes of the Art of Solidarity in its fifth year screening "De Donde Sean," and "Gallopinto," a group show with documentary shorts, photographs, marmolina, and sculptures created by participants from 2008-2013. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250. Fine Arts 018
"De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You're From)" Premiere!
Thr, Sep 5. 8pm
Documentary follows Baltimore's untold immigrant stories and their struggle to pass immigration reform that would put 11 million people in the USA on the path to citizenship. Directed by Jonys Diaz and Eddy Avendano. $12, $7 mbrs. Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224
Gallopinto: Celebrating 5 years of AoS!
Thr, Sep 5. 5:30-7:30pm. FREE
Group exhibiton of last 5 years of art collaborations: installations, projections, sculptures, photography. Rice & beans reception. Amalie Rothchild Gallery of Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave, 21224
Borrador de la Película-- Presentación Especial
Viernes, 23 de agosto, 6:30pm. GRATIS
Vean un borrador de "De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You're From)" echo por AoS y Vimau. Vengan listos y listas con sus sugerencias a los directores. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church 600 S Conkling St. Baltimore, MD 21224. Regístrese!
Scribe Video Center- AoS Screenings!
Friday Aug 2, 7pm
Four short films by AoS & Vimau as part of Scribe's "Storyville" series
$5, FREE for Scribe members. Scribe Video Center: 4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor. Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Artscape Mural- 10,000 Brushes
Fri, July 19 & Sat, July 20. Noon-4pm. FREE
"Centroamerica" mural needs you to paint it! Designed by Maria Aldana and commissed by Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts' 10,000 Brushes project of this year's theme "No Passport Required."
"All American" Potluck Welcome Dinner- whatever that means to you!
Thursday, July 18. 7-10pm. FREE
8pm special presentation. RSVP:
2932 Huntingdon Ave, Baltimore, 21211
Video workshops w/ Vimau Producciones
July 22-Aug 21. FREE
10 bilingual workshops: Mondays & Wednesdays 4-7pm
Geared towards youth 15-25 years old. Must register.
Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224
REGISTER: or call 410-276-1651
Nicaraguan filmmakers visit Baltimore
July 17- Sep 7
We are honored to present Art of Solidarity's (AoS) first Nicaraguan residency this summer! This summer, our founding partners at Vimau Producciones, Jonys Diaz and Eddy Avendaño, will be teaching video workshops and producing a documentary "De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You're From)" about immigration reform, telling the stories and struggles of Baltimore's immigrant community. Thanks to Research Associates Foundation for their support!