#DANCING ELOTES WEEK 8
It was a quiet and sizzling day at the Farmer’s Market this week, but under the shade we carried on with the festivities.
We love seeing familiar face pass by the Dancing Elotes stand every week.
Oscar and Brian, two young Salvadoran- American boys stop by every week on their scooters to eat corn and make art. “I love that I can make anything. I made that necklace on the sculpture”, said Brian proudly pointing to the male dancer. The art-making experience ranges from fun to powerful for people who come to participate.
Jason Fitz-Gerald, an East Boston artist originally from Guyana comes by every week to munch on corn first on the way in, and second on the way out. Mr. Fitz-Gerald is an artist himself and he believes that the power of art is very healing. "It’s massive, it’s where all the elements of humankind come together. For intellectual and intelligent art, it leaves room for discussion.” said Jason and We couldn’t agree more. We hope that our intention which is "How do we cultivate peace in our community", continues to open space for conversation in the East Boston community.
Today, we were graced by the presence of “La Reina de la Niñez Salvadoreña”, Ashlyn Roman. Her elegants outfit was detailed with the use of corn husks. The use of corn husks is truly limitless. Roman even carried a small basket that held a couple ears of corn and a sunflower as she posed in front of our corn-husked covered sculpture. If we continue to build momentum, corn fashion might be on the next Vogue cover.
These days, the youth staff and adult staff tend to throw off our aprons and linger once 6:30 p.m. comes around. We make ourselves an elote (if there is any left), talk about the highs and the lows of the day, and slowly begin the cleanup process. With a consistent flow of customers for three hours, it’s about the first time we can all catch our breath. But we’re not complaining, our sore legs have become strong legs, and we have the sweat of our teamwork to thank for the success of the Dancing Elotes Project thus far!
On Saturday, August 13 Dancing Elotes Experience was part of Eatie Pride event that took place at Piers One Park; our youth staff lead by Cesar Ziegler the project coordinator served 300 ear of corn sponsored by Consilour Sal LaMattina.
VROCC Dancer delighted the audience with dances from El Salvador, Mexico, Chile and Colombia
This project was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Grant, with funding from The Barr Foundation.