In the 2020 Capstone course, Scholars created artworks focused on the idea of family. Throughout the semester students explored the AAA3A (Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A) Gallery in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx which exists within the private home of Blanka Amezkua Throughout the course, Scholars learned about the Bronx, specifically the changing neighborhood of Mott Haven. They discussed the importance of nurturing artist run spaces and how the experiences they provide differ radically from larger established art venues. Through the use of many materials, student works highlighted the different ways art and culture can be seen, understood, and experienced. Scholars learned firsthand how contemporary art professionals tap into their many skills to balance the work of playing many roles at once.
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Blanka Amezkua is a Mexican born bicultural (Mexico/USA) mestiza artist, cultural promoter, educator and project initiator based in South Bronx. Formally trained as a painter, her practice is greatly influenced and informed by folk art and popular culture. In 2008 she began an artist-run project in her bedroom called the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project (BBBP). BBBP ran from 2008-2010. In 2016 she initiated and currently runs AAA3A (Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A) an alternative artist-run project which offers food, dialogue, workshops, and art in her living room. She is a member and active supporter of Running for Ayotzinapa 43, an international community of amateur athletes based in NYC that promotes dialogue and consciousness concerning human rights violations worldwide. Mentions of her work and projects can be found in various notable national and international publications. www.blankaamezkua.com