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Michelle Angela Ortiz is continuing her commitment to addressing immigrant rights with Familias Separadas. She has created a series of stenciled portraits and phrases derived from interviews with immigrants living in Philadelphia that have been directly affected by deportations. The stencils are being made in collaboration with the JUNTOS youth group and placed in key locations throughout the city. The recorded oral histories are available online for the public to access. Members of the public will also be able to add their own stories to the collection.
Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator based in Philadelphia. She uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform “blighted” spaces, producing visual affirmations that reveal the strength and spirit of the community. Ortiz has designed and created over 30 large-scale public works around the world. She is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), and a recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008) and two Art & Change Grants (2012 & 2006). She holds a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design and a Master's Degree in the science of arts and cultural management from Rosemont College.
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Familias Separadas / Eres Mi Todo (You are My Everything) © 2015 Michelle Angela Ortiz. City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia. Photos by Steve Weinik.
Familias Separadas / Te Amo (I Love You) © 2015 Michelle Angela Ortiz. Love Park, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia. Photos by Steve Weinik.
Familias Separadas / Se Siente el Miedo © 2015 Michelle Angela Ortiz. 9th Street and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik.