Augustin Barajas-Amaral

Agustin Barajas-Amaral, The Cultural Appreciation Art Project

The Cultural Appreciation Art Project is an art project for Oakland Youth at Urban Promise Academy. The art project will allow youth to plan, illustrate and display multi-ethnic cultural imagery that celebrates cultural similarities and differences.

The purpose of the project is to help youth to create a safer community where cultural differences are celebrated and similarities recognized.

Through this project, youth and their parents will recognize ethnic diasporas and move away from stereotypes of race, and they will see the intersectionalities of race where we recognize Black Arab, Afro Latinos, etc. The project’s first goal is that youth will create and hold deeper friendships and relationships with one another, youth, and adults.