This Centro teaching guide focuses on the documentary Memories on the Wall: Education and Enrichment through Community Murals. The documentary explores the creative process used by Puerto Rican community muralist, María Domínguez, and students from I.S. 406 in East Harlem/El Barrio in Manhattan, New York, in conjunction with the exhibit Labor (September 27, 20011 to January 6, 2012, at the Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery) to create a mural. This guide also looks at select community murals created and directed by Domínguez. After viewing and discussing the documentary, students will discuss the concept of symbols. In the documentary María Domínguez and students form I.S. 406 explored symbols in regards to the art exhibit Labor. Labor was an art exhibition, inspired by information in Centro Archives, that pays tribute to the nearly 600,000 Puerto Rican workers who, in the 1940s and 1950s migrated to the U.S. looking for work and a better life.
Memories on the Wall: Education and Enrichment through Community Murals