The Curacao Wall: Mi Voz Cuenta
The Curacao Wall - Mi Voz Cuenta ("My Voice Matters") - travels the United States with a message of unity
Curacao, via its community platform Curacao Contigo, continues to offer its support to the Latino community with its wall "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters"). This initiative, which started in Los Angeles, allows children and families from different cities to use drawings and messages to express how they feel about their roots, their culture, and the current immigration policies. The wall, which now has more than 400 drawings and messages, is on its way to other cities around the country. It's traveling inside a custom built 40-foot truck that will take it all the way to the White House on August 4th.
Published on LatinoLA: July 19, 2017
During its cross-country journey, hundreds of people will be able to witness this unique project and actively participate, capturing their feelings through drawings. Adults will be able to express how they feel through messages, which will also become part of the wall. Additionally, Curacao will offer free painting workshops for local families and children in six different cities. These will be led by renowned Latino artists, including Roberto Rico in Las Vegas and Luis Del Valle in Washington, D.C. Wall viewing and workshops will take place at the following locations and times:
• July 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Curacao store in Phoenix, Arizona (Desert Sky Mall, 7815 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033).
• July 22nd, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Dallas, Texas, at the Garibaldi Bazaar (9334 E R L Thornton Fwy., Dallas, TX 75228).
• July 26th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Chicago, Illinois, at the Discount Mega Mall in Little Village (3051 W 26th St., Chicago, IL 60623).
• July 29th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Elizabeth, New Jersey (456 North Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ 07208).
• August 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Washington D.C. by the White House.
"The goal of this wall is to make it clear that despite the current anti-immigrant environment, the Latino community is stronger than ever, and that it's only through love, respect, and tolerance that we can keep moving towards a society of greater justice and solidarity," stated Teylez Pérez, Curacao's vice president of marketing and advertising. "This wall is a testimony to the daily experiences and concerns of our community, and that's how we want to show it to the politicians in Washington."
After its tour of the country, the "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters") wall is expected to have around 5,000 drawings. It will reach Washington, D.C. on August 2nd, where it will visit different landmarks in the city, including the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the headquarters of Unidos US (formerly La Raza), and the Latin American Youth Center. At these stops, the entire community will have the opportunity to take part in the wall via their drawings, in an environment of creativity.
Lastly, on August 4th, the unity of the Latino community will be celebrated at an event held in the areas around the White House. This will include a painting workshop led by Luis Del Valle and the presentation of a book to the city's elected officials. The book will feature the drawings of "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters"), and will be presented as a symbol of the hope and optimism of the immigrant community.
Follow all the stops that Curacao's "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters") truck makes throughout the country at www.facebook.com/CuracaoUSA .
About the "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters") Wall: United, we are stronger
In these times of uncertainty for so many immigrants, the Curacao Company, with its community platform Curacao Contigo (#CuracaoContigo), aims to send a message of support to the community with a wall that showcases drawings done by children from all over the country. With these drawings, children can express their feelings about their roots, their culture, and current immigration policies, bearing witness to the strength of the Hispanic community and reminding politicians of the need for responsible governing. The first phase of the "Mi Voz Cuenta" ("My Voice Matters") initiative took place in Los Angeles and will continue in other cities that have a significant Hispanic community, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. #MiVozCuenta.