By Tiffany Saulter
Title: Art in Action Oral Histories Project, 2009-2010
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Transcripts provided by Art in Action.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
enFAMILIA, Inc., the organization behind Art in Action, was created to provide Art education and Educational programs to help improve and preserve family life. Since its incorporation in 2000, enFAMILIA has worked in collaboration with forty-two (42) groups that include faith-based organizations, social service agencies, academic and art institutions. These partnerships have allowed enFAMILIA to provide over 240 school children with art education annually, as well as 1,500 adults with marriage and family education training.
Professional artists who have graduated or are attending universities throughout the United States such as, Juilliard, University of Miami, and New York University, among others, come to Homestead for two months in the summer and volunteer as teachers for the Art in Action summer camp. The camp is intended to recognize and foster local young talented children by opening up opportunities for their future, providing avenues of self-expression, and stimulating thoughts about issues of social impact. The Camp encompasses a diverse and intense curriculum of Music, Dance, Poetry, Visual Arts, Drama, Film and Photography.
The collection includes oral histories from Directors and Founders of local community organizations, students in the Arts in Action program, as well as immigrants to South Florida.
Art in Action Oral Histories Project, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.
Box and Folder Listing
- Box 1
- Item 1: Carlos Salgado, Founder and Director, EnFamilia, July 29, 2010
- Mr. Salgado and his wife founded and are directors of the organization enFamilia. Mr. Salgado is a visual artist who has been painting for more than 40 years. When enFamilia began, the idea was to have a community center offering different services to the community. The Salgados tried to figure out how to include the arts in their mission; the idea for a summer camp came from their son Mauricio. The first camp was set up in 2003, in collaboration with Art South in Homestead.
- Item 2: Art in Action (AIA) students in the STORYQUEST program, June 2009
- An interview with a number of students who have participated in the Art in Action summer camp program over the years.
- Item 3: Steve Kirk, Executive Director, Rural City Neighborhoods, July 28, 2010
- Mr. Kirk talks about his work with Rural City Neighborhoods as an advocate for migrant farm workers and his experience collecting oral histories from a variety of farm works in North Carolina and South Florida.
- Item 4: Oberlin Vidales, July 30, 2010
- Mr. Vidales was born in Matamoros Mexico, a town that borders Brownsville, Texas. He lived there with his family until he was 11 years old. In 1974 the family received their papers and migrated to South Florida. Mr. Vidales talks about his experience as an immigrant in South Florida and how that experience has changed since the 1970s.
- Item 5: Pinita Alegre, August 3, 2010
- Ms. Alegra was born in the county of Belize. Her father was from Mexico and her mother from Belize. She lived eight years in Belize and eight year in Mexico.
- Item 6: Katiana Desir, Joshua Flores; AIA Storytelling Students, August 6, 2010
Kathy's family is originally from Haiti. Her mother came from Haiti 20 years before, for years before Kathy was born. At that time, transportation between Haiti and the United States was not expensive, so many families sent their children, hoping that they would become rich and send money back to Haiti. Kathy's mother worked for the sister of the man who would eventually become her husband. She then moved on to work on her own. Two years later, her mother's sister came from Haiti. They lived together, and her mother supported her sister. Over the years a number of family members have joined them in the United States.
Joshua is not exact sure when his family came to the United States, but he thinks in the 1980s. His mother, his grandmother and his aunt left Columbia to come to the United States. His grandmother and his aunt went back to Columbia, however his mother stayed.
- Item 7: Jose Jiminez, August 2, 2010
- Mr. Jiminez family came to the United States about 10 years ago. They came from Mexico from a town about an hour outside Mexico City. The family included himself, his brother and his parents. Mr. Jimenez talks about the difficulty his family had crossing the border into the United States and the various problems and experiences they have had living here.
- Item 8: Laura C. Williams, July 30, 2010
- Ms. Williams was born in Mexico. Her family came to the United States when she turned 18. They were a very traditional family; her mother stayed home. Her father worked at a bank, then a hotel as an accounting assistant and also at a Ford dealership. Things were very different for her father when they came to the United States.
- Item 9: Malcolm Inman, AIA student, July 29, 2010
- Mr. Inman first came to camp when he was ten years old, in 2002, and describes himself as very shy. His mother registered him for dance class and his older brother for art class. After about one week, he lost his shyness.
- Item 10: Marcus Inman, July 28, 2010
- Mr. Inman started attending AIA Summer arts camp the second year of its existence. He was nine or ten years old. His brother had been involved in the first year of the camp. Mr. Inman discusses his experience at the summer arts camp and how the experience affected him personally.
- Item 11: Michelle Inman, July 30, 2010
- Ms. Iman has lived in South Florida for thirty years. She came from St. Lucia in the Caribbean to the United States after her father married a retired Coast Guard. Ms. Iman talks about the importance of the arts in education
- Item 12: Rocio Tafur Salgado, July 17, 2010
- Ms. Saldago, one of the founders of En Familia, which began in 2000, discusses her earlier work in the area of domestic violence. En Familia exists to work with all members of families suffering from domestic violence.
- Item 13: Genor Dupuy, July 28, 2010
- Mr. Dupuy was born in Jacmel, Haiti and lived there for 21 years, later moving to Port-au-Prince.. He relocated to Miami at the age of 46. Mr. Dupuy discusses why he came to Miami and the difficulty in finding work here.
- Item 14: Shanel Sylvain, July 27, 2010
Born in Haiti, Mr. Sylvain moved to Port-au-Prince when he was seven. At twelve, his family relocated to his hometown. However, the school in his small home town was overcrowded and he was sent back to school in Port-au-Prince the following year.
There was often a lot of political unrest in Haiti, prompting many to relocate to the United States. Mr. Sylvain became a teacher and engaged in politics, gaining a number of political enemies. Soon after, he moved to the United States where he now lives with his wife and children.
- Item 15: Ruth Campell, June 24, 2009
- Ms. Campbell's interview includes a variety of information about the history of Florida including Henry Flagler's development of the bridge system in Key West, Florida, Hurricane Andrew, the Native Tribal Groups in the area surrounding the Tamiami Trail and the development of solid rocket fuel in Homestead among others issues.
- Item 16: Lilia Morrison, June 9, 2009
- Ms. Morrison discusses the experience of having her village bombed on D-Day and her family hiding in the cellar. Her family later relocated from Estonia to Poland and finally to the United States. Morrison now lives in South Florida, relocating from New York City after she completed her studies in art.
- Item 17: Barbara Portocarrero, June 24, 2009
- Ms. Portocarrero talks about her experience growing up in Nicaragua, particularly during the civil wars in the 1970s and 80s and their repercussions.
- Item 18: Karen Tavares, June 16, 2009
- Ms. Tavares discusses her family history in the Dominican Republic and her thoughts on the Dominican Republic. She also discusses her family's move to New York when she was still a child and her experience in these new surroundings.
- Item 19: Yesenia Rosas, July 13, 2010
- Ms. Rosas's mother and father were both born in Mexico; her mother was born in Matamoros and her father was born in Monterrey. Her mother came to the United States when she was nine, later meeting her father while they both worked as migrant farm workers. Ms. Rosas talks about her family's various experiences with the labor camps, including her parents work as migrant farmers and then owning and running a taco stand that mostly served the South Dade labor camp.
- Item 20: Yolanda Samaniego, Victim's Rights Advocate, Homestead Police Department, July 30, 2010
- Ms. Samaniego was born in Matamoros, Mexico, relocating to Texas when she was 15 with her mother and two brothers and eventually moving to South Florida in 2003 with her son Anthony.
- Item 21: Kametra Driver, Director, We Care, Homestead, FL, August 2, 2010
- Ms. Driver was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa. She moved to South Florida in 2001. She worked in the corporate world for several years but then went into the nonprofit arena.
- Item 22: Robin Wright; Executive Director of Weed and Seed; Board Chair, En Familia, August 2, 2010
- Ms. Wright was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, having been raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1982, she visited an uncle who was stationed at a base in Homestead and has lived there ever since. Ms. Wright discusses her involvement with community organizations and the needs of the community.
- Item 23: Steven Mainster, retired Director of Central Compeseno, August 4, 2010
- Mr. Mainster has lived in South Florida for 37 years, 35 of those years he worked as the director of Centro Campeseno. He first came to South Florida to work for another organization called "OMICA" (ORGANIZATION OF MIGRANTS IN COMMUNITY ACTION), which was a precursor of Centro Campeseno. Mr. Mainster talks about the history of the organization and what kind of programming it has been involved in.