July 27-September 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 27, 4-7pm
Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program with Lead Artist Roberto Lugo, in partnership with Vital New Voices.
This summer, 19 students will join forces with activist potter/spoken word poet Roberto Lugo to pay homage to unsung heroes of our community and tell the untold stories about their contributions. Homage will take the form of a giant ceramic tile mural that will be mounted permanently at Common Ground School after its Artspace debut, made in Lugo’s signature style, making reference to the ornate Della Robbia ceramic technique of the Italian Renaissance.
To accompany the mural, the students will develop spoken word works about their s/heroes that will be performed at the opening, July 27. The creative team working with Lugo includes Christian Ayala, Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez, Carly Gove, Shelby Simmons, theater artists Aaron Jafferis and Dyme Ellis, and Lugo’s Studio Manager Amanda Schneider with guest visitors who’ll help the students research their heroes, New Haven Librarians Diane Brown and Allison Botelho, Yale Librarians Mary Caldera and Bill Landis, and historian, curator and Museum Director Frank Mitchell.
This summer marks the first time that SAP will play host to an international exchange group of Fellows who will be embedded in the program, arranged in partnership with La Voz Hispana. The three Fellows come from Riobamba, known for indigenous and colonial ceramics, and today, as a center of tile making in Ecuador.