Gift to America 2.0:
New Voices. New Walls.

Christiane Dolores

Artist, storyteller, objectmaker, soundscaper, and cultural provocateur

She is the founding member of the #notwhite collective. She has an Artist residency at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Collaboration with BOOM Concepts. Born in France to an African-American father and German mother, later making Pittsburgh home, Christiane reflects: “I know what it is to leave a home you love, to weep for what is familiar, to do what it takes to make this new and unfamiliar place a home and to keep your family safe amongst those who would tear your family apart.”

Max E. Gonzales

Muralist, printmaker, curator, educator and social activist, 4th generation Mexican American

Recently moving to a full-time career as an artist, he creates and collaborates with organizations like BOOM Concepts, Assemble, Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project, and Rivers of Steel. Max’s envisions his artistic outcome to be a collaboration: “I wish to use this project as a way to highlight the voices of the underrepresented while creating a community for those who share common experiences.”

Maggie Negrete

Artist, illustrator, designer, award-winning educator and currently the Art Director of Women in Sound

She is a 2nd generation Mexican American, a member of the #NotWhite Collective and the first artist in the Boom Concepts Boom Universe residency. Maggie uses, “…text and illustration to address issues around community and identity, often focusing on feminist issues.” Through Gift to America 2.0: “My goal is that all people with liminal cultural identities can see my work alongside the Maxo Vanka murals and find an anchor in this uniquely American experience.”

Cue Perry

Northside Pittsburgher, spontaneous creator, Pittsburgh 40 under 40

Cue responded to Gift to America 2.0 Call for Artists to help create and send an uplifting and informative statement. Through solo exhibitions, performance art, and installations, he has advocated, inspired creativity, and enhanced learning, living, and working environments throughout the city. Installations have appeared and remain in locations like Urban Academy, Blend Lounge, and the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in Homewood. Cue’s inspiration for this project: “These themes specifically speak very closely to my community, and I would love the opportunity to use my visual voice to share and keep the conversations going.”

Corey Carrington, Deeper Than Grits Studio.

Corey Carrington of Deeper Than Grits Studios is the inaugural curator of Gift to America 2.0.

An accomplished poet, collagist, and curator from Pittsburgh’s Northside, Carrington’s work in performance and visual art have been seen at the August Wilson Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Wood Street Galleries, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, BOOM Concepts, and The University Gallery/Frick Fine Arts Building.

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