We were first contacted by former Artpace San Antonio educator Kendra Curry in September to work on the 2009 Holiday Window. Artpace’s Holiday Window exhibition is unique because it pairs a local artist (or art collective in our case) with a group of students at a local high school to create an exhibit in Artpace’s front windows that celebrates the holiday spirit. This year the brand new Henry Ford Academy was selected to be a part of this project with teacher Luis De Luna. We began meeting with Artpace Education Curator Alex Freeman, Luis De Luna and a small group of students (pictured above) in November.
We wanted to convey the true spirit of the holidays by creating short films that depicted the students participating in acts of kindness. The students were mostly shy around us, but with the help of Luis and Anel Flores we were able to talk and brainstorm with the students. We spent a day videotaping interviews with students who had stories or ideas they wanted to share with us. We selected three stories from the students to work with. Each story was unique in some way. Gary Guadarrama told us about how he used his art to make someone else happy, Marlene Mejia wrote and played a song inspired by her father and Nicholas Chavez took a friend to watch the sunset. We couldn’t be more thankful to the parents of the three students we worked with; without their help the films would not have been possible.
The opening was on December 3rd, 2009 at Artpace San Antonio. We had spent the day finalizing the installation and were so excited for the students, parents and art community to see our latest work. We all stood outside together in the cold to watch the films play through the windows. Mrs. Guadarrama was so proud of Gary’s video she cried. After speaking with the parents and Henry Ford Academy faculty we realized how important this project was and we were happy to have been a part of it.
Presents Made From Memory
A collaboration between Mark Walley and Angela Guerra
& Students from Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design
December 3, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Artpace San Antonio