Library Innovation Lab 2018
Library Innovation Lab 2018: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities through Public Humanities Programming
The library's primary goal in applying for grants is to continue the dialogue about the various communities that co-exist in Watsonville and documenting their experiences. This is accomplished by the library developing partnerships with local community members and other non-profit organizations to foster awareness of the struggles of discrimination, exploitation, migration, and civil rights that local citizens have experienced in the past and today.
Phase Two: Community Meetings
Did you leave your country of birth to come to a new place in search of a better life? Are you the first or second generation United States citizen with stories from your parents or grandparents to tell about their migration experience? The Watsonville Library is offering you an opportunity to share those stories through the universal language of art.
The Pajaro Valley Community is invited to submit or tell their immigration stories at community meetings scheduled on June 30th and July 7th at 2pm at the Watsonville Library Conference Room. These stories will be used to generate a mural that communicates the immigration experience in a universal visual that will be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Local muralist, Jaime Sanchez, and a team of 5 young artists will develop the concept and draw the outline on various mural panels based on community input. In the fall, the community will be invited to help paint these murals which will be on permanent display at the library.
Submit your story to Alicia Martinez via:
♦ voice mail box: (831) 768-3403
♦ email your story to alicia.martinez AT cityofwatsonville.org.
♦ Come to the Community Meetings at the Library either on June 30th and/or July 7th at 2pm.
Phase One: Evaluation and Input from our Community
Is Complete! Thank you to everyone who participated in our surveys!
About the Grant
Twelve public libraries across the state of California will receive support from California Humanities as part of the second year of their Library Innovation Lab program. The program is designed to explore new ways of engaging immigrant communities through public humanities programming. Each library will receive up to $5,000 to support public programs, along with an intensive program of training and technical support.