At the Latino Cultural Center, I helped with their summer camp for kids, ages 10-14. I took photos of the kids in their various classes (music, theater, art, and dance) as they prepared for their final performance. The most amazing thing was seeing the kids express themselves in each of the classes. For example, I was pleasantly surprised to see how “woke” the kids are! In their writing classes, they were given the opportunity to write plays about whatever topic they wanted, and the majority based their plays on the social issues of racism, school shootings, immigration, and politics. At such a young age they were making themselves be heard.
After their camp was over, I also photographed LCC’s Texas Latino Comic Con event which hosted various cartoonists from around Texas and some other states. I got a picture with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, who was one of the consultants from the movie Coco, and I attended a panel with artists who described what it was like to not see Latinos represented in comics. Their discussion showed that stereotypes aren’t true and that it’s important to share our stories with others.