Collective Banner-making for “No Longer Invisible” Community Vigil
with Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente
Apr 10 2021
As part of No Longer Invisible – a multi-racial vigil and community gathering grounded in art, healing and solidarity for the Asian Pacific American community in the wake of anti-Asian violence, artist duo Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente of Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts will lead a collective banner making project over the course of two days. Centered around the concept of “We Belong”, this banner invites multi-lingual participation and takes inspiration from the rich culture of hand painted and highly vibrant signs in the neighborhood of Flushing.
Join us at Queens Museum on Saturday, April 10th, from 4-7pm* to contribute to the production of the collectively elaborated banner and/or to make your own personalized signs to speak out against xenophobia, racism and violence against Asian Pacific American communities. Families and people of all ages are welcome! *Mask wearing and social distancing will be maintained for everyone’s safety. The Museum’s exhibitions will close at 5pm.
On Sunday April 11th, 1-4pm the collective banner-making art station will participate at the No Longer Invisible community gathering and vigil at Bowne Playground, Flushing from 1-4pm. Join us there to finish the collective banner and display the artwork.
No Longer Invisible is led and designed by Asian American women, creatives, grassroots & community organizations doing direct work in Queens and NYC. Join us to grieve, heal and honor our heritage in Flushing – a community that has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and by Anti-Asian violence this year, and yet has received little support and attention. The vigil is organized by OCA-NY, MinKwon Center for Community Action, Blasian March, Queens Museum, Wide Awakes, For Freedoms, Caribbean Equality Project, Queens Public Library. ADA accessibility, language access and streaming details to be announced at nliflushing.com.
Jaclyn Reyes is an artist, designer, cultural organizer, and educator whose multidisciplinary practice intersects with education, storytelling, and research. Xenia Diente is a Queens-based artist and public art administrator with over 18 years of experience working with visual artists and designers to plan, design, fabricate and install public art citywide in civic projects. She strives to strengthen opportunities for artists and designers to creatively serve NYC. Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts is a collaboration between artists and cultural workers who support community-based arts and creative placekeeping efforts by those who support the diasporic Filipino community in Woodside, Queens and the greater NYC area.
Image credit: sketch for We Belong Banner by Jaclyn Reyes, translations text not final