$1.5 million grant will help scholars and community partners reframe representations of the border | Local News

So far, it has used $800,000 in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to produce approximately 60 arts and culture projects in partnership with local people and organizations.

Now Fronteridades will be able to do even more. This month, the Mellon Foundation awarded Duran and his Confluence Center team an additional $1.5 million to continue and expand its frontier research, education, and storytelling initiatives.

“One of the main goals of the project is to expand understanding and inclusivity in representations of the border by centering histories and representations of activity around residents and border communities,” he said. declared.

Melissa Brown-Dominguez and Mel Dominguez, owners of Galeria Mitotera in South Tucson, are among the many community partners Duran works with to achieve this goal. The couple’s gallery has hosted many community events showcasing the work of Indigenous and Latino artists, which is how they connected with Duran a few years ago.

Murals, which Mel Dominguez called “our version of storytelling,” are one of the mediums they work with the most. And with the extra money from this new grant, they will be able to expand their reach.

“What makes it super exciting to be involved with this grant is bringing artists from Nogales,” said Dominguez. “With everything going on with COVID and people going out again now, art and culture is a form of communication. We are thrilled not only to find and meet these artists from Nogales, but also to bring them into the environment here in the native land.