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Jaclyn Reyes

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Drawing, photography, design, performance, research

Artist Bio
Jaclyn Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose work bridges education, storytelling, and research. She has done work for the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Resilient Communities program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Penguin Random House, and Condé Nast. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant and worked as an educator in Malaysia. As a teaching artist, she has worked in Brooklyn, Phnom Penh, Xela, and Gamay. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Arts Connect International and is a member of the women-centered music ensemble New Atlantic Chamber Gamelan. She earned her EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University.

Project Description
Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Public Art Festival
Working with Filipino-American residents, local businesses, and organizations in the Little Manila area of Woodside, Queens, Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente will create a series of community conversations culminating in a public art festival to celebrate and activate members of the Filipino diaspora. Of 86,000 Filipinos in NYC, over half live in Queens, with the largest concentration of Filipino-owned businesses on a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue known as Little Manila. To highlight the richness of this diaspora, they will conduct research, interviews, and community mapping to inform their partnerships and develop their approach to public art interventions. The project aims to explore the immigrant experience, putting Little Manila in dialogue with nearby immigrant communities from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

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