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Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente – Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Arts

Working with Filipino-American residents, local businesses, and organizations in the Little Manila area of Woodside, Queens, 2020 Create Change Artists-in-Residence Xenia Diente and Jaclyn Reyes are creating a series of community conversations and public art activations that celebrate and engage 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 put the Little Manila community in context with the greater immigrant experience in Queens. Visit the Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Arts website!

In the spring of 2020, Jaclyn and Xenia’s project evolved to include a new initiative, Meal to Heal. A partnership with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the Filipino American National Historical Society (FAHNS), Meal to Heal is a mutual aid project that pairs Filipino restaurants in Queens with hospitals, to provide free meals to frontline health care workers. Learn more about the project!

Community Partners:

  • Amazing Grace Restaurant
  • K’Glen Deli & Sari Sari Store
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