Good Day everyone, my name is Janci Zelaya and I am part of the Guerrilla Curators. Our group creates works of interactive art and beauty on our campus and advocates for equal rights in the art community. We look forward to seeing students with flowers in their hands, walking from to class to class, because of our latest flash flower installation (12/12/17). It's Christmastime which means it's time for giving. We hope that you find some love and care in your heart this holiday season to consider the important issues of inequality among artists. People need to appreciate artists, regardless of their race, age sexual identity, status or gender. It should be known that anyone at anytime is capable of creating art that is as important as any canonized works. A letter on a birth certificate should not dictate the importance of the person or of the artwork created by them. According to the Art Newspaper, only 27 percent of solo exhibitions went to female artists out of 590 shows at 70 institutions over a span of 6 years. It is baffling how women are not as valued as men among artists. Art is a way to let individuals express themselves and their views and silencing them because of their beliefs or simply because of who they are, defeats the purpose of creating art altogether. We, as people, need to recognize the equality and humanity of everyone; look beneath the labels and stereotypes and see that we are all one and the same.
The students at Thomas Starr King Middle School interacting with December's Flash Flower installation.