The Aurora occasion will illuminate Dallas Metropolis Corridor with projected art work by Jan Tichy

While the pandemic kept everyone at home last summer, a small group of high school students from two different neighborhoods of Dallas learned how to turn questions into art.

This project by Chicago-based artist and educator Jan Tichy is part of Aurora, the biennial arts festival that typically takes over downtown streets and buildings every other fall. In 2020 Aurora turned for socially distant events in parking garages for the exhibition “Area 3” with regional artists and the sound art exhibition “Ssalute” by the international artist Marina Rosenfeld.

Combining art, activism, and education, Tichy’s project revolved around a digital workshop where students from Vickery Meadow and Oak Cliff responded artistically to Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to pull Texas out of the US Refugee Resettlement Program.

Josafat Delgado, who created “La Familia”, is one of the young artists participating in the “Remote Pyramids” program.(Josaphat Delgado)

The culmination of this work, Remote Pyramids, will be on view in a one-night public art exhibition at Dallas City Hall beginning January 23 and a six-week exhibition at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

The students produced a series entitled “Questions to the Mayor” that focused on four themes: poverty, policing, the environment and cultural heritage. They used their own migration stories to create murals, paintings, stop motion videos, and comics. These will be exhibited in the cultural center until March 6th.

Tichy brings it all together in the January 23 projection, which runs all night after sunset on the northwest corner of Dallas City Hall.


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