A door by definition is a barrier that allows you to enter or leave a room. Cultures throughout history have adopted doors to serve as symbols for transition, entering or leaving certain stages of life. Ancient Egyptians viewed doors as channels for communication with those who entered the afterlife, while in China open doors allow for the New Year to enter at the stroke of midnight. Doors represent a universe of the unlimited opportunities that transcend socio-cultural-economic boundaries.
“Doors to My Barrio” is a traveling public art project that partners with local Cleveland artists to create original pieces of work on recycled and salvaged doors. Artists are encouraged to create pieces that speak to a lived or anticipated reality of transition, be it theirs or an inspiration.
“Doors to My Barrio” will also serve as an anchor placemaking project for La Villa Hispana. La Villa Hispana is home to the densest population of Latino’s in the state of Ohio. The fabric of this diverse neighborhood is woven with the opening and closing of doors that encompass decisions made to leave ones homeland seeking new opportunities or the comfort of family. Kicking off their tour, the doors will travel the Latino Arts and Culture Celebration and Puerto Rican Parade. Displaying their visual narrative to over 20,000 participants at Voinovich Park. “Doors to My Barrio” will then be celebrated at the August and September “La Placita” open air markets at W. 25TH Street and Clark Avenue.
Upon completion of the exhibits’ tour, the doors will be displayed along the W. 25th and Clark Avenue corridors, the heart of La Villa Hispana. “Doors to My Barrio” is a continual reminder to our community that great changes are right past the threshold.
Help us open the “Doors to My Barrio”!
Your $1,000 sponsorship covers the cost of transforming a salvaged or recycled door into an experiential piece of community art, along with supporting the mission of Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center. Sponsored doors will include a plaque with their name and two lines of text.