At the Philadelphia ICE building, Michelle Angela Ortiz led over 30 volunteers, community members, and undocumented families from Juntos to install the words of Ana, an undocumented mother detained at Berks Detention Center.
This video highlights the messages of community members from Juntos. They share how deportations affect them.
On July 25th, 2016, Juntos, the #Not1More Campaign, GLAHR, Congress of Day Laborers and others marched during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia demanding migrant justice that actually addresses the persisting inhumane policies under the Obama Administration.
Somos Regla is a public art project in Regla (Havana, Cuba) led by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz as part of the Meridian International Center's Community Engagement through the Arts program.
Through the U.S. Embassy, artist Michelle Angela Ortiz conducted a series of workshops on urban art and recovery of public spaces, this time in Juarez, Mexico. In 2006, many communities in Juarez, Mexico lost their homes, family members and possessions in a violent flood. FECHAC, a privately funded foundation in Juarez, rallied together to build a channel Arroyo del Indio to protect the community from future floods and claim as their own space.
Familias Separadas project was chosen from 260 entries across the country. Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program.
In November, Ortiz worked with Habitajes in creating 2 murals with the Mazahua and Otomi indigenous communities. De la Memoria Al Muro built from Habitajes’ work and connect directly with both communities and from their stories of migration, identity, and their struggle in claiming safe spaces for their families. She trained local artists and indigenous youth to represent these stories in the creation of two 60' tall mural in Mexico City.
The “Aquí y Allá” transnational public art project created and directed by local artist Michelle Angela Ortiz. The project explores the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Talleres Protegidos de Rehabilitacion is an institution that joins the Mental Health of the Ministry of Health, Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. This was a U.S. Embassy sponsored artist residency in April 2012.