Lynn Ditchfield, Ed.M.,M.A., has been an educator in a variety of settings from urban to rural schools (including international), pre-school to university. She received the Arts/Learning Award for advocacy, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, served as a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Argentina, and has appeared in three editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For 24 years at MVRHS, she taught Spanish, chaired the World Language Department for four years, and organized numerous international exchanges. Her first Masters in Education was based on the work of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian
educator noted for his approach to critical and creative thinking. She received her second Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education focusing in the Arts In Education approaches for at-risk youth. She founded Adult and Community Education of Martha’s
Vineyard (ACE MV), serving as Executive Director and Program Director for seven years. Since 1970, Lynn has worked on Immigrant Rights. She founded the community forum theater group Nightmares and Dreams/ Immigrant Voices, and wrote Women and Children in Detention Trilogy, narratives for curriculum use in grades 7-12 and beyond. She currently works as a writer, workshop facilitator, teacher trainer, and adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University. She is also a candidate at the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts of the European Graduate School: Arts, Health and Society Division, and recipient of the MV Vision Fellowship supporting the development of an Arts-Based Curriculum Guidebook on Immigration.
Camila Fernandez graduated from Middlebury College in 2015, where she studied International Politics and Economics with a focus in Latin America and a minor in German. She has also taken numerous courses at universities abroad, such as at the Johannes Gutenberg Universitat in Mainz, Germany and at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. She currently works as an office manager at Novatus Energy, a renewable energy company. Prior to joing Novatus, Camila worked at Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as a legal assistant in the Global Securties group, where she focused on Latin American transactional deals. Camila immigrated to the United States from Uruguay when she was 4 years old. Due to her close and personal connection with immigration issues, she has always had a passion for learning about ways in which to help immigrant communities.
“My work is about a basic and simple reflective truth. In the process of creation, the work on clay, paper, or canvas flows without any hesitation, spontaneously, with great vitality and with joyful sense of alive-ness. My pieces celebrate all our existence within this ancient, universal truth we carry forward through ourselves from the generations we came from to the future of humankind.” Ledesma has gallery exhibits of his paintings and sculpture in his studio and has sponsored other artist exhibits (see http://www.washingtonledesma.com). He teaches classes at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
I have liked drawing since I was in first grade in Brazil. But art is not a strong topic there like it is in the U.S. When I came to the US, my passion for art just started to grow more and more. Traveling, and experiencing a different culture helped me to be more interested in art, especially when I research famous artists like Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci. All of them use unique techniques, and in my artwork I try to take a little from each of them, and to create my own style.
Sometimes you have to like your own work. It’s your effort that counts and the dedication that you give to your pieces. I want others to think about my emotion, and to make them keep thinking about my artwork, to think what I was feeling while making it.
Art is a way of expressing your feelings. Basically, art is therapy for making people feel good about their thinking. Art is international. You can see a painting from any other place or country without knowing the meaning behind it, but you are able to translate it into your “language” just by seeing, not speaking.
I grew up in the heart of Chicago, Pilsen Neighborhood. A lot of my art is influenced by the colors, murals, and Mexican-American culture Pilsen has to offer. I go to school at Middlebury College in Vermont studying Studio Art and Education Studies.
My art focuses on the multifaceted stories of Latino communities. By employing techniques of silk screen printing, acrylic painting, and other mixed media art,- color, texture, and line/pattern are manipulated to communicate, not only my story as a Mexican-American artist, but the many complex experiences felt by my community.
I've always been aware of immigration and immigration issues. I know the fear and the complexity that is intertwined into each experience. This is something I use to push my art forward to make people feel and relate. As a result, I hope to continue opening up spaces for conversation around the exploration of one’s own relationship to culture, identity, and emotional and mental responses to anxiety among other overwhelming experiences.
It is the act of asserting the stories most culturally impactful to me, and often marginalized, within larger conversations of culture that I find most exciting and revelatory about the work.
Fátima Ronquillo Jarrillo
Fátima Ronquillo Jarrillo is a 16 year old aspiring architect. She is proud of her Mexican heritage. In her watercolor painting, her 80 year old indigenous Mazateca grandmother stands in a field in Oaxaca in southern Mexico.
Mass Cultural Council and MV Vision Fellowship
Funds to help support granted in part by: Mass Cultural Council and MV Vision Fellowship