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Announcing Opera Cultura's new project: Mi Camino

August 11, 2020

Mi Camino: The Pandemic Stories of Farmworkers and Day Laborers

Art by Elba Raquel Martinez 

Mi Camino is Part II of a community-invigorated song cycle (La Frontera Project), created by composer and Artistic Director Héctor Armienta, focusing on stories of immigration. Mi Camino will explore the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants in Santa Clara County and the surrounding regions, particularly farmworkers and day laborers. Through song and multimedia, the story of how this community is being impacted by the pandemic will be told. Video interviews, photos, and writings from the community will serve as inspiration for the music, and will be incorporated into the performance of the work. Mi Camino will thus be a time capsule of our collective experience in this particular time in history. The performance will be live streamed in spring 2021.

We have partnered with three organizations to help us identify community members to interview for this project. If you know someone who may be interested in an interview, please let us know! We are offering $50 per interview. You can also download a flyer about the interviews: English version and Spanish version

Our partners for this project:
Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS) (Half Moon Bay CA)
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
 (Watsonville CA)
(San Jose CA)

Veggielution Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS)
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

This project is supported in part by:
Applied Materials FoundationCalifornia Arts CouncilCastellano Family FoundationFleishhacker FoundationThe National Endowment for the ArtsThe MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Office of Cultural Affairs – City of San José, an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; Silicon Valley CreatesSilicon Valley Strong of Silicon Valley Community Foundation; the Cultura Guild; and Friends of Opera Cultura.

Applied Materials Foundation California Arts Council MAP Fund  
Silicon Valley Creates Castellano Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Office of Cultural Affairs – City of San José
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Fleishhacker Foundation
#SiliconValleyStrong OPERA America

In-Kind Sponsors:
Perception Neuron
Visual Endeavors
Perception Neuron Visual Endeavors