Congratulations to our PandemiDiarios: Stories of Resiliency Winners
TUCSON (January 25, 2023) – Confluencenter is excited to announce that thirteen individuals have been selected to be part of the PandemiDiarios: Stories of Resiliency microgrant program!
PandemiDiarios is a microgrant program to support students, academic professionals, and community-based artists and practitioners who are producing creative works that reflect on the human experience of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The program began in 2020 and has since continued to provide a platform for our community to reflect upon and interpret the human experience of the pandemic from underrepresented perspectives.
In its two years, the program has awarded microgrants to thirty-five artists who have shared their experiences of living through the times of uncertainty. Final projects can be found archived on the UA Special Collections Family & Community Archives – PandemiDiarios and PandemiDiarios on the Border.
This year’s theme focused on the concept of capturing stories of resiliency, creativity, and diverse perspectives that characterize Native people and underrepresented groups in Arizona amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The awarded recipients are a diverse group of community and academic professionals who represent Native American communities and underrepresented groups in Arizona.
- J. Stanley, Navajo (Dine) – Indigenously Creative
- Alyssa Armendez, Navajo (Dine) – Fourth World Covid
- Dr. Jinhui Wu, Asian and first-generation college student – Traditional Papercut: Girls, Cactus, and COVID
- Monique Murrieta, LatinX – Free from All the Shame
- Derrick Gonzales, Tohono O’odham Nation – Happiness
- Jorge Manzanilla, UA Mexican American and Latin American Studies Graduate Student – Paternity and Migration in times of COVID: Community of Poetic Catharsis
- Julius Badoni Navajo (Dine) – Azhdiltl'is
- Quinton Antone Native Community of Tucson – Mending Broken Hearts
- Romy Ceron Canche, UArizona PhD in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures – Borders of a Pandemic: Stories of Resilience
- Millicent Pepion, Navajo (Dine) – Lila, Choctaw, and Mommy's Quarantine Collage
- Magda Mankel, ChicanX – Arivaca Oral History
- Alexander Beeshligaii, Navajo (Dine) – Story Line in a Silver Cuff Bracelet
- Gabriel Ayala, Pascua Yaqui – Healing Through Music