Dear GlobalGiving community,
As we near the end of 2021, the team at La Maraña would like to share its immense gratitude for all of your support throughout this and all of the years.
Over the past few months, and since we last shared an update with you, our team has been working on transitioning our work from Imaginación Post-María to the next phase of participatory community imagination and design.
As we transition out of a post-disaster model to a forward-looking standpoint of creation and not of repair or mitigation, we look forward to launching Nuestre Espacio Común (Our Common Space.) Our Common Space (hereinafter, NEC) seeks to be a platform to research, plan, imagine and collectively build spaces that tell our stories and that promote climate justice and equity from our communities. Recognizing the absence of accessible resources to carry out projects that advance climate justice, through NEC we will disseminate the participatory planning and design tools developed and make them available to organized communities to enable transformations towards climate justice.
As part of this transition, and 1,500 days after Hurricane María, we made sure to celebrate our partner communities’ successes in an event this past October. This day-long event gave us the opportunity to share in a physical space, after one too many months of virtuality, and once again connect with the dreams and goals that brought us together in the first place. Our partner communities for Imaginación Post Maria -Parceleras Afrocaribeñas por la Transformación Barrial (PATBA), Brigada Palomas, Asociación Recreativa y Educativa Comunal del Barrio Mariana de Humacao (ARECMA)- shared the work of the past three years and their reflections on the importance of participatory design in the the long term vision for the just recovery for communities across Puerto Rico. It was a great day filled with activities, food, joy and connection!
We are also happy to announce that we have launched the preview to our very own Cartuchera Comunitaria™. We invite you to navigate to cartucheracomunitaria.com and familiarize yourself with the characters that will be leading us through the different kits of community planning and participatory design tools. We have Doña Luz with Community Mapping, Toni and his daughter Adriana with Imaginary Workshops, Susana with Community Processes, Marisa with Participatory Design and Dé with Narrative Justice. Our aim is that by the next time we share an update with you we will have launched the full version. Stay tuned to our social media accounts and let us know what you think!
Along with this preview, we are also excited to share that we are almost nearing the end of post-production for our documentary, Desde Adentro (From the Inside) and currently fundraising for the finishing touches of this long-awaited piece. We will soon be launching the trailer to this piece and can’t wait to see your reactions.
We look forward to continue sharing our work with you and thank you for believing in the power of communal and innovative spaces!
Happy Holiday Season!
With so much care,
La Maraña's Team
The group at the event
Still from Cartuchera Comunitaria Intro Video
Still from Desde Adentro trailer