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If the scrambled thoughts and opinions of a young on-the-road-to-being educated Latina in relation to community & art interest you at all, follow this blog! It’ll be great.

Art seems to be labeled as risky business. Sometimes just as a risk. Take that whichever way you will. As a first generation, low income, Latina college student it was hard to take it as a good thing.  I was super set on studying Architecture (a recurring plan I've found among my fellow Latinx Art Students to ease the minds of their parents). I got in to the Architecture and Design school at the University of Minnesota. But then I got accepted to USC (Southern California, not Carolina). It's a great school, except I got accepted as "Undeclared", so whatever major I ended up choosing I'd have to apply first. I spent a lot of time wondering if I made the right choice in choosing to go to one of the extremes of the continent to be an undeclared student, when I had it pretty much made here at home.

Anyways, during my first year I explored architecture and took some classes before applying to the architecture school. But I quickly realized I enjoyed the creating aspect of it much more than everything else. I took a Housing Design class in which we got to visit crazy mansions and write about the architectural features and design. I took another class called “The Architect’s Sketchbook” where I drew many buildings. My drawings only got better, and the advice I received from architecture students was always negative (even though I’m sure they still love what they do….) SO I landed in the happy medium of Design and Urban Planning, because the cool thing about college is you can study more than one thing at a time.


Now, I’ve just wrapped up my 2nd year of undergrad and I got this cool internship. If I had a title, it would probably be something along the lines of “Marketing Assistant”. I take pictures, document events and upkeep this bangin' blog.

Goodspace is the perfect mix of art, design, and everything else that matters to me.

That’s a bit about me. I welcome you in joining me on this summer long journey as I explore Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities area, immerse myself in some unique and beautiful communities, and help make some AMAZING murals.


Kulture Klub Mural Project

I’m writing this on a warm afternoon from my bungalow style workspace. There’s a couch up here, so it’ a nice life.

As I’m finishing my first week at GoodSpace I’ve already learned about some diamond organizations in Minneapolis. Youthlink, Project for Pride in Living, and Kulture Klub all housed in the same building in DownTown MN. These three organizations aim to help homeless youth in separate ways.

Maslow's Hierarchy of needs says you need to fulfill the bottom sections of the pyramid before you move up. The bottom two sections are basic needs, physical and safety needs. Physical needs are food and water, and safety includes having shelter and stability. These are needs that many young people go without, and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

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If you really want to help people get on their feet, and actually thrive, there has to be investment. That’s exactly what these organizations do. PPL provides the essentials, in providing homeless youth with housing, YouthLink connects struggling youth to a variety of resources including healthcare, employment opportunities, and more. And Kulture Klub offers community and healing through art to homeless youth, who otherwise may never have the opportunity or resources to do so.

I’m excited to be a part of the Kulture Klub mural project, which is in collaboration with all three organizations. Stay tuned for what's sure to be more on journeys to a better future, and getting to know amazing youth in the Twin Cities.