Martin de Porres Center
Support for Martin de Porres Center will help integrate the arts into Latinx communities.
Thanks to you and other generous donors, the Martin de Porres Center can provide arts education to Latinx youth in the 2022-2023 school year.
Families of color have faced numerous challenges due to the pandemic. Art has become a way for students in these families to express themselves, manage stress, and open up about issues they are facing. The Martin de Porres Center has created an ongoing initiative to involve the young Latinx community of Columbus in the arts by providing a series of safe spaces for growth in art, social-emotional skills, social issues, and classroom skills. Weekly sessions examine issues such as gender equality, culture, poverty, social class division, race, discrimination, immigration status, and family separation–in tandem with art instruction. Middle and high school students will develop individual art projects in a series of mediums, culminating in a final gallery project.
Thank you for enabling the Martin de Porres Center to help Latinx youth develop a stronger sense of community and unity through art.
We are Better Together!
“Students can express themselves and find a relief of pain, stress, and anxiety. They gain a better understanding of culture. As a former student, I enjoyed the times we had art at the center. This is the same for both boys and girls.”
—Wendy Vasquez, former participant and current mentor
Caring for the educational and spiritual needs of God's people, including outreach to underserved Latino, African-American, and immigrant communities.