Asociación De Mexicanos En Carolina Del Norte (AMEXCAN)

Photo courtesy of Sally Jacobs

Photo courtesy of Sally Jacobs

AMEXCAN will lift up the story of migrant farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina by creating a mobile “living” sculpture – a school bus that includes art (inside and outside, including indigenous design elements and photographic portraits), audio that will share migrant workers’ stories, and interactive elements for community participation that will continue to evolve over time. This project will be facilitated under the leadership of Sally Jacobs, a painter and multimedia artist based in Greenville, NC. Sally has spent three years in Eastern North Carolina building relationships in the farmworker community while co-directing the documentary, At A Stranger’s Table, which follows the lives of migrant farmworkers and introduces them to consumers in hopes of creating mutual understanding. Working with partners including Pitt Community College, Pitt County Arts Council, the East Coast Migrant Head Start program and East Carolina University, the Inclusive Public Art project will create a platform for farmworkers to tell their stories in their own voices, while highlighting the essential economic and cultural contributions of the migrant H-2A farmworker population and will create opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration and understanding. The bus itself serves as a metaphor, as gutted and repurposed school buses are the primary mode of transportation that farmers utilize to transport workers and equipment to the field and produce/harvests from the field in Eastern North Carolina. On the road, these school buses are hiding farmworkers in plain sight, which speaks to the isolation of this community. The mobile sculpture will have a permanent home in Alice F. Keene District Park in Greenville, NC, but also will travel to schools and other community events, as well as to farmworker camps.