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HELLGATE LANCE “ Day of the Dead Designs - Hellgate Spanish Students Raise Awareness for Latin American Issues FALL FASHION THE END OF STYROFOAM SAY WHAT?! DEER PROBLEMS SPEECH AND DEBATE BACK ON TOP SEXUAL ASSAULT IN HOLLYWOOD One of the many art projects that will go on display. This particular one deals with over-fishing in Nicaragua. Artwork courtesy of Finn Westenfelder Jason Upton News Editor On Friday, Nov. 3, art projects made by Spanish 4 students graced the inside of the Wilma Theater downtown. Orchestrated by Span ish teacher Chandra Brown, the works portrayed several different issues seen throughout Latin America. Along with the art, each project was paired with a bilin gual artist ’ s statement, explaining what the artwork was meant to represent and how it ’ s relevant in particular country. Towards the end of last school year, each student in IB Spanish 3 was given a separate Latin American coun try, ranging throughout Central and South America. Then, they were asked to choose an artist that originated in their country who they thought was particularly relevant. Finally, they were given a choice between four issues: environmental degradation, water issues, indigenous rights, and women ’ s rights. “ I feel like those four issues used a lot of the vocabulary that we had been studying throughout the year last year, so everybody in the class should have been familiar with the way some of those issues have presented themselves in various Latin American coun tries and then also have the vocabulary in Spanish with which to talk about those issues ” , said Brown. Throughout the summer, the students produced multiple pieces of artwork pertaining to their issue, with each one developing on the past one. Incorporating in the techniques used by their chosen artist, and how the issue related to their country, each piece of artwork was very unique. “ My hope was that by assuming the role of an artist working within their adopted countries, the students would be able to ex perience more compassion, more empathy, and maybe a different point of view rather than looking at the issue from the point of view of a North American, United States citizen and casting judg ment or saying ‘ they should do this ’ ” , explained Brown. “ Maybe by pretending that they ’ re from that country, delving deep into the issue, and looking at it through that lense [the students] could foster a different and a unique perspective. ” Luckily for Brown and the Spanish students, the end of their project fell right around the huge Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. One of Mexico ’ s biggest holidays, the Day of the Dead is meant to honor deceased loved ones. This ritual was started by the Aztecs around 3,000 years ago, and has since spread to the US. Although it is a little more sa cred in Mexico, there are many Day of the Dead festivities in the US, including the Day of the Dead parade right here in Missoula. The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) held several different work shops in which people could make their own decorations for the parade. This year marks„the 25th anniversary of the Missoula Festival of the Dead. With Latin American issues flying under the radar in-news cov erage, it will be of great use to the people of Missoula to see these and be able to identify specific issues in specific countries. Brown worried this may contribute to the ongoing stream of downcast stories going through the media, saying, “ I feel like we are constantly bombarded with almost too much news and too much awareness of the problems in the world, and so I was nervous about doing this project because I think it just perpetuates that cycle of bad news. ” However, she is confident it will be help ful to raise the recognition of these issues. “ If one of these issues in one of these far away places resonates with a Missoula resident, they can take more steps to learn more, or they could take steps to help, and I guess there ’ s nothing wrong with increasing the popu lation ’ s general awareness. ”