Family Art Workshop with Lina Montoya: Bottle Flowers

Saturday, June 2, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
FREE with Museum Admission

Originally from Colombia, Montoya said this project was inspired by her home country's annual Festival of Flowers, in which townspeople carry baskets of flowers through the street. For her installation at New World Prep, more than 5,000 recycled plastic bottles transformed a Port Richmond sidewalk into a sea of flowers, thanks to the work of 250 middle school students. Lina Montoya will guide participants through the techniques used to create unique “bottle-flowers” calling for environmental justice through beauty. Registration recommended.

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Supported in Part by Lily Auchincloss Foundation and Richmond County Savings Foundation.

About the Teaching Artist

Lina Montoya, A.K.A. “Ele Eme”, has been a Staten Island-based artist since 2010. A passionate, creative, and rising Graphic Artist and Designer born and raised in Medellín, Colombia.

Montoya has an extensive background in Graphic Design, Web, and Advertising working with several clients and agencies worldwide. Recently, because of her community-based creative work, she has been developing her career as Muralist, Teaching Artist, and Community Organizer. She has experience working with public agencies and community based organizations around New York City.

As a vehicle to express her talents, share her migratory experience and celebrate multiculturalism, she founded the “Ele Eme Project” in Colombia, before she moved to the United States in 2010. It is an artistic initiative developed between New York City and Latin America that intends to exchange “Magical Experiences” through socially engaged art for public space beautification and landscape transformation.

She has been working since 2013 on two on-going series of public art: “La Isla Bonita Series”, as a tribute to Staten Island and New York City’s beauty and diversity and “MusiCalls Series”, that intends to beautify as many places as possible along the Americas from North to South.

There’s several pieces on display around Staten Island where she has participated. In addition to all the temporary art-making activities she leads around the five boroughs and the murals she has painted in Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

Montoya is a granted artist by the Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), Staten Island Arts (COAHSI), the Wagner College Port Richmond Partnership, City Parks Foundation (CPF) and UNIQLO Arts Expressions Grant 2017 by the Department of Parks and Recreation New York City Parks. Mentee of the Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Teaching artist for the Police Athletic League (PAL) and Groundswell Community Art Project.