This month, (3) non-profit organizations and (2) schools used our website to sign up their teenagers for the My Block, My Hood, My City Explorers Club. Because of your continued support (donations and purchasing M3 apparel), we were able to take (12) curious teenagers on a field trip to explore the Pilsen neighborhood.
I purposely parked the van on 18th and Ashland, so we could walk past the prominent and beautiful murals displayed on the side of the buildings. We literally saw a full gallery of street art on our way to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Once we arrived at the Museum, the explorers couldn't stop taking selfies. (Job well done). The tour guide explained to us that the unifying factor of Mexican artwork is the colorful decoration, using symbols and designs which date back centuries. We saw everything from painted skulls, to a "tricked out lawnmower/ low-rider." Yeah, you read that right, A "Lawnmower-Low-rider." It was pretty intriguing. The Huichol art work was my favorite. Square pieces of wood were decorated with small commercially produced beads. Some pieces took months to create.
Our next stop was Nuevo Leon, an authentic Mexican Restaurant in the Heart of Pilsen. I could tell this place was legit because it was jammed packed with Latinos. They don't take reservations, so we were fortunate to get a table for twelve. The Neuvo Leon staff was very welcoming and hospitable.
We started off this Mexican feast with glasses of Horchata: which is Mexican rice water. The explorers said it tastes like milk and cinnamon. It was delicious. We tried a variety of foods: including Nachos, Steak Tacos, Tortillas, and a few other things we couldn't pronounce. We left full and satisfied.
MBMHMC supports organizations and schools that serve teenagers in under-resourced communities. Every month, we take a group of interested teenagers on a city-wide exploration, visiting hidden gem businesses, artful intersections and uncovering community roots. Our goal is to extend the already fantastic work you're doing by providing teens with custom explorations that help expand their worldview.