Boston AIR is a program by the city of Boston- where, artists, community members, and City employees work on projects that help reframe social conversations. These artists explore the ways they can use art and media to improve and bolster City initiatives.
Marsha's work frames conversations around the concept of environmental justice, race, and immigration. She has partnerships with BCYF Paris St. Community Center, the Harborkeepers, Zumix, Eastie Farms, and others.
1. East Side Stories: An East Boston Traveling Community Quilt.
Follow me in the creation of a community quilt, that will encompass narratives from the East Boston community. This quilt will travel East Boston in the form of a quilt/dress that will get built during 2018, with the contributions of the community. This project will develop via Quilting Bees, which are gatherings meant to socialize with others to create a quilt together.
The quilt will then become a dress to be used as traveling performance art throughout East Boston.
2. East Side and Puerto Rico: Sharing Stories of Resilience
This project establishes connections between East Boston and Puerto Rico, as marginalized populations that are deeply impacted by climate change.
3. Learning from the Earth Keepers: Lessons from Indigenous Populations
Marsha Parrilla is partnering with members of the Mashpee Wamponoag community, and the Caribbean Taíno community, to better understand how they have applied their wisdom of the Earth for hundreds of years. This longterm project will reconnect us to our human essence, which in turn will help us appreciate the Earth, and take better care of it.