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EL FLOW: Cross-Border Youth Culture in Conversation

Flow is defined as the rhythm and rhyme of a hip-hop song's lyrics and how they interact with each other. It also describes the way in which culture, language, music, and styles, wash back and forth across the border in a continual flow that rises and falls, is blocked, re-directed and flows again. This ongoing interchange of ideas and experiences forms a unique border rhythm that is mixed and re-mixed by each generation, producing a unique experience for border youth.

In the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012, students from 8 high schools, four on each side of the border, interacted with one another and explored what it means to be border youth through conversations, artwork and online interchanges. The Rubin Center invited a series of local artists and artist collectives to respond to the artwork created by the students and create two massive installations based on the themes of border life that have been raised in the youths writing, conversations and artwork. On installation is on display in the Rubin Center's L Gallery. The second installation is located at the Rodadora Museum in Ciudad Juárez.



David Flores and Aron Venegas



La Rodadora, Ciudad Juárez: Tamara Alejandra Carrillo Flores, Olmo Ricardo León Lara, Omar Ojeda López, Jorge Alejandro Pérez (Yorch), Juan Carlos Reyes Delgadillo (Waka) and Abimael Villaseñor (Melo)

Rubin Center, El Paso: Arturo Damasco, David Flores Rivera (Mambo), Jesus Elpidio Perez, and Juan Carlos Reyes Delgadillo (Waka)



Ciudad Juárez: Thomas G. Rogan, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez, Olga Elena Bashbush, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez

El Paso: Melissa Barba-Espinosa, Ysleta Independent School District


Ciudad Juárez

     Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Núm. 6
          Ing. Jesús José Padilla Moreno - Director North District
          Lic. Lorena Garduño - Public Affairs
          Prof. Ramón Mancillas - Coordinator

     Escuela Preparatoria Central de Ciudad Juárez
          Dr. Alfredo Cervantes Garcia - Principal 
          Lic. Arturo Ramírez Lara - Coordinator
     Escuela Preparatoria Federal por Cooperación "Altavista"
          Mtra. Armida E. Valverde Cabral - Principal
          Mtro. Luis Ruben Diaz - Coordinator

     Preparatoria Multicultural ITESM
          Ing. Martín López Méndez - Director General
          Arq. Saria López Acosta - Principal of Preparatoria Multicultural - ITESM
          Mtro. Mario Parra - Coordinator

El Paso

     Bel Air High School
          Francisco Delgado

     Eastwood High School
          Diane Vera
          Angelica Quillan

     Hanks High School
          Lorena Williams

     Riverside High School
          Rudy Martinez 
          Rick Boissilier


This project was supported in part by the U.S. Department of State Visual Arts Initiative, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Ysleta Independent School District and Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Pablo Rodrigo Juárez - Arte en el Parque, A.C.; Karen Alamo, Ing. Luis Carlos Hernández and Luis Mendoza of Espacio Interactivo La Rodadora; Rosa Elva Vazquez and staff of Museo De Arte, Ciudad Juárez; Magdalena Cedillos and Liliana Fuentes, Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera (MUREF); 656 Comics.

Ana Cruz Valencia, Oscar Ivan López; the U.S. Consulate General staff and the Chihuahua Business Foundation (FECHAC); The Northern Border Community Foundation and Project A Ganar; Julieta Saucedo, Erica Marin, Rebecca Muñoz, Wendi Glick, Alan Cadera, Arlyn Flores, Gabriela Moreno and Gabriel Vasquez.

Puro Borde Collective, Chassé Dance Studio, Colectivo Barimalá, Tribu del Trueno, and Rubin Center student interns.