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Crónicas: Bilingual Latina Women’s Creative Voices Project
26 Oct 2013
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EDUCA and CENTRO LATINO are leading the Bilingual Latina Women’s Creative Voices Project, Crónicas, sponsored by a grant from the Kentucky Women Foundation. This program will enable women to tell their stories as immigrants who have journeyed from their country to the United States in order to better their lives. Through the use of seminars, forums, and discussions, they will learn to write effectively about their experiences and feelings with their struggles and hardships dealing with domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and parenting hardships. We see their courage in leaving their homes in foreign countries and making the exhausting trek toward a life never possible in their homes as a very positive condition for change and growth. We propose to use the literary form of creative writing to enable Latina women to share their stories, use their voices to promote change in their communities, and allow them to shine as the independent people they are. As they share their stories, the influence for good will also release gifts in those who hear and see this transformation. We expect this to be a catalyst for their discovery of their own talents, beauty, independence, courage, and even more virtues that are within them. Latinos are the fasting growing minority and it’s important to give women a chance to rise up from their circumstance and find pride in their past as well as encourage a new hope for their futures.

Crónicas: Bilingual Latina Women’s Creative Voices Project is organized by Arcea Zapata de Aston, Ph.D. from EDUCA and founder of the program and Sister Fran Wilhelm from Centro Latino.

The artist or arts organization telling this story was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. KFW is based on the belief that when women and girls advance, so does Kentucky. For more information about the foundation and the social change artmaking being done by the individuals and organizations it supports, visit www.kfw.org." 

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Comments (25)
donte castro Tue, 3 Dec 2013 4:57pm

I think this organization is a very good cause, not alot of people understand what these people have been through in their country or what they had to do to get here. Its wonderful that these women are going to be able to express themselves and share their experiences with others. In doing this, people that are not familiar with their culture can get a grasp of their hardships and be more sympathetic towards immigrants rather than look down upon them. Mostly all immigrants come to this country to better their life and even some leave their families to make a decent income to support their familes back home.

                                                        -Donte C.

Nick Gaddey Wed, 4 Dec 2013 7:13am

This seems like a great organization with a very important cause. Being born here in the United States, I can't imagine what it would be like to pack up everything you have, and move to a foreign place. It'd be really interesting to hear some of their stories and see how they overcame any hardships they might have faced. I know from experience what its like to head to a foreign country, mine being travelling to Brazil. It was like visting a different world compared to the one I'm used to. I wish this organization all the best.

-Nicholas Gadey

Hannah Neptune Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:23am

I find this organization very inspiring. The United States is a counrty full of oppurtunities and the fact that this organization encourages immigrants to tell their stories is amazing. Coming to the United States is not easy. Not only is the journey hard, but making the decision to leave your home, your country, the place where you fit in, that has to be hard as well. Imagine being put right in the middle of a country with a foreign language and having to start from scratch. The bravery, courage, and motivation that these women represent needs to be seen by others. Kudos to this organization for doing a great job!


Hannah N.

Robert Tanner Vivrette Fri, 6 Dec 2013 5:47am

This program sounds terrific! I was born and raised here in the USA, however, I understand the way many of these women may feel. I hvae never been in these womens exact shoes but i have been in relating situations. Im sure everyones been on the outside looking in at some point. Think about transferring colleges, for example. Your in a new town with new people. You may or may not know anyone that well, and if not, then feelings of lonileness, stress, and/or depression have a good chance to arise. Now, instead of thinking about transferring colleges, put  it in these womens perspective. all the challenges that i have ever faced almost seem laughable compared to many of these womens situations. This program can significantly help ease many of the negative emotions. By sharing their stories, these women are going to become more comfortable and feel support through each others stories. This program was a great idea and i believe it will be very succesful in its attempt to help immigrants.             

- Robert Vivrette                                                  

Justin Kinison Fri, 6 Dec 2013 6:13am

This seems like a very good cause, and I am glad that something like this is being funded out of Kentucky.  It takes a lot of courage to completely uproot from your home and move to an unknown land simply for the opportunity to better your life.  Immigrants, especially those of Hispanic descent, are often looked down on by others and hopefully this program will help shed some light to those people so that they can understand everything that these women have been through.

Shelby Phillips Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:30pm

I cannot imagine the struggles faced by these women as they venture to a completely new environment and try to better both theirs and their family's lives. This seems like a wonderful outlet to these women and will no doubt be received warmly. I especially like the focus on feminism because for once, these women finally can stand on their own and be confident in themselves and their ability. I am tremendously glad such an outlet exists for these women, and this program is such a great advancement for Latinas.

Danielle Barnett Mon, 9 Dec 2013 3:43pm

This program is very neat. I think it is awesome for these women to have the chance to not only learn through their writing, but to also tell their stories. It is hard for us to understand troubles they go through because we have such good lives. These women are truly inspiring after all that they have been through. The program definitely creates a confident and happy feeling for those involved. These women encountered a lot to be where they are and they deserve this program.

Aaron Christopher Eaves Tue, 10 Dec 2013 6:32am

I love this program! It inspires to work harder and put effort in because of the advantages I have. These women do not have the same advantages but yet they are making a huge effort to better themselves by leaving their own country. I would support this program for the fact that we are giving people who didnt have much of a chance, a chance.

- Aaron Eaves

Kaitlyn Pelletier Tue, 10 Dec 2013 7:48am

This program sounds amazing. To learn and to share their stories of their hardships, we can all learn from them. Their bravery and courage to leave their home for a new one. I believe this program can help make a difference. 

- Kaitlyn Pelletier 

Ciara Nicole Roehrich Tue, 10 Dec 2013 8:08am

This program is truly inspiring. It's amazing for these women to get the oppurtunity to write down and talk about their stories. Some of these women have had such horrible times, and it's great that they have this oulet. I can't imagine the pain and struggle it is to just move to another country. These women are truly inspiring. And this organization is amazing. I hope it does really well. 

-Ciara Roehrich

Rhiannon Moore Tue, 10 Dec 2013 7:38pm

It is great that there is a program like this. I can't imagine the troubles some of these women have gone through. It could be very tough to transition into another country, and it's amazing how these women use creative writing to share their stories. It's inspiring to know that they have an outlet to become more independent and grow through this program. I hope this program goes far, and brings success to many women.

Kreig Wed, 11 Dec 2013 9:30am

I think this is a great organization. A lot of times, people do not think of the hardships that come with leaving your home country to an unknown world. By this program, people now have a stage to tell their story and let everyone known about it. It is important that everyone can see everything that is going on, even the bad things. The United States is a land of opprotunity that supports these people in telling their story. This truly is a great program that will benefit a lot of people down the road.

Daniel Ballard Wed, 11 Dec 2013 1:20pm

I think an organization like this is a great opportunity for women to be in an environment that supports them and promotes growth within them self. Moving to a new country with no idea of where I would be living or working is huge risk and shows tremendous courage for these women and can become a huge program and effect and touch many people

Regina Powers Wed, 11 Dec 2013 5:48pm

This is a great opportunity for these women to share their stories with the community. It will also help them personally grow as individuals. I would love to hear their stories, and I think art in the form of literature and poetry would be a great outlet for them to express themselves. I could not imagine the issues they endured, but I think it is important to get these stories out there.

Jake Willis Thu, 12 Dec 2013 6:36am

This seems to be a great learning experience for those interested in the lifestyles prior to attaining the American Dream. Personally, I have no idea how I could even imagine moving to a foreign country. The women that go through this program are brave, courageous, and determine to better their lives in the United States. This program is a great way to discover talents that may have been hidden prior to this program. Although it is not experiencing the drastic change of lifestyles, at least we are allowed to experience it through their art.

Kaity Young Thu, 12 Dec 2013 2:10pm

I think that this program is really incredible. I couldn't even imagine what it's like moving to another country. The fact that this program is opening the door for other women to communicate with others and tell their story is really awesome. I'm sure that the support they have to offer each other greatly helps with their transitioning process. I find that this organization is very encouraging. I couldn't even imagine some of the hardships that these women have had to overcome. They are incredibly strong women for doing something as brave as moving for a better life. Just totally incredible program!

Kaity Young

Madison Arndell Thu, 12 Dec 2013 2:24pm

This is such a inspirational program! It is scary to visit a new place for vacation, much less to leave the country to live somewhere completely new. This oppertunity is such a blessing for them to have not just to express their experiences for themselves but to also tell their stories to the community. I hope they use their stories to provide strength and support for other women that are experiencing similar trials. Those women are so inspiring. 

Madison Thu, 12 Dec 2013 5:41pm

This program is an awesome opportunity for these women to empower future generations. Not only are they making a difference in their own lives by sharing their life experiences, but they are also helping their communities progress into a brighter future. It's awesome that these students have gotten the opportunity to work with these women as well. What an inspirational program!

kady schneider Thu, 12 Dec 2013 6:24pm

What a great opportunity! What an awesome way for women to be able to do such daring things on their own. They are truly inspirational women.

Tabitha Hayden Fri, 13 Dec 2013 2:26am

I believe this program is quite benificial for these women. Due to the hardships they have encountered, sharing their stories are a great way to cope with the past (and their new lifestyle change). I have nothing but respect for these women. Moving from their homeland to the United States is, I am sure, difficult enough-but dealing with violence, abuse, and parenting hardships is a whole nother story. Being able to converse with others about their lives will help themselves manage and also inspire others. This program is excellent!

Tabitha Hayden

Sami Brett Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:48pm

I think this a wonderful organization and is a great opportunity for these women. The organization provides a terrific environment for them and is also very supportive of them. I don't know if I would ever have the courage to move to a new country with no idea of where I would be living or working. It is a risk these women take to better their lives and shows a lot of courage and resosibility. This program seems to be helping many women. 

Sami Brett Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:48pm

I think this a wonderful organization and is a great opportunity for these women. The organization provides a terrific environment for them and is also very supportive of them. I don't know if I would ever have the courage to move to a new country with no idea of where I would be living or working. It is a risk these women take to better their lives and shows a lot of courage and resosibility. This program seems to be helping many women. 

Samantha Brett

Lucas Barker Fri, 13 Dec 2013 1:08pm

I think this is a terific organization. People don't understand the troubles you go through when you leave your home country to an unknown place. With this program people will have a place to let everyone know their story and what they have been through. People need to hear about these stories, so they know the good times and bad. The United States  supports these people by letting them tell their stories to people. This program is great, and it will help a lot of people down the road.


Dominique Caminos Fri, 13 Dec 2013 2:49pm

I am very proud to see an organization like this. Coming from a latin culture, I understand the crazy events and environments that are going on. A lot of women and even men suffer from being brought up into these condition. I think this program will allow people who suffer from the same pain or have the story to come together to help support each other and their country. However, I think this program will allow others that do not understand what is going on in these other countries, gain an understanding and compassion to what is going on.

Nick Nakhle Sat, 14 Dec 2013 4:27am

This organiztion is awesome! The way we live our lives we tend to take things for granted. With this program these women get to speak about what they have been through. These stories will better help people in their lives.

Nick Nakhle