DELIVERING THE STORIES
OF THE BARRIO
“A Mexican tradition in Boyle Heights.“
“The fight for dignity and respect is now. Clean Boyle Heights.“
“Boyle Heights for me is resilience, cultura, familia, comunidad, activism, passion, and hope. It is my home.“
“It is our barrio.“
“There is nothing quite like it. The sights, smells, sounds, taste, people, energy - Boyle Heights is one of the last truly authentic neighborhoods in LA and I'm proud to be representative of our beautiful culture.“
“When I was undocumented I didn't feel like I belonged... Boyle Heights became home; the place where I don't need a stinking badge or green card to know I belong.“
“I’m part of Boyle Heights because I’m here, trying to give back because its my neighborhood and it pushes me to be better.“
“Boyle Heights is always active, nobody wastes time. We all have a dream to go for.“
“The Paramount Ballroom in Boyle Heights has been the heart and soul of multiracial unity, activism and music for nearly 100 years. A shining model for the country.“
“Boyle Heights is not a simple place. It is bold, beautiful and brave.“
“The names may change but the people are the same. We are Boyle Heights.“
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Levi
Ponce

Born to a sign maker and seamstress, Levi has been studying art and form since childhood. After earning a B.A. in 3D Animation Levi began painting and organizing the creation of murals in Los Angeles. These murals go beyond paint - they are community projects that bring together a wide range of artists, business owners, and youth.

Marlene
Solorio

Marlene Solorio is a Mexican-American social activist, illustrator, and graphic designer whose work focuses on amplifying the voices of Latin American indigenous communities. Her best-known work is an illustration of indigenous Ecuadorian activist Nemonte Nenquimo, in honor of Nenquimo's inclusion in the Time 100.

Marlene
Solorio

Marlene Solorio is a Mexican-American social activist, illustrator, and graphic designer whose work focuses on amplifying the voices of Latin American indigenous communities. Her best-known work is an illustration of indigenous Ecuadorian activist Nemonte Nenquimo, in honor of Nenquimo's inclusion in the Time 100.

Hector
Arias

Hector Arias graduated as a dreamer in 2011 from California State University, Los Angeles. His butterfly motif is a symbol of inmigration and stages of life. His work has been featured on the wall of the Mexican Consulate building in Los Angeles as well as the library in South East Los Angeles.

Kalli
Arte

Self taught artists, Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, are Kalli Arte Collective from Boyle Heights. "Kalli is our home.The foundation of our culture. It allows for our survival and protection. We must understand that the status of our bodies, homes, and community reflects the status of our spirits."