CAETA – Connect and Empower through Art

In collaboration with Massachusetts’s communities

CAETA is a project that bears a simple wish: to gather people together, provide them with art supplies, and guide them through the art making process, all for free. The idea behind the project is to provide places and opportunities for people to do creative arts, which many may never have access to, and, in doing so, strengthening their positive feelings and enhancing their bond to the communities. CAETA collaborates with towns and cities across Massachusetts, bringing the creative arts to senior and youth centers.

Art making is a fun, and psychologically and physiologically rewarding process. Exposure to art from a young age helps boost kids’ confidence, fosters cultural awareness, and encourages creativity, which helps them grow into critical thinkers who can think outside of the box. In older adults, neurological research shows that making art can improve cognitive functions by causing the brain to continue to reshape, adapt, and restructure. Clinical research also validates the wide range of benefits art has for older adults and patients, including helping them relax, reducing depression and anxiety, improving cognition, assisting in socialization, etc.

I started CAETA in the spring of 2019. My goal is to bring art to every towns and cities in Massachusetts, particularly to youth and seniors in disadvantaged towns and cities. I would like to share with as many people as possible the joy in creating something with nothing more than their own two hands and imagination, most of all, the power of self-expression and creativity.

CAETA is 100% funded by my own previous art sale proceeds. It is my goal and hope that CAETA will inspire other like-minded artists to use art as a tool to empower those most in need.

Women Artists. Women in Folk Art & Textile. Muralism

Mexico Art Study

My interest in Mexican art stems from the Spanish course I took throughout middle school. As one of six cradles of civilization and home to advanced Meso-American civilizations as the Mayans and Aztecs, Mexican art dates back to cave painting in 5000 BC. During the 20th century, Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco achieved widespread and even international recognition. What is especially remarkable, however, is the few number of female artists who were able to penetrate the male-dominated art world.

I embarked on a research trip to Mexico to visit the homes of female artists such as Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington, study their works in galleries and museums, and uncover their legacy and mark on the 20th century Mexican art scene which remains largely overshadowed by their male counterparts to this day.

María Izquierdo: the First Female Mexican Artist to Exhibit in America

María Izquierdo was a female Mexican painter born in 1902. A student of Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, Izquierdo devoted her life to making and experimenting with art. Her subject matters varied, containing women, shrines, and animals.  Despite…

Blue House: A close look at Frida Kahlo's life and art

Outside Frida's home - the Blue House Coyoacán is a quiet neighborhood in Mexico City marked by colorful houses. On a corner of Londres Street, stands what looks like, from the outside, an unassuming house, remarkable at first glance…

Leonora Carrington: One of the Original Female Surrealists

British-born painter, writer and sculptor Leonora Carrington was considered one of the last of the original surrealists. She was a member of a rare trio of Mexico-based female surrealists along with Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo. She was…

Women's Role in Mexican Folk Art and Textiles

Why are there so few ‘great’ female artists? Today, I headed to Museo de Arte Popular, a Mexican folk art museum near Centro Histórico. The museum consists of three levels, showcasing pieces from pottery to sculptures to textiles.  I…

Guelaguetza: Arts Celebrate Traditions

During the later half of July in Oaxaca, colorful posters, live bands, and an overall air of festivity denotes the coming of Guelaguetza— an annual cultural event where different ethnic groups in Oaxaca perform in an outdoor auditorium…

Women Artists Make Marks at Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL)

Women artists were among the avant garde artists in that national reconstruction period. Those women artists include Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo, Lola Cueto, Tina Modotti, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Rosario Cabrera. Frida Kahlo Cucrucholin…

Mexican Muralism

Part 1 Liberation of humanity is liberated from misery, 1963, 4.49 x 9.93 m,Jorge Gonzalez Camarena New democracy 1944, 5.50 x 11.98 m, David Alfaro Siqueiros Victims of war (triptych New Democracy), 1945, 3.68 x 2.46m, David Alfaro…

Casa Lamm Exhibits

The Casa Lamm Cultural Center is one of the best known landmarks in Mexico city.  It hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year.

A Study on Female Mexican Artists

Girl with apple, 1920-1930, Rosario Cabrera Someone comes up to you and asks you to name famous artists on the fly.   Leonardo da Vinci Pablo Picasso Vincent van Gogh Andy Warhol   If we go on and add more names, then it might look…