Almost 40% of Angelinos are immigrants – and we’re betting they’ve got some great stories to tell. So we’re giving our August Awesome grant to help build La Burbuja – “the bubble” – a portable sound booth to record the stories of Latin American immigrants in Los Angeles as part of Sonic Trace, a KCRW radio project from indie producers Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Eric Pearse Chavez. According to them:
It begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Part radio, part video, part mapping project, Sonic Trace asks ¿Por qué te vas? ¿Por qué te quedas? ¿Por qué regresas? Why do you go? Why do you stay? And, what makes you return?… By recording and broadcasting their stories, Sonic Trace hopes to broaden and amplify the voices involved in the immigration debate and expand knowledge and understanding about immigration in our community.
Plus, La Burbuja will look like exactly that – a bubble!
Our 1K is just the start – Anayansi and her team need 5K more to build this big round shiny orb of storytelling goodness. Give a few bucks over at their Kickstarter project to help them reach their goal. And come celebrate the launch of this really cool project on Thursday in LA. Three buck Tecates = awesome.