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Around the Neighborhood: Hopeful Messages

Around the Neighborhood: Hopeful Messages

By BEN HEATH

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

By Tesha M. Christensen Diane Seven-year-old Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz can make friends with anyone.  She’s in second grade at Risen in Christ Catholic Church (1120 E. 37th St.), and takes the bus over to Banyan Community after school. At Banyan, she works on homework, plays in the gym, and “chills out.” Diane is one of 16 South Minneapolis students whose portraits are part of the WE ARE 2065 project by local painter Joanna Hallstrom. Diane is one of three participants from Banyan. “I love Banyan,” she stated. Diane will be 53 in 2065. What will she be like then? “Nice, kind and I think my likes will be the same,” said Diane. As part of the project, students were interviewed and asked to share their experiences of school, family and growing up for a soundscape the accompanies the gallery.  How does her day start? “I wake up, brush my teeth, change and have breakfast,” she said. “Then I come downstairs, put on my shoes, get my backpack, and wait a few minutes. My dad and mom take me to school.” The talkative seven-year-old loves to draw and can’t imagine a day without drawing. “I like to play with my stuffed animals. I like to read,” she said. She enjoys snapping photos with her camera, roller skating, swimming and going to the park.  When she grows up, she wants to be a chef like her dad, Patricio Amgamarca,  who works at the Loon Cafe in downtown Minneapolis. When the 2065 show is up at Banyan, Diane plans to invite her large extended family to view it. Diane is the child of two immigrants from Ecuador. Her father has been in the United States for 19 years, and became a citizen four months ago. He came here hoping for a better life at age 18 when his school closed because the government wasn’t funding them. Patricio started washing dishes and cleaning at a restaurant, working 16-hour days at two jobs. He moved up to prep work, and [...]

W H A T Y O U S E E

W H A T   Y O U   S E E

Karissa Kleven, 8, took this photo after the freshly fallen snow on Feb. 20, 2019 “because I think these trees are beautiful with the snow on them.”   To be part of our new WHAT YOU SEE feature, post a photo to your Instagram account and tag #alleynews, or email it to copydesk@alleynews.org.  All ages encouraged to  participate. 

What You See February 2019

What You See February 2019

JOSELYN PETTIT, age 9Our first submission comes from 9-year-old Joselyn Pettit who loves the colored glass and “giant brick of cheese” toy at the Phillips Community Pool.To be part of our new WHAT YOU SEE feature, post a photo to your Instagram account and tag #alleynews, or email it to copydesk@alleynews.org. All ages encouraged to participate.