Semilla Arts is a grassroots initiative that uses art as a catalyst for social change and artistic collaboration as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening communities. Collaborative art is a process more accessible to a larger audience. It has a set goal that addresses the needs and conditions of its participants. It embodies multiple visions working towards a common goal. Collaboration within a community setting inevitably acts as a “Semilla” for changing social circumstances. It creates a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem, creativity, dignity and respect. It empowers the community with a voice, preserves culture, establishes strong communities that reflect positive attitudes, builds skills and awakens talent found in its members. Semilla’s goal is to unite the community by actively involving them in the process of physically transforming their own neighborhood and by exposing them to solutions and possibilities. The vitality of any community can be found in the strength and stability of its members and in their ability to overcome the complexity of today.

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In 2007 Casañas founded Semilla (Seed) Arts Initiative, a grassroots initiative that uses art as a catalyst for social change and artistic collaborations as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening communities through art. Collaborative art addresses the needs and conditions of the participants and embodies multiple visions working towards a common goal. Collaboration within a community setting inevitably acts as a “Semilla” for changing social circumstances, it creates a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem, creativity, dignity and respect. It empowers the community with a voice, preserves culture, establishes strong communities that reflect positive attitudes, builds skills and awakens talent found in its members. Semilla’s goal is to unite the community by actively involving them in the process of physically transforming their own neighborhood and by exposing them to solutions and possibilities. The vitality of any community can be found in the strength and stability of its members and in their ability to overcome the complexity of today.

 

The Community's Public Art Crew was started in 2012. Casanas found a need in the community to offer quality programs that focussed on building skills in public art. A special interest in working with positive individuals living in poor urban communities. The program strives to cultivate future community leaders, community activist and public artists.

The participants work in Casanas' studio on any and all public projects she is involved in. They learn how execute each project from from design to completion. The women through a hands on approach learn how to manage and work with diverse groups from all over the world.  The crew  is comprised of women between the ages of 17 and 70. These men and women are community members, up and coming local artists, individuals who have or have not been exposed to public art. The participants have a strong love of learning and working communally on public art that has the potential to cause social change. 



The studio is opened 40-60 hours a week. The women work at different times during the week. If you are interested in an internship please contact Betsy. Volunteers welcome. 

Dignity Transforms Semilla Arts Taller Puertorriqueno Philadelphia

Dignity Transforms Semilla Arts Taller Puertorriqueno Philadelphia

El Agustino Peru The American Embassy 

El Agustino Peru The American Embassy 

El Agustino Peru The American Embassy 

Dignity Transforms Semilla Arts Taller Puertorriqueno Philadelphia

San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas Mexico

Andahuaylilla Cusco The American Embassy 

Police Athletic League The Philadelphia Museum of Art 

United Arab Emirates American School United Arab Emirates Dubai 

Piura Peru The American Embassy 

Azua Dominican Republic 

Eagleston Massachusettes 
Asuncion Paraguay
Barranco Peru

Black Barby Music Festival Black Barby Music Festival

Black Barby Music Festival Black Barby Music Festival

Black Barby Music Festival Black Barby Music Festival