King Artist Residency: Rituals of Resilience
Meet Rayos Magos, a San Jose-native Latinx mixed media artist, approved by the Public Art Commission as the first Artist-in-Residence with the City of Palo Alto Public Art Program.
For his residency project, titled Rituals of Resilience and rooted in empathic collaborations and civic engagements, Rayos Magos utilizes the power of storytelling and imagery in community conversations about culture, identity, belonging, and resilience in Palo Alto, with the special focus on amplifying voices of Latinx and BIPOC community members and mental health service providers. The project looks towards storytelling through imagery, reflections, and rituals, and engages the lager Palo Alto community in a series of conversations and art making workshops that will offer community members to reflect and share their stories about belonging, human connection, and the impact of social distancing on their mental health during the pandemic. His documentation of personal stories and learned experiences will result in a final temporary artwork displayed on King Plaza for a period of six months to one year.
Become Part of the Rituals of Resilience Project
Any community members of the public with a connection to Palo Alto are invited to participate in the Rituals of Resilience project. Connect with Rayos Magos on Facebook or Instagram, or give him a call and leave a message at (650) 308-4533.
Artist Rayos Magos created a free downloadable Rituals of Resilience Artbook(PDF, 4MB). Use this artbook to color, draw, or express your thoughts about your rituals of resilience. You can keep your work private or share your creative self-reflections with the Rituals of Resilience community with the tag #ritualsofresilience.
Upcoming Community Engagement Events
Free Printmaking Workshops
What: Join this free workshop for adults 18+ to learn basic printmaking methods including drawing, design, transfer, and carving linoblock. We will make prints focused on rituals and self-care.
Why: Printmaking allows us to explore experiential learning, analog forms of art making, and storytelling through imagery.
When: Tuesday May 3 and May 17 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday May 5 and May 19 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Studio F-4, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Workshop is free, but spaces are limited. Book your spot via Eventbrite today! Contact the artist with any questions: (650) 303-4633.
* Bring a sketch or idea that you want to design and make into a print.
** PARK in lot closer to CHARLESTON RD. on MIDDLE FIELD RD which is where you will find STUDIO F4
The project graphic created by Rayos Magos acknowledges the multiple hands and cultures that have contributed and built the city of Palo Alto. Each hand points to the four directions which in Native American traditions pays homage to all walks of life.
About King Artist Residency
In 2021 the Palo Alto Public Art Program is launching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King Artist Residency. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, for whom King Plaza is named, the Council asked the Public Art Commission to consider commissioning a permanent work signaling the City’s commitment to race, equity, and belonging. The Public Art Commission is committed to a permanent platform for ongoing conversations about equity, inclusion, and belonging in Palo Alto through the arts. As a result, the King Artist Residency Program was established. The Public Art Commission approved Rayos Magos as the first artist for the King Artist Residency starting in January 2022, based on recommendations by a selection panel.