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Indigenous People’s Day 2018: Interview with Conchita Pozar
Indigenous People's Day 2018: Interview with Conchita Pozar

To celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, KDI’s very own Nereida Montes caught up with fellow North Shore resident Conchita Pozar, an indigenous activist and artisan originally from Michoacán, Mexico. One of a growing number of Purépecha immigrants in California and heiress to the Purépecha embroidery technique passed down the generations of her family, Conchita uses her […]


Kenya Bamboo Centre representative Mr Pollicurp and Chiara Camozzi from COOPI have been supporting KDI in finding a solution for bamboo treatment, after the termites invaded and attacked some of the bamboos at KDI’s KPSP 03. This brought up an idea of working out a long lasting solution, and also for the future sites. This […]

Garden Milagros in St. Anthony
Garden Milagros in St. Anthony

This year we were lucky to work a second time with artist Helen Lessick, this time at our project in St. Anthony. In the Spring Helen led an art workshop with the youth of the park asking them to draw their aspirations for the public space using the traditions of Milagros as a starting point. […]

KPSP03: Helen’s Story Part 2
KPSP03: Helen's Story Part 2

Second Visit: March/April 2012 Using scientific research and local observation, I developed designs for a series of community art plaques that could add color and information to the Kibera landscape. The images took the complex relationship of soil, and parsed it roughly into soil and food production, soil and community health, and soil and ecology. […]

KPSP03: Helen’s Story Part 1
KPSP03: Helen's Story Part 1

Inspiration Abroad: Embedded Practice in Kenya by Helen Lessick Introduction As an artist, I am interested in creative practices outside my studio. I have initiated and created permanent artworks in an arboretum, wastewater treatment plant, County executive offices and rural grange. My projects have investigated trees, earthworms, food, water and especially soils. Of course this […]

KPSP03: Public Art
KPSP03: Public Art

For the first time, KDI has been working with an artist to create a permanent art installation for a Productive Public Space. Los Angeles artist, Helen Lessick has been working since October 2011 with KDI staff in Kenya and community members from KPSP 03 to manage and create a number of pieces that will be […]



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