Healing Violence Through Art

May 29, 2015

Healing Violence Through Art

On April 30th, the Long Beach contingent of the Building Healthy Communities Campaign sponsored a special three day showing of three day Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, a play about gang life, loyalty, and the legacy of violence.

Written by Oakland based Latino Men and Boys Program Director Paul S. Flores, follows Fausto Carbajal, an Salvadoran immigrant and former MS–13 gang member as he struggles to reunite his family while still haunted by the linkages of his past life. PLACAS is loosely based on the life of former gang member Alex Sanchez, founder of Homies Unidos, and on hundreds of interviews with former gang members.

Following each performance, the producers and participating sponsors hosted healing circles and workshops where young men and women in Long Beach had the chance to express themselves through arts and culture and use their stories to heal the violence in their own communities.

The Long Beach production of “PLACAS” was sponsored by Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, Children’s Defense Fund California, Movement Strategy Center, Palacio Magazine, and The California Endowment.

For more information, visit www.placas.org and www.colormelongbeach.com .