Borderless Project

The Borderless Project will examine the differences in cultural climate experienced by Mexican and Mexican American teenagers participating in arts and athletics.

In Mexico, a male dominated and conservative culture, women are often discouraged from participating in sports or other extracurricular activities. Young men are urged to earn money to support the family income while young women are expected to help out at home. In the smaller and more isolated communities of Mexico, this tendency is even more pronounced.

In the United States, while this tendency is lessened, it still exists within many Hispanic households. As a result, although more athletic and artistic opportunities exist at US schools, Latina women are still less likely to take advantage of them. In contrast, young women of different ethnic groups are pushed towards a variety of other, multidisciplinary pursuits which in turn equips them with greater potential for scholarships and career opportunities.

This project will begin by comparing the experiences of young women in the United States with those from Mexico. Two Borderless Art Scholarships are awarded to female students enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school. Each student will be given a stipend to create an art project that best exemplifies the essence of being a female athlete in their community. In the spring, both students will present their work and their findings at the Borderless Art Exhibit.

Upon completion of their project, each woman will also be awarded a scholarship to be applied towards their college tuition.

The spring show will be open to the public and the community will be able to view both projects, speak with their creators, and discover the similarities and differences that exist between the US and Mexico.

Shannon at the 2012 Olympics