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Xenia Diente

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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Medium
Public art management

Artist Bio
Xenia Diente is interested in strengthening opportunities for artists and designers to creatively serve NYC. As a Queens based public art professional, she has worked for 17 years with artists and multiple stakeholders improving civic facilities and infrastructure with public art. Xenia has served on selection panels for the NYC Percent for Art Program and Queens Council for the Arts, participated in the NYCxDesign Steering Committee, and co-chaired the Augustus Saint-Gaudens award for professional achievement in Art. She is a 2014 Coro Leadership NY alumna, a 2012 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow, and a 2011 social practice artist in residence led by Rick Lowe at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was part of the “S.T.E.P.” exhibition at Flux Factory and currently serves on the board of Filipino American National History Society–Metro NY chapter. Xenia earned a BFA from Cooper Union, formerly a tuition-free art school in NYC.

Project Description
Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Public Art Festival
Working with Filipino-American residents, local businesses, and organizations in the Little Manila area of Woodside, Queens, Xenia Diente and Jaclyn Reyes will create a series of community conversations culminating in a public art festival to celebrate and activate members of the Filipino diaspora. Of 86,000 Filipinos in NYC, over half live in Queens, with the largest concentration of Filipino-owned businesses on a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue known as Little Manila. To highlight the richness of this diaspora, they will conduct research, interviews, and community mapping to inform their partnerships and develop their approach to public art interventions. The project aims to explore the immigrant experience, putting Little Manila in dialogue with nearby immigrant communities from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

What Does Abundance Mean To You?
“In Philippine culture, there is bayanihan, which functions as a kind of abundance practice. The word comes from the root bayan, meaning nation, town, or community. Bayanihan refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. It signifies the multitudes of belonging—not merely place, but spirit—and the ways we inhabit and participate in it.”

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