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Artistic community honors the lives of Breonna
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
An evening of artistic
expression in honor
of Breonna Taylor
and Vanessa Guillén
took place in front of
the Queens Museum on
Th ursday, July 9.
Th e intimate event, organized
by Queens-based arts
collective Kaleidospace in collaboration
with Queens Liberation
Project (formerly known as Justice for
George Queens), welcomed almost 100
artists and families with food, arts and
craft s, dancing, music and spoken word.
Kaleidospace’s founder Manuela Agudelo
said that while the event was meant to
off er space for healing aft er weeks of
marching against police brutality and systemic
racism, they can’t forget the reason
they were there in the fi rst place was
because of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We will breathe. We will dance. We
will continue to make art,” Agudelo said.
“Black and Brown people aren’t gonna
stop existing and we’re not gonna stop
being joyful in the face of injustice and in
the face of the people who keep trying to
harm us. We’re gonna love each other so
much stronger every single time that they
try to come at us with more hate.”
During the event, Agudelo and fellow
QLP members reminded
attendees about Taylor and
Guillén. Taylor, a 26-year-old
Louisville nurse, was shot eight
times by police who executed a
no-knock warrant for what they
said was a drug sting. No drugs
were found, and so far only one
of four offi cers involved has
been fi red, according to NBC
News. Guillén, a 20-year-old U.S. Army
specialist based in Fort Hood, Texas, went
missing in April.
Aft er demands to fi nd her turned into a
national outcry, the Army began an investigation
in which they found her remains.
Th e investigation revealed that another
soldier killed her and later committed suicide,
according to CBS News.
Her case ignited military members to