Oye Group: The Mercedes Healing Room
The Mercedes Healing Room is a multidisciplinary installation of photography, documentary, and art therapy workshops for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
The project is inspired by Mercedes, the grandmother of Modesto “Flako” Jimenez (Founder & Artistic Director of Oye Group), and her legacy of helping Latine individuals migrate to the United States. After immigrating to the U.S. as a child, Flako was raised by Mercedes in Brooklyn, NY, and as an adult, he served as her main caregiver while she battled dementia.
The Mercedes Healing Room invites those living with dementia and their caregivers to receive community resources and engage in creative self-expression.
Registration opens September 26, 2022.
Modesto Flako Jimenez is a Dominican-born, Bushwick-raised theater maker, producer, and educator. ATI Best Actor Award Winner for 2016. HOLA Outstanding Solo Performer for 2017. Flako is best known for original productions and three signature festivals produced with his company Oye Group. Flako has appeared in Early Shaker Spirituals (Wooster Group), Last Night At The Palladium (Bushwick Starr/3LD), Yoleros (Bushwick Starr/IATI theater), Conversations Pt.1: How To Make It Black In America (JACK), Take Me Home (3LD/Incubator Arts Project), Richard Maxwell’s Samara (Soho Rep.), Kaneza Schaal’s Jack & (BAM). Modesto received the 2016 Princess Grace Award Honorarium in Theater.
Oye Group is a 501(C)(3) organization that serves as an incubator for artists both local and immigrant to New York City. We present an eclectic mix of theater, dance, poetry, music, video installations and film, through festivals and productions. We curate work that sparks a dialogue over political and social issues critical to our community’s growth. We work with emerging artists to create, play, and grow in an environment that challenges and supports them. We also provide quality arts education programming that gives our Brooklyn Community the tools to generate forward-thinking art.