26 September 2010
Pretty trash cans, the kids in (Latin) America, Tijuana Somos Todos at El Trompo
TJ highschoolers flooded El Trompo by the busload Friday for the inaugural Tijuana Somos Todos (We're All Tijuana) youth summit at the city's interactive science and technology museum.
The conference hosted keynote speakers, discussion panels, workshops, opinion platforms, cultural and social events and live performances that were intended to activate young adults for positive change. Topics included ecology, sexual health, personal finance and anti-vandalism.
All panels and workshops were held in Spanish and English, in an effort to bridge the youth populations of San Diego and Tijuana and encourage cross-border dialogue between the two cities.
The event brought U.S. non-profit Global Inheritance across the border for the first time, with an electricity-generating seesaw and some 15 45-gallon trash cans in tow.
The containers -- featuring original border-related work by Tijuana and San Diego artists, a collaboration collectively dubbed "TRASHed Tijuana" -- were on display on the museum's esplanade and used for beach cleanup at various sites in northern Baja California and Imperial Beach as part of Salvemos La Playa (Let's Save the Beach) the following day.
Best known for its presence at Coachella, Lollapalooza and X Games, Global Inheritance plans to showcase the containers at future events around Southern California.
Turista Libre was honored to take part alongside Reacciona Tijuana, Grupo Ecologista de Tijuana, Tijuana Tranciende, JUS Tijuana and Distrito-10 in the "si se puede" fest.