G.E.S. Coalition Block Party and Art Show 2022

Photos and text by Eric Heinz

Hundreds of people who flocked to the G.E.S. Coalition’s block party and art show seemed unaffected by the nearly triple-digit heat on July 30 at the Valdez-Perry Library in Elyria and Swansea. People were able to paint miniature versions of the buildings in the G.E.S. neighborhoods and learn about the coalition’s land trust, Tierra Collectiva, and future endeavors.

Library staff read books to children and there were plenty of games and food. Grupo Tlalco, a traditional Aztec dance company, also gave a performance during the block party.


As part of the block party, the winners of an art contest were announced, which included various media, including sketches, paintings, mixed-media and photography.

Anthony Maes won best in show for his photograph of a family surrounding a four-wheeler. Comments from the judges were, “A heart-warming photo,” “This is what my neighborhood looks like,” and “So good.”

Angela R. Stuck took judge’s favorite second place for her piece “Strong Black Woman,” and third place went to Mike Neuschwanger for his woodwork piece titled “Globeville Summers.”

In the teen division, Kaylee Morton took first place for “Silence,” and Jayden Coy took second for “MoonKnight.” Melissa Pedroza took best in show for the young adult division with “Lovely Sage,” while Dirza Pedroza took second for “Hope for Clearer Skies,” and Agneda Blancas took third for her piece “Story.”

Finally, in the youth division, Giovanni Rodriguez took first place for “Our Hood,” and Madelyn Galindo took second for “Loving Lincoln Street,” and Eduardo Pedroza took third for “My Neighborhood.”

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