Street Art Comes to San Miguel Academy
Some call it graffiti, but Francisco Fernandez calls it street art. Francisco has also acquired a street name to accompany his talent, he prefers to be called Dasic. Dasic was born in Rancaqua, Chile in 1987. He told the boys at San Miguel that by 13 he realized his calling was to become an international artist of the street. He began his career in his home town and quickly achieved recognition for his unique style. Since then he has painted street murals in Toronto, New York, Detroit, San Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Montevideo, and Santiago.
With such an impressive list of cities, one has to ask “Why Newburgh?” That’s because his long time girlfriend, Anusha Mehar, lives locally, and when he came to visit her, he realized the great potential of Newburgh. Beginning last summer, Dasic began leaving an impressive legacy in our city. He painted a sixty foot mural on the former Hotel Newburgh, and he created a stunning scene on the overpass of South Street. After that his next stop was San Miguel Academy. Through a generous grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Trust, Dasic was commissioned to work with four of San Miguel’s top artists. The result was a six foot by four foot creation on canvas, of a multi-cultural boy. Dasic kept speaking about the harmony of the many parts of the face, and so we decided to name the child Harmony.
So much of what we do at SMAN has to do with creating a culture of tranquility and serenity, both within each child, and within the school. It works. By the time our boys leave us they are brothers, regardless of skin color or ethnicity.
Newburgh recently ranked 9th on a list of the most unsafe American cities. So often the violence in Newburgh is black versus latino, as they struggle for turf in the ever present drug wars. Harmony will grace our school and remind us each day to strive for the peace that God has intended for all of us.