Artistic Rising: Climate in Crisis
Type of work
Visual Art

During their residency, MILAGROS focused on the development of their “Crud Buddies” project. Crud Buddies are cute, adoptable pets made from ocean-bound foam fished out of the Mississippi River and given new life through artistic intervention. Their residency helped facilitate a new partnership between MILAGROS and Healthy Gulf, directing funds from Crud Buddy adoptions to the environmental nonprofit’s efforts, and helping raise awareness about plastic waste.

MILAGROS, consisting of Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, is a mural and installation collective based in New Orleans, LA. Asteinza and Fillastre met studying Fine Art at Florida State University in 2006. Their public art works pepper the southeastern United States. Community and collaboration is the heart of the MILAGROS ethos. Inspired by their Latinx upbringing, MILAGROS aspires to create enjoyable spaces for intergenerational gathering, where individuals can feel connected through the joint construction of a positive experience. This celebratory spirit shines brightly in defiance of current political dramas.

Read a article about MILAGROS and their Crud Buddies here.