BORDERSENSES

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Glasbox Studios 1500 Texas St. #up El Paso TX 79901 USA

Mission: BorderSenses is a non-profit literary organization (established in fall 2000), dedicated to offering a venue for the borderland’s diverse emerging and established visual artists and writers, as well as to promoting cross-border exchange in the arts and literature. We strive to provide high quality writing and artistic experiences to our region’s culturally rich and diverse communities through bilingual publications, community arts events and special projects for underserved communities.
Results: BorderSenses has promoted the work of more than 400 authors, visual artists and musicians through its publications and events. BorderSenses has published nineteen volumes of the literary and arts journal of the same names, which features the work of artists and authors from all over the world in English, Spanish and translation. BorderSenses has published eight volumes of Memorias del silencio: Footprints of the Borderland, a collection of writings by migrant farm workers in the El Paso area. Through our community project, ForWord, the organization has offered free creative writing workshops for teens in various community centers and after-school programs.
Target demographics: offer new artistic and academic opportunities to artists and underserved communities
Geographic areas served: El Paso Texas area
Programs: the publication of a literary and arts journal that provides a venue for artists and authors from the border and beyond to share their work; BorderSenses hosts The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series; offers creative writing workshops for teens in the ForWord Project, creative writing workshops for migrant farm workers and publication of their stories in the book series Memorias del silencio: Footprints of the Borderland.

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Rating: 5 stars  

BorderSenses does an excellent job empowering local writers by promoting their work and encouraging aspiring writers to hone their craft through the various projects and events they operate, which provide an unparalleled level of community outreach.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bordersenses does a great job with the literary community in El Paso. I have a special interest in their Forword Project, I believe their work with teens has a very positive impact in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more events.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Border Senses make sense for El Paso community. It develops programs that encourage writers of all ages to pursuit their dreams and consolidate careers. Besides it represents a door to academics or humanistic investigators to expose their works. I firmly invite all the people to look around in their web page (www.bordersenses.com) and join them in one of the several activities they perform.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

BorderSenses provides a voice for an underserviced community through literary projects. It show cases both local and national authors through BorderSenses, Forword, and Memorias.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for BorderSenses has been a great experience. I have learned so much and have been able to give back to the community thanks to the many contributions that BorderSenses does on a regular basis. The staff at BorderSenses are passionate about the mission and dedicated to promoting visual artists in underserved communities. I am very grateful for organizations that are empowering and contribute in a positive way to all people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

BorderSenses does an amazing job of contributing and keeping the momentum of the literary scene in El Paso. It gives poets, authors, and artists a stage on which to have their voices heard. In an ever evolving city, BorderSenses has been a staple for 10 years, which speaks to not only it's relevance, but it's vital importance to the city's literary landscape.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love what they stand for . Bringing the community together with local talent ! 5 stars !

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

BorderSenses does an outstanding job at making volunteers feel like they are part of a family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bordersenses does an amazing job in providing a vocal and creative outlet to people who live in the shadows of society due to social and economic status. Because of their publications, the struggles and triumphs of so many are documented and now a major part of history. This is a real benefit to future generations. As a volunteer playwright and director, I led a group of actors in dramatizing some of the published stories. The material was already compelling, which challenged me as an artist to create a live representation worthy of the actual people whose experiences we were "playing" with. The Bordersenses publications moved me emotionally, intellectually, and in a proactive way. I feel very fortunate to be a part of their journey. Bordersenses inspires me to be a positive world citizen and to make a creative, meaningful impact.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...increase their distribution so that they have a far-reaching effect and their budget by the millions!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

BorderSenses is a rich source of cultural and artistic exchange in the Borderlands, especially in El Paso/Juarez. It is a true community organization rooted in volunteers with vision. The organization, along with its journal, out-reach programs, and events, is celebration of voices. Viva BorderSenses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More and more of the same. Continued programming for young people, and possibly, an ancestral project.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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