Tribute to the Disappeared is an art project in honor of the disappeared in Mexico -from the 43 students in Ayotzinapa to the women of Juarez- and other victims of violence and injustice the world over.

Just as the AIDS Memorial Quilt brought attention to the AIDS epidemic, this project aims to bring public attention to another epidemic; that of the countless innocent lives lost due to injustice, war, poverty and displacement.

Tribute to the Disappeared has three components, a permanent online exhibition, a series of gallery exhibitions and a series of public workshops.

Over 300 international artists as well as many organizations and collectives are participating so far.

Tribute to the Disappeared is curated and managed independently by Andrea Arroyo.

Everyone is invited to participate! Check the guidelines

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Tribute to the Disappeared was founded in November 2014, after the disappearance of forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers College, in Mexican state of Guerrero, on September 26, 2014.


2014 – Ongoing – Online exhibition.

2015 “Tribute to the Disappeared” The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, NYC.

2015 “Tribute to the Disappeared” as part of “Works in Dialogue”, Kimmel Gallery, New York University.

2015 “Tribute to the Disappeared” participated in the Caravana43, in New York City (included meeting with the families of the disappeared students, and artwork exhibition at public events.)

2015 “Tribute to the Disappeared” participated in “Jornada43x43” (43 cultural events for Ayotzinapa”) in Mexico City.

2015 “Tribute to the Disappeared” participated in the exhibition “Creative Hands in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa” Escuela de Artesanías Xocongo, Mexico City.

2014 “Tribute to the Disappeared” exhibition at La Casa Azul Bookstore and Gallery.

Traveling Exhibition

“Tribute to the Disappeared” will potentially travel to national and international venues, there is interest from a variety of educational and cultural institutions.

Public Workshops Tribute To The Disappeared

The New School for Social Research, presented in collaboration with the DREAM Team, The New School the Ayotzinapa Student Front (2/15)

Columbia University, presented in collaboration with the DREAM Team, The New School and the Ayotzinapa Student Front (4/15)

Mano a Mano, Mexican Culture Without Borders (6/15)

Fort Tryon Park, presented in collaboration with The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (6/15)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (9/15)

La Casa Azul Bookstore and Gallery, NYC (1/15)


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Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning visual artist based in New York City. She works in a range of media including painting, drawing, illustration, site-specific installation and public art. Her artwork is widely exhibited, collected, and published. Honors include New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Global Citizen Award Artist, Clinton Global Initiative, 21 Leader for the 21st Century and Outstanding Woman of New York. She has received grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Puffin Foundation, the Harlem Arts Alliance and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her artwork has been published extensively including in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and has been the subject of over one hundred and fifty features in the international media. Arroyo’s curatorial projects include many exhibitions incuding: “I Have a Dream-50 Years of Change”, “September 11-Past, Present, Future,” “Art Without Borders”and “AriZONA, Artists Respond to the Immigration Issue.”



Sasha Hill, intern/collaborator, is a Sociology Major at Barnard College in New York , Sasha seeks ways to achieve political change using visual art as a medium. She is very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate on the Tribute to the Disappeared project.



  • The families of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, for their infinite strength and courage in the face of unimaginable pain.
  • The Arroyo family, especially lifelong activists Alfonso Arroyo and Leticia Estrada, for their unrelenting support of the families of the Ayotzinapa Students.
  • All participating artists
  • Denise Deleray
  • Ileana Doble Hernández, Photographer and Visual Artist and
  • Felipe Galindo/Feggo (Partner, supporter, rock.)