IMMIGRATION STORIES AS TOLD in ARTS, CULTURE & MEDIA
Theater and Dance:
I Am New York, Juan Rodriguez
This play tells the story of New York City’s first non-indigenous immigrant, arriving in lower Manhattan in 1613 on a Dutch ship on it’s way back to Holland from the island of Hispaniola. He came here to trade, not to kill, push others seaside or take away land. We learn that pilgrims were the first immigrants, but this is not so. www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/new-yorks-first-immigrant-meet-juan-rodriguez-n114771
Motus Theater: Do You Know Who I Am?
Monologues written by undocumented immigrants and performed by the writers, scripted by Kirsten Wilson.
Urban Bush Women
Founded in 1984, UBW seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. This is done from a woman-centered perspective from members of the African Diaspora.
El Centro Su Teatro
A cultural arts center that has been around for 21 years, with a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos.
One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border, Yadira De La Riva
Theater as vehicle for addressing U.S./Mexico border identity and issues such as immigration, labor, femicide, and the war on drugs.
Pangea World Theater
Using theater to create a shift in the collective imagination and begin unpacking explicit racism and unconscious bias.
Based on the conviction that aesthetic practice is social justice, artistic expression is civic engagement, and that access to a creative forum is an essential part of the wellness and health of every individual and community.
Art and Life on the Border
Artist Patricia Ruiz-Bayon met with migrants in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, near San Fernando where 72 migrants were massacred in 2010. The migrants she met with were on a treacherous journey north towards the US.
Chilean’s Murals of Immigrants and Women Bring Art to Bronx Streets
Artist Virginia Ayres raises awareness for social issues, in this case immigration, and shows that it can be a community effort.
Creative Resistance Poster Galleries
These posters, and other art was inspired by Alto Arizona, in response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070.
Ernesto Yerena Blog
Ernesto started creating prints due to the energy of the journey of decolonization that millions of people across the world of all colors have recently embarked on.
Ken Light Photography
Photographs depicting different stories within a larger immigration story.
LatinAsian: A Chinese and Puerto Rican Woman
Local Ft. Collins woman tells her story of growing up Chinese and Puerto Rican.
Stories of Undocumented Youth
Marianna Corona tells a story of growing up an immigrant in a trailer park, experiencing racism, her parents story and the steps she’s taken to go to college, get married, and own a home.
The Color of Justice
A digital story by Tania Valenzuela about deportation.
A digital story by Brad Johnson, stories from a second-generation immigrant from Germany, and the story of his grandfather.
Sotero “Alex” Cuellar Martinez: A story of a child coming into the country illegally as a child, what it was like leaving home and growing up here.
Digital story by Rosalyn Hirsch, the story of an Italian immigrant,
Stop the Circus, Stop Arpaio
Hip hop artists from across the country were called on to come together and stand against the injustice facing the immigrant community in Arizona and the broader U.S.
Crunching the Numbers
Spoken word by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai:
Denver based poet
Promoting unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions and become leaders in their communities.
Art2Action Cultural Organizing
Cultural organizing exists at the intersection of arts, culture and activism, organizing from particular traditions, cultural identities and communities of place or worldview to advance social and economic justice (working definition from the Arts and Democracy Project).
Examining Migration Issues Through the Arts, Multimedia and Public Discourse
In 2011, Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, mounted a 3-month long series of public programs that drew up arts and multimedia’s, paired with discussion, to examine migration issues from a variety of voices and viewpoints.
Global Public Art Project Puts Faces to Immigration
Forty black and white poster-sized photographs of people’s faces, with expressions from serious to silly, skin tones from light to dark, put up on the streets to put faces to immigration. San Francisco.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Bringing Latino Leadership, Cultural Equity and Creative Innovation, NALAC has conducted six national conversations to examine innovations, promote national dialogue and gather information on how demographic shifts and economic conditions are affecting the leadership structures, artistic production, organizational capacity and cultural equity in Latino communities.
Groundswell, art*community*change: A group of NYC artists founded Groundswell in 1996 with the belief that collaborative art-making combines the sanctity of personal expression with the strength of community activism, producing powerful outcomes.
NYC’s Immigrant Heritage Week
A celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants that have shaped the city for generations.
Intercultural Communities Uniting
Leaders of this org engaged in a two-year project offering friendship and collaboration to new immigrants to six communities in Southwest MN. They developed deep friendship and leaned valuable lessons about how different communities can work together to enhance the well being of all their citizens.
Inside Out Project
A global participatory art project initiated to pay tribute to the power and dignity of individuals by displaying their portraits in public spaces around the world. People share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
A list of moms who are blogging about immigration issues.
The Refugee Art Project
Created by a small collective of academics and artists of who are united by a shared concern for the plight of refugees to Australia.
Education and Other Resources:
Fostering dialogue about human rights and immigration issues in Twin Cities schools and communities through the artwork and stories of immigrant artists.
Participatory Art Project: Young refugees’ fears and hopes
Twenty young people aged 5016 from African and white British backgrounds living in the Newcastle worked together over a year using discussion groups to raise issues and explore it further through art projects.
The Welcome Project
Building collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions.
ICED (I Can End Deportation)
Downloadable game designed to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies and teach players abut current immigration laws on detention and deportation that affect legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, students and undocumented people by violating rights.
Padres Unidos: Families United