Despues De La Frontera / After The Border
Presented by Creative Alliance, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Towson University and Mayor’s Office of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs
Work above in progress by Michelle Ortiz
ARTISTS | ARTISTAS
Dr. Emma Cervone Latin American studies scholar, Towson University
Eric J Garcia Political Cartoonist
Tanya Garcia Multimedia Artist and Curator
Silvia Mata-Marin Social Graphic Designer, Fulbright & Robert W. Deutsch Fellow
Valeria Molinari Illustrator
Michelle Ortiz Philadelphia based Artist and Muralist
Edgar Reyes Graphic Designer, Community Artist
Levi Vonk Fulbright Fellow, Anthropologist Based in Mexico
RECEPTION | RECEPCIÓN
Saturday, August 22 | 6-8pm | FREE
Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz AllStars | 8pm | $15, $12 mbrs.
Después de la Frontera / After the Border honors the stories of recent unaccompanied immigrant youth, families, and young adults who fled their homes in Central America. While providing cultural and historical context of the countries involved, the exhibition explores the complexities involved in crossing the border, challenges of integrating into a new environment, and what youth and families envision their futures to be.
In addition to gang recruitment, extortion, drug cartels, abuse, and persecution in their homeland, youth and families fleeing this violence face continued threats on their journey to a fate unknown. The dangerous passage through Mexico and across the border to the U.S. increases the likelihood that the youth may become the target of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, and death. Since January 2014, more than 875 Latino immigrant students have entered Baltimore City Public Schools.
This exhibition is a testimony to the inner strength, resilience, and resourcefulness of these youth and families. Después de la Frontera / After the Border sheds light on their uncertainties and hopes that accompany their dreams of beginning a new life in the United States.
Después de la Frontera / After the Border is Tanya Garcia’s curatorial project, which is the culmination of her year-long Creative Alliance fellowship supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Garcia is a Puerto Rican community artist, organizer, and storyteller. Her approach to storytelling is multifaceted and includes oral histories, video, and installation.
This exhibit is made possible through the support and collaboration with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Esperanza Center, Towson University, Mayor’s Office of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs, CASA de Maryland, and The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. The role of these partners is to deepen the public’s understanding of the immigration narrative in Baltimore. Exhibition will travel to Towson University October 12- November 13 and then to Baltimore City Hall, dates to be determined.
This project was also made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.
EVENTS | EVENTOS
FRI AUG 28 | CONCERT| Noches Acústicas | 9:30-11:30pm | FREE
THU SEP 3 | FILM | Sin Nombre | 7:30pm | $10, $7 mbrs. Door $12, $9 mbrs.
SAT SEP 19 | ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP | Neighborhood Voices | 10:30am-3pm | FREE
THU SEP 24 | FILM | Pelo Malo | 7:30pm | $10, $7 mbrs. Door $12, $9 mbrs.
FRI SEP 25 | CONCERT| Noches Acústicas | 9:30-11:30pm | FREE
To schedule an exhibition tour, contact curator, Tanya Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-276-1651.
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