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"Migration: Immigration, Giving Honor to Latina(o) Cultures and Communities"
Purpose A colleague, Kathryn Coe, from U of A shares, "...DNA studies verify that everyone living today shares a common distant ancestor. All of us have ancestors who were migrants. The journeys of our ancestors can often be read in our DNA profile. Over time, the paths of migration moving away, and then folding back, have led to a significant mixing not only of DNA, but also of cultures..."
This statement frames the dialogue around the significant artworks contributed to this exhibition. The intention is that these visual expressions create conversations that lead to shared understanding and increased participant knowledge.
The exhibition expands opportunities for students, staff, faculty, elected officials and community guests to exchange ideas in both the classroom and in the public arena through the arts; to establish, strengthen and sustain partnership between ASU’s West campus and community organizations and members; and to serve as a vehicle to increase the university’s social embeddedness in the community at large.
The mounting of these artworks through a partnership with the Cultural Arts Coalition http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml, not only serves to showcase the works of artists from the community, but also provides an opportunity to reach into the classroom and share a timely story concerning immigration reform and social justice.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with ASU West’s Border Justice Event to be held from March 31 to April 2, 2009, under the guidance of William Paul Simmons, Director, MA in Social Justice and Human Rights, Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Engagement in the exhibition allows the ASU West campus and the community to explore the concept of migration and community, while honoring the human story.
Our intention is that these visual expressions will cause us to pause, calling upon our human need to dialog and resulting in civil understanding around critical issues and public policies.
This art exhibition further expands opportunities for student achievement and success, and the exchange of ideas both in the classroom and in the public arena.
June 14, 2008 during the Exhibition/Reception at Tohono O’odham Cultural Center, Sells, Arizona, Morgana Wallace discusses the Border Project (http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.38.shtml) with judy butzine, Curator of the ASU West Exhibition.
The research that served as the catalyst for the exhibition Migration: Immigration, Giving Honor to Latina(o) Cultures and Communities came out of the ASU Morrison Institute. The Forum 411—Immigration: From Global to Local to Kids report (http://www.asu.edu/copp/morrison/forum411.htm), which deciphers myth from reality concerning immigration, was first presented at a reception intended to engage Arizona's Community Leaders. Forum 411 is a quarterly briefing series funded by WESTCOR that offers policy, business, education and community leaders vital information on Arizona's critical issues.
Arizona is a microcosm of diverse cultures and environments. Artists whose roots go back generations intermingle with new transplants. Artists study life and local habitats, and by recording their experiences share them with all of us. Art has an enormous impact on our daily lives. It exposes a community to the ideas, stories and deeply felt emotions of others, breaking down barriers and stereotypes, and thereby working toward promoting a more global vision.
CALACA is a cultural organization that exemplifies the development of Arizona Latina/o artists, focusing on contributions to multiculturalism and preservation of culture within the state and beyond. Members are directly involved with social and cultural experiences developed from layers of tradition, history and social norms.
To represent culture, the artist is manifesting one's life or illustrating a community bound by the symbols that delineate a group of beliefs. Defining one's own culture is both a personal and a public action. It is personal since the input necessary to develop a sense of culture comes from private sources, such as family and community traditions.
Definitions become social when they are expressed through art or acts of creation, left in the open for public interaction and interpretation. Sometimes one must throw away past negative experiences and create new ideas to serve the educational, political, and aesthetic needs of a community.
Other * Arts Organizations* contributing to the ASU West Exhibition:
* ALAC: Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture Consortium, Inc. whose mission is the promotion, preservation & education of Latin@ Arts & Culture for the Valley of the Sun. It is a vehicle for its members to advocate for Latino arts statewide. Its collaborative strategy will focus on the concept of "Artnerships," which connects the needs and desires of the Latino arts community with those of arts patrons, mainstream art organizations, governments, elected officials, corporations, developers, small businesses, and schools. ALAC members are dedicated to achieving our goals, and are seeking government, educational, business and non-profit partners who also are committed to showcasing the vast range of cultural diversity that exists in Arizona. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* PSA Art Awakenings http://www.artawakenings.org/id47.htm
* Las Artes de Maricopa, a GED Achievement Program for innovative 16-21 year-old youth, is a partnership between YMCA and PSA Art Awakenings. This program blends art and academic instruction, social and emotional support, GED work and work-readiness training. They not only provide instruction and tutoring towards educational achievement, but also promote empowerment and self expression through the power of art, thus fostering exploration and development of artistic skills.
* The Town of Guadalupe. is also included in this exhibition through a project facilitated by the Cultural Arts Coalition http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.41.shtml
One of the primary objectives for this exhibition is to utilize the artworks in classroom discussion. For this reason, literature and videos relevant to this subject have also been included in the exhibition space.
The arts are a means of communication and have existed since the beginning of human history. Material forms of artistic expression as metaphors of intellectual concepts predated language as a means to connect ideas of abstract thinking. Artists stand in a unique position to help us identify and reflect upon many important issues of the day. They utilize a universal language that often draws upon powerful images to convey the emotions and meaning in our world. Since communication is a vital and necessary factor in conflict resolution, artists can help us facilitate this process in a non-threatening and nonviolent manner.
The arts enable us through Cultural Arts Coalition’s programming to provide a means for people to interpret information and frame issues themselves in a fresh way without the intervention of another person. The arts can be both language and metaphor, connecting people with the ideas, values and beliefs of others, challenging old perceptions and stimulating critical reflection in a way that leads to a shift in perception of self and the world. The arts in this context make it possible for us to acquire knowledge and gain wisdom we had not previously accessed.
Participants of the Cultural Arts Coalition hope you find time to examine and explore this exhibition and take the time to reflect upon the issues presented...
Artists participating in this exhibition:
******************************Photo Narrative Review by judy butzine, January 9, 2009
Cultural Arts Coalition http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml
Music used with permission from Quetzal Guerreo. Quetzals musical exploration began in 1986 when, at the age of four, he began studying the classical violin method of Suzuki and in the following year traveled to Matsumoto, Japan to further his studies at the Suzuki International Institute. His meticulous skills lead him to be the featured violinist for the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musicas annual recital in Recife, Brazil.