Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream
October 3 – November 9, 2019
Curated by Luciana McClure
Bringing together immigrant artists practicing in New Haven and around the country, Sanctuary Cities will explore issues of place, cultural identity and dislocation. Related programming includes workshops and demonstrations, free roundtable talks and other public events, listed below. The artist directory can be viewed here.
This exhibition is generously supported by the City of New Haven and the International Association of New Haven.
Saturday, November 9: Closing Reception: Tea and Tradition, 2-5PM
Tea has been part of daily rituals for most cultures across the globe. Gathering over tea is a space for traditions, story and community. From ancient medicinal uses to sharing a cup with a friend, tea has universally been a source of comfort and warmth. Historically, women have also used tea gatherings to mobilize support for women’s rights and create entrepreneurship opportunities.
Join us for an afternoon of tea demonstration and tastings from around the world. We invite the community to sit and discuss with the women of Sanctuary Kitchen over a warm cup of tea, while creating a sanctuary space to give voice, share stories and empower.
Free and welcome to all.
Saturday, October 26: Sanctuary Movements, Open Archive, and Community Building, 2-5PM
Three volunteers from Interference Archive will present a selection of documents from its collection on the sanctuary movement, other issues relevant to the topic of immigration, and broader themes of social and political organizing. This will be followed by a guided group discussion, workshop, and share-out of resources amongst members of the group, so as to connect directly to the exhibit and provide attendees with a greater understanding not only of the history of these movements, but also present means of changing your community for the better.
Thursday, October 17: Welcome to America: A Reflection on our Journeys and Arrival, 6-9PM
A community conversation featuring IRIS, Immigrant Bail Fund, and the CT Bail Fund.
Thursday, October 3: Opening Reception and Audubon Block Party, 6-8PM
featuring food trucks from Arepa and Sultan’s, beverages served by Black Hog Brewing, and live music by DJ Luis Luna.
Featured organizations include: Planned Parenthood, WPKN, ULA, IRIS, Arts Council, Sanctuary Kitchen, Interference Archive, Yale SNMA/LMSA (Black and Latino medical student affinity group), Yale US Health Justice Collaborative, Black Hog Brewing, Koffee?, ECA, Community Foundation, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Museum, and more!
Hartford Courant: Political exhibit takes on issue of New Haven as a sanctuary city, Susan Dunne
New Haven Independent: CAW Gives Many Faces to Sanctuary, Brian Slattery
Yale Daily News: Local gallery holds exhibit on sanctuary cities, Natalie Kainz
The Foote School: Crossing the Borders That Divide