SANCTUARY: a place of refuge or safety.
THE AMERICAN DREAM: a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
“Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream“ is generously funded by the International Association of New Haven, the City of New Haven and Suzio-York Hill.
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Thursday, October 3: Opening Reception and Audubon Block Party, 6-8PM
featuring food trucks from Arepa and Sultan’s, beverages served by Block 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!
Thursday, October 17: Welcome to America: A Reflection on our Journeys and our Arrival, 6-9PM
A community conversation featuring IRIS, Immigrant Bail Fund, and the Connecticut Bail Fund.
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.
November 3: Make Salsa and Hummus Not War, time to be determined
*in collaboration with Sanctuary Kitchen and Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet*
Both salsa and hummus are a compelling and delicious canvas to explore the human dimension of the immigration crisis. How can a sense of “home” in an increasingly migratory world be accessible, welcome, have softer borders that make salsa and hummus not war? Open our hearts and minds by tasting a variety of salsas, hummus, and their accompaniments, engage in interactive cooking demos and experiential stations, and hear a dynamic panel.
OPEN CALL (closed September 4th, 2019)
Creative Arts Workshop invites all artists, activists, makers, filmmakers, creators, thinkers, shakers and dreamers to share their artistic voice through this national open call for the unjuried curated art exhibition “ Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream.” While the exhibition will primarily focus on the display of visual and performing artwork, we are also collecting scholarship and writing by writers, poets, activists, academics, musicians, social workers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, sociologists, psychologists, health care providers, service workers, architects and other individuals working in non-art sectors who are contemplating the challenges the immigrant community has been facing.
We invite you to explore themes of cultural identity, belonging, home, issues of place, dislocation, human rights and morality under this theme.
This exhibition is free and welcome to all.
We believe on creating a platform for all to come together while utilizing the arts as its main vehicle and bringing our voices together to build a better community, and world.