Closing Reception: Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dream Derailed @ Spaceworks Gallery, Tacoma [17 August]

Closing Reception: Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dream Derailed

18:00 - 21:00

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Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. (Entrance on 11th St.), Tacoma, Washington 98402
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Activists, Leaders, Poets and Musicians are travelling from around the region to come honor the closing night of the art exhibit «Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed»

Maru Mora Villalpando
Marcos Martinez

Tello and the Invisibles

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs
Rocio Lopez

Tello and the Invisibles. The new song or La Nueva Cancion, of Latin America is a musical movement that has its roots in folk music and expresses the concerns, hopes and struggles of the people. It is music with a social message. Not necessarily protest music, but music that speaks of love, hope, justice and equality. La Nueva Cancion is the voice of human rights. It is music by the people for the people.

Maru Mora Villalpando, Bellingham, Wa, Bellingham, Wa, community organizer, founder of Latino Advocacy, member of the National Campaign Not One More Deportation and co-founder of NWDC Resistance

Marcos Martinez is Executive Director of Casa Latina, a worker center in Seattle, WA. Casa Latina serves immigrant Latinx day laborers and domestic workers through employment, education and community organizing. Marcos formerly served as Executive Director of Entre Hermanos, a nonprofit Latino LGBTQ community. Before moving to Seattle, Marcos spent 20 years working at community radio KUNM in Albuquerque, NM.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including the recently released The Runaway Poems, addressing the epidemic of runaway youth. She is the daughter of immigrant farmworkers from Durango Mexico, and has represented the United States abroad as a Chicana poet, in several countries.

Rocio Lopez, daughter of Angelica Guillen, reading poetry by her mother. Angelica Guillen, Professor of Composition and Literature, Skagit Valley College: 1992-2010. Cesar Chavez Human and Civil Rights Award in 2010. Her heartfelt poetry comes from her life experiences as a Campesina for 18 years, working in Skagit Valley fields while living in a migrant labor camp outside LaConner, WA and her lifelong experience as a Latina woman.

«Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed» is a multimedia exhibition about immigration and detention on display at the Spaceworks Gallery. Curated by art critic Susan N. Platt and mural artist David Long, the exhibit addresses the urgent issue of immigration from multiple perspectives by fusing intense work by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, current detainees, DACAs (Delayed Action for Childhood arrivals), college students, grass roots activists, self- taught artists and professional artists. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, collages, glass arts, films, photography, and videos. The works range from heartfelt to playful, interactive to informative, and poetic to didactic. Our purpose is to open up the conversation about immigration and to embrace the many ways in which immigrants are the essential fabric of our society. In addition to visiting the gallery, we invite visitors to participate in various ways such as playing games, manipulating sculpture, responding to interactive posters, or browsing our reading section.

*Supported by grants from:
Washington State Arts Commission
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Allied Arts Foundation
and Humanities Washington
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