Catholic Charities Partners with Arts Community to Support Center for Immigration Defense
This fall, Catholic Charities is proud to partner with the Portland arts community on a number of creative, collaborative educational events highlighting the struggles and fears of immigrants, our community’s response, and the critical need for additional resources to support Catholic Charities’ new Center for Immigration Defense. To learn more, please explore the following initiatives. Special thanks to all of our invaluable partners.
America’s Voices – Immigrants’ Influence on the Arts
Sounds of Home Event of the Oregon Symphony
October 13, 2017 | 6:00 PM
The Oregon Symphony’s groundbreaking Sounds of Home series kicks off with a free community event that explores and celebrates the role immigrants have played – and continue to play – in shaping American art. Creative performances by Milagro, Edna Vazquez, Portland Taiko, and members of the Oregon Symphony are complemented by a discussion led by Dr. Rick Birkel (Executive Director, Catholic Charities) and Scott Showalter (President & CEO, Oregon Symphony), to bring to light Portland’s own relationship to immigration and the influence the immigrant experience has had on local arts and culture.
Click here to learn more. This event is sold out.
Ni de aquí, ni de allá (Not from here, not from there)
A Collaborative Art Project in Support of the Center for Immigration Defense
November 2, 2017 | 5:00 PM
In collaboration with the Puentes program, and local artist Patricia Vasquez Gomez, Catholic Charities’ Center for Immigration Defense is releasing Ni de aquí, ni de allá, an art series by middle and high school aged youth affected by immigration. This collaborative concept was inspired by Elizabeth Leach of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the release is in partnership with the Portland Art Dealers Association.
Through printmaking, Ms. Vasquez is helping these young people express the complexity of living the immigration experience. The Spanish phrase ni de aquí, ni de allá, which translates to “not from here, not from there,” is frequently used by bilingual and bicultural young people to describe the intersecting identities of American and Immigrant.
This project’s aim is to support the expansion of the Center for Immigration Defense, a multi-faith initiative that provides low-cost and pro-bono legal services to families at risk of forced separation.
The project will be released and on display on November 2, 2017 at the First Thursday Art Walk in the galleries of the Pearl District in Portland.
Click here for more information about First Thursdays’ participating art galleries.
Mojada: A Madea in Los Angeles
Post-Show Discussion on Immigration with Catholic Charities
November 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26
In this retelling of Medea, Mojada: A Madea in Los Angeles, seen through the lens of immigrants to the United States, playwright Luis Alfaro blends tragedy, wry humor, Mexican folklore and a bracingly modern setting to unleash the power of Euripides’ ancient tale of love, transformation and betrayal. A co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mojada comes to Portland after a triumphant six-month run in Ashland.
Through a creative partnership with Portland Center Stage, join Catholic Charities for a post-show discussion (after select performances) to better understand the struggles and fears faced by immigrants in our community.
Click here to purchase tickets. Note that post-show discussions with Catholic Charities are scheduled for November 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26 performances only.