December 6, 2018
Contact: Jenny Stern
Outreach + Marketing Manager
YWCA Southern Arizona
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YWCA Galleria Hosts The Path of the Migrant: Raw Reality Through the Arts – Poster Exhibit and Caravan Panel Event

[Tucson] YWCA Galleria will host the US premiere exhibition and opening night reception of the acclaimed international poster art collection “LA MIGRACIÓN: una mirada a través del cartel” in partnership with UNAM-Tucson, Free the Children Coalition, CNDH Mexico, and YWCA’s Latina Leadership Institute. This event addresses the issues of Migration and Human Rights through graphic art and a panel discussion on Thursday, December 13th at YWCA Southern Arizona Conference Center – Frances McClelland Community Center.

The opening reception and poster exhibition begins at 5 p.m. “The artistic works in this exhibit tell us about the sad realities the journey of the migrant and the violations of his/her human rights. At UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), we believe that by raising awareness about the injustice’s migrants face, these unjust social phenomena that can be counteracted and even eliminated by formulating fairer and more solidarity laws. The works of art in this exhibit contribute with a grain of sand to the enormous effort of awareness that is required in our current societies to improve them,” says Claudio Estrada, Director at UNAM-Tucson.

A panel discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. with guest speakers Isabel Garcia, and Raquel Rubio Goldsmith who will discuss the role that the United States has played in creating the current political and economic conditions in Central America resulting in the caravans and mass migration. Live-stream video interview with Lenny Alvarado human rights activist who will be live-streamed from Honduras and provided on the ground insight on the human rights, political, and economic conditions in Honduras.

“The purpose of the panel is to counter the victim-blaming dialogue about the migrants in the caravan, to explore what people are fleeing from that would cause thousands of people to leave their home countries,” says Alba Jaramillo J.D., Director of YWCA’s Latina Leadership Institute and member of the Free the Children Coalition.

“To support the caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border, we’re holding a Food and Hygiene Products Donation Drive.”, says Jaramillo. The YWCA Latina Leadership Institute and Promotoras ask that everyone bring donation items of rice, beans, coffee, canned food, cooking oil, cereals, oatmeal, winter clothing, and hygiene products like toothpaste, soap and deodorant.

YWCA Galleria is located at 525 N. Bonita Ave. The poster exhibit and panel will take place on Dec. 13th from 5 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

“The Path of the Migrant: Raw Reality Through the Arts” art exhibition will be available December 13th, 2018 – February 14th, 2019 at YWCA Galleria. The posters featured in this exhibit are from Mexico and Central America first displayed at the 14th International Poster Biennial of Mexico in 2016. The original collection featured 100 artists from different parts of the world all addressing the issue of Human Rights and Migration promoted by the National Commission of Human Rights in Mexico.