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Nationwide Participatory Art Project Comes to Memphis to Underscore Urgency of Passing the Dream Act
MEMPHIS — On December 8, the Inside Out/Dreamers Project will travel to Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis. This is part of a nationwide participatory art initiative, the Inside Out Project, launched by award-winning international artist JR, to create a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike. During this stop, Inside Out/Dreamers will bring their custom photo-booth truck to the community to give ALL individuals an opportunity to have their photos taken and use art as an expression of standing in solidarity with Dreamers. As residents will see, these portraits are meant to remind the community of the real, human stories and faces behind the national debate surrounding Dreamers.
The photo-booth will be located next to the Thomas Center on the CBU campus from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to enter the campus from Central Avenue.
The Inside Out Project will give EVERYONE an opportunity to have their pictures taken and see their personal identity transformed into works of public art. These photos will be instantly printed and included in a series of high visible art installations featuring a group of large-scale black and white portraits, creating a portrait of everyone who makes up America — Dreamers and non-Dreamers alike!
In the face of the Administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Inside Out/Dreamers project will also provide communities and local leaders with a unique platform to amplify their voices. At 11:30 a.m., a pop-up press conference with local voices will showcase the art, bring people together, and urge Congress to support the Dream Act. Spokespersons will highlight, among other issues, that removing the 1,800 DACA eligible individuals who currently reside in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District would result in a $54.3 million estimated GDP loss for the district.
Speakers will include Dr. John Smarrelli, President of Christian Brothers University; Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director of Latino Memphis; Rondell Trevino, pastor and founder of Memphis Immigration Project; and local Dreamers and other community members.
More information on the Inside Out Project: http://www.insideoutproject.net/dreamers