The Path of the Migrant: Raw Reality Through the Arts


    Hosted by YWCA Latina Leadership Institute – LLIand 2 others

    Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
    5:00 p.m. – Art Opening Reception & Poster Exhibition
    6:30 p.m. – Caravan Panel

    YWCA Southern Arizona Conference Center
    Frances McClelland Community Center
    525 N. Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745


    Join UNAM-Tucson Centro de Estudios Mexicanos, Free The Children Coalition, and YWCA Southern Arizona’s Galleria for the premiere exhibition and opening night reception of the acclaimed international poster art collection “LA MIGRACIÓN: una mirada a través del cartel” addressing the issues of Migration and Human Rights through graphic representation of human activity. This theme allows us insights, looking at and understanding migration through visual art. The art reception and poster exhibition starts at 5pm with music and complimentary refreshments.

    A panel discussion will begin at 6:30pm with special guest speakers who will discuss the role the United States has in the current immigration situation and their response to the caravans. The purpose is to raise awareness of the implications of the migration phenomenon, protection of migrants and how we can support their Human Rights. Watch with us a live interview with an activist in Hondorus and listen to the panelists speakers who will offer insights into what’s happening at our border.

    “The Path of the Migrant: Raw Reality Through the Arts” art exhibition will be available December 13th, 2018 – February 14th, 2019 displaying posters from Mexico and Central America that were featured in the 14th International Poster Biennial of Mexico in 2016. The original collection was selected from over 900 proposals 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. Each artist has represented in a graphic way their personal conception of the migratory phenomenon, either by their own experience, by that experienced by a close relative, a friend, an acquaintance or by having learned through the media. The posters address the issue of migration and the human rights of people in this condition. Where the transit from the simple to the complex, from the playful to the harsh, from light to dark, is perceived. From what is proper to what is foreign, from action to contemplation and very likely from the present to the future.

    Refreshments will be provided. Please follow us on Facebook for updates. The panelists will be announced on the Facebook event page.

    Food & Hygiene Products Drive

    Latina Leadership Institute and Promotoras are asking for donations to support the caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border. You can drop off your donations at 525 N. Bonita Ave. the day of the event.

    The items we are asking for are non perishable food items:
    – rice
    – beans
    – coffee
    – cans
    – cooking oil
    – cereals, oatmeal, etc.
    – New winter clothing: gloves, scarfs, socks and hats
    – Hygiene products as toothpaste, soap, deodorant etc.

    Learn more about the Food & Hygiene Drive:


    This art exhibit and panel was organized in collaboration with UNAM-Tucson, Free The Children Coalition, and YWCA Southern Arizona’s Latina Leadership Institute and The Galleria at YWCA Southern Arizona.


    The YWCA of Southern Arizona is a non-partisan organization that cannot and does not endorse political candidates.


    Our main campus is fully wheelchair accessible. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available upon advance request of at least 10 business days. Please visit our website for accessibility information or contact Miro Gutierrez at 520-884-7810 ext. 7101 or at with access questions or accommodation requests.


    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Please contact for any general questions about the event.

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, tickets are free. By RSV

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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