On Saturday July 6th, Instituto will be hosting Florecer Aquí y Allá, a transnational migrant solidarity event that will celebrate immigration through the means of art. The event will be done in solidarity with other groups across the U.S.
Often times when we speak on immigration it is done with a sad or hopeless tone, but Florecer Aquí y Allá will celebrate the beauty of immigration and our rights to approach the issue in a way that best fits all of our own personal needs. Designed in a way that is meant to inspire and ignite a movement within our communities that will continue pushing for change within immigration.
There are subsequent themes that are impacted by immigration, that many migrants are also pushing to reform. Florecer Aquí y Allá will highlight some of these topics such as education and opportunity, and families belong together.
Undocumented Students for Education Equity (USEE) from ASU will be part of the event to help highlight the necessity of accessible education for those who migrate to the United States. There are added hurdles that are unfairly placed by government officials to prevent students from obtaining access to the quality public education Arizona has to offer.
Immigration often impacts families, but not always in the way that it should. Family separation is an issue that immigrants often have to deal with, but should never be the case. Our partner organization for the event Aliento helps the community deal and heal with these topics through their art and healing programs. Florecer Aquí y Allá will highlight the importance and beauty of keeping families together, and will be a call to action for the community to continue pushing for immigration reform that values families as a whole unit.
Florecer Aquí y Allá means to flourish, both here and there. The event is meant to inspire the migrant community and allies in Phoenix to continue pushing for policies that positively impact our communities.
It is an artist call to action that is designed to highlight the benefits of immigration on our communities, and to celebrate the autonomous decision to immigrate or not to. Palabras Bilingual Bookstore is a partner organization that has connected immigrant communities with the artistic medium for years in the Phoenix community and we are proud to have their support on the event.
The event will be on Saturday, July 6th at CO+HOOTS from the hours of 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The event is welcome to all, and we highly encourage artists whose themes revolve around immigration to participate in the event.