On April 14, a panel of notable artists and activists took the stage at Florence Gould Hall in New York City to discuss the role that the arts can and do play in addressing the topic of immigration in America. Though each one approached the subject with a different perspective, the panelists agreed that art is essential in helping to tell a story that resonates with all Americans, and that highlights a common humanity rather than cultural differences.
With a keynote address from Mira Nair, Director of the Namesake and Monsoon Wedding, the forum featured conversations with:
- Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition;
- David Henry Hwang, Playwright of M. Butterfly and Yellow Face;
- Alan Jenkins, Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda;
- Mira Nair, Director of The Namesake and Monsoon Wedding;
- Martín Perna, Founder of Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds;
- Favianna Rodriguez, Printmaker and New Media Artist;
- Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice;
- and the art of Kip Fulbeck.
Maria Hinojosa, Emmy Award-winning PBS anchor and the host of NPR's Latino USA, moderated the discussion. A reception followed featuring DJ Martín Perna spinning in the DJ booth.
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Audio from the Event
An audio recording of the event is available here (mp3).