Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    At Living Arts, we believe art can be a vehicle for social change. If the past few months have done nothing else, they have shown us that we are all going to have to do our part to create that change.

    It’s no secret that Oklahoma has one of the worst records of welcoming immigrants. In 2007, as the United States fell into recession and anti-immigrant sentiment grew, the Oklahoma legislature passed House Bill 1804 and Governor Brad Henry signed it into law. Also known as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, the law’s stated purpose was to address “economic hardship and lawlessness” caused by illegal immigrants. More recently Oklahoma’s Governor, Mary Fallin, and Tulsa’s Mayor (at the time), Dewey Bartlett, stated that they will not accept any immigrants from the Syrian crisis. And now, the incoming administration wants to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.

    Through the Crossing Borders project, we hope to give voice to the immigrants who are coming to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families. We also hope this month-long investigation will inform non-immigrant communities of these human stories and to perhaps change misconceptions about immigrants in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city.

    For everything surrounding the Crossing Borders project, please click the buttons below to learn more.

     

    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The following components will be a part of this month-long investigation:

    1. Crossing Borders: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    2. Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration – an exhibition of José Pantoja’s work. Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9pm.  Pantoja grew up in Cuba where he became an accomplished painter. In 2011, he immigrated to the United States. Today, he lives and paints in Tulsa. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    3. “Do We Belong?” Performance piece presented by Kripalaya Dance Academy at Living Arts on May 5 at 7p. Featuring: Maya Chandwaney, Preeyom Govind, Chandini Kanderi,  Pragathi Gowda and Riya Kurella

    4. Video Without Borders Screening: Screening of 7 short videos by immigrants who reside in Tulsa, Sat, May 6, 6:30pm at Living Arts.

    5. Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras: The premier performances of José Torres-Tama’s “Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras” will transform a food vehicle into a mobile stage to address the anti-immigrant hysteria in the USA, and will take place May 18 and 19 at Living Arts at 8p.

    6. Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership Movie Night / Panel: May 9 at 6p, Living Arts is partnering with the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and The Great Tulsa Assoc. of Realtors to present the film, The House We Live In, and a panel discussion centered around discrimination issues that immigrants face in finding housing in Oklahoma.  

    7. Immigration Forum: May 16 at 5:30p, Living Arts will host a panel discussion with Rich Fisher from KWGS as the panel moderator and the following as panelists: Teresa Valero, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Mana Tahaie and Jordan Mazariegos.

     

    Crossing Borders Cover artwork: Monsters' Business by José Antonio Pantoja Hernández

     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration

    José Antonio Pantoja Hernández was born in Cuba in 1971. As artist who grew up in the Mayabeque Province of Cuba, in the city of Bejucal, "Pantoja" received apprenticeships as a carpenter and woodworker using antiquated tools. As his interests turned to painting and sculpting, he sought visual inspiration from a small collection of art books that showcased mainly works from Masters.By 2002, Pantoja paintings began to depicted everyday life in Cuba. As a member of a state-sponsored art collective, Pantoja was eventually able to exhibit his works on the streets of the Havana promenade, "El Paseo Del Prado.” There, he would often only display one or two paintings a week, selling them to tourists. Over time, his work became more surreal and somber. Eventually, he began to paint what he calls "the errors of the Revolution." The director of the Queretaro City Museum in Mexico learned about Pantoja's work in 2011 and sent him an invitation to display his work in the museum. Pantoja was able to parlay that invitation into a special pass to leave Cuba. He said goodbye to his friends and family and boarded a plane to Mexico with eight paintings. When he landed in Mexico City in June of 2011, he decided not to exhibit his work and instead took a bus to border town of Nuevo Laredo. There, he crossed into U.S. border and asked for political asylum. The story of his defection was chronicled in August 2011 issue of This Land press, today Pantoja lives and paints in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

     

    The video below, from This Land Press and the late, great Lee Roy Chapman, "takes our favorite Cuban artist and expatriate, José Antonio Pantoja Hernández, on a driving lesson in his van. The result is a surprisingly moving portrait of Pantoja as he recounts the perils he faced in his daring escape to the United States."
     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)
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    Crossing Borders Group Exhibit: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    Believing that Art can be a vehicle for social change, Living Arts of Tulsa is presenting a series of events that constitute an artistic investigation into the current state of immigration in our state and in the U.S. The goals of this project are to amplify the voice of immigrants and to inform non-immigrant communities in Tulsa of the stories of immigrants in order to hopefully change misconceptions in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city.

    Banner image: Incandescent Metatonia by Jave Yoshimoto

    Please click on the banner below to learn more about the Living Arts Crossing Borders Project

     

     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    Believing that Art can be a vehicle for social change, Living Arts of Tulsa is presenting a series of events that constitute an artistic investigation into the current state of immigration in our state and in the U.S. The goals of this project are to amplify the voice of immigrants and to inform non-immigrant communities in Tulsa of the stories of immigrants in order to hopefully change misconceptions in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city. The following components will be a part of this month-long investigation:

     

    1. Crossing Borders: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    2. Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration – an exhibition of José Pantoja’s work. Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9pm.  Pantoja grew up in Cuba where he became an accomplished painter. In 2011, he immigrated to the United States. Today, he lives and paints in Tulsa. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    3. “Do We Belong?” Performance piece presented by Kripalaya Dance Academy at Living Arts on May 5 at 7p. Featuring: Maya Chandwaney, Preeyom Govind, Chandini Kanderi,  Pragathi Gowda and Riya Kurella

    4. Video Without Borders Screening: Screening of 7 short videos by immigrants who reside in Tulsa, Sat, May 6, 6:30pm at Living Arts.

    5. Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras: The premier performances of José Torres-Tama’s “Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras” will transform a food vehicle into a mobile stage to address the anti-immigrant hysteria in the USA, and will take place May 18 and 19 at Living Arts at 8p.

    6. Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership Movie Night / Panel: May 9 at 6p, Living Arts is partnering with the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and The Great Tulsa Assoc. of Realtors to present the film, The House We Live In, and a panel discussion centered around discrimination issues that immigrants face in finding housing in Oklahoma.  

    7. Immigration Forum: May 16 at 5:30p, Living Arts will host a panel discussion with Rich Fisher from KWGS as the panel moderator and the following as panelists: Elizabeth McCormick, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Francisco Treviño, Mana Tahaie and Jordan Mazariegos.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:30pm

    May 16 at 5:30p, Living Arts will host a panel discussion with Rich Fisher from KWGS as the panel moderator and the following as panelists: Teresa Valero, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Mana Tahaie and Jordan Mazariegos. The event will begin with a short cooking demonstration by Raindrop Turkish House and there will be food and drinks after the panel discussion for the audience to enjoy.

    TOPIC: Art, Culture and Immigration (The role art and culture can play in the immigration discourse and the influence of immigration in art and culture)

     

    Rich Fisher

    Moderator

    Rich Fisher is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, which consists of KWGS, KWTU, and its attendant HD program streams, and the host of KWGS’s flagship public affairs program, StudioTulsa.  As founding host of “StudioTulsa”, a daily interview program since 1992, he has conducted nearly five thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, journalism and government.  He has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Governor's Arts Award for Media, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Harweldon Award, the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.   In addition,  Rich is an active musician. He’s currently the principal trombonist of the Signature Symphony at TCC, conducts the Starlight Jazz Orchestra, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to brass quintet chamber music.

     

    Jordan Alberto Mazariegos

    Panelist

    Hi, my name is Jordan Alberto Mazariegos.  I was born in Mexico City, Mexico and I immigrated to the United States with my parents at the age of two. Currently, I am a student at Oklahoma State University majoring in accounting.  I serve as the current president for DREAM Act Oklahoma in Tulsa, a grassroots organization led by supporters of immigrants’ rights.  We discuss issues regarding undocumented immigrants and serve the community through education and advocacy.  Our most notable work are the DACA clinics and workshops we put together to help qualifying individuals get informed and apply for their DACA.

     

    Anh-Thuy Nguyen

    Panelist

    Anh-Thuy Nguyen is a multi-media artist, whose work spans from photography, video to performance and installation art. Her work highlights complex relationships and cultural conflicts resulting from the artist existing between cultural identities: Vietnamese and American, focusing on food and language. Her recent work includes a co-curatorial project Steeped: The Art of Tea (currently on view at 108 Contemporary) & a new painting/printmaking body of work [In]translation (viewed at AHHA Dec- Jan 2017). Nguyen is 2016-2017 public research fellow at Oklahoma Center for Humanities, the University of Tulsa and currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK.

     

    Mana Tahaie

    Panelist

    Mana Tahaie serves as the interim Director of Immigrant & Refugee Services at YWCA Tulsa, one of the largest providers of services to newcomers in Oklahoma. Mana joined YWCA in 2008 to develop the racial justice department, and expanded her focus to include women's empowerment in 2014 under the Mission Impact department. Under her leadership, YWCA provided training, events, consulting, dialogue programs and advocacy on issues of race, gender and inclusion. Mana is the first in her family born in the United States. She earned her bachelor's in Political Science from The University of Tulsa and has dedicated her career to advancing social justice.

     

     

    M. Teresa Valero

    Panelist

    M. Teresa Valero, a native of Venezuela, is an Applied Professor of Art, Graphic Design at The University of Tulsa where she is the Director of the School of Art. She is co-founder and Creative Director of Third Floor Design, a student-run design studio that provides high-quality design services for nonprofit organizations in Tulsa and surrounding areas. In addition to her teaching duties, she works as a photographer and graphic designer, winning many awards in advertising and design some include the Tulsa Addy Awards, Graphex, and Creativity Today. She is a past president of Art Directors Club of Tulsa and an active member of the Tulsa arts community. She is a member and former Chair of the Performing Arts Center Trust, the YWCA of Tulsa, the Tulsa Award for Theater Excellence, Living Arts of Tulsa, the Hispanic Affairs Commission for the City of Tulsa, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) on the Cross-cultural Design, the American Advertising Federation Tulsa and most recently 108 Contemporary and Iron Gate; she contributes to many local community and arts organizations. She has curated many exhibitions including the Little Black Dress: New Takes on a Timeless Classic and OUR Journey to America, a documentary photography show that is housed at YWCA Multi Cultural Center and had a second opening at the Williams Company in Tulsa. Valero graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Art History, and later received a master's degree in Art History.