Immigration Forum

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


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


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


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


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


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.