May 2017 Exhibits

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.