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Local immigrants illustrate their stories in Cascadia College Border Doors art exhibit

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One of the "Border Doors" on exhibit at Cascadia College. Image courtesy of Cascadia College.
One of the "Border Doors" on exhibit at Cascadia College. Image courtesy of Cascadia College.

From a Cascadia College news release.

Cascadia College hosts Border Doors art exhibit

Cascadia College hosted a reception to kick off an art exhibit titled “Border Doors” on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, on campus in Mobius Hall.

Students, artists, families, and social justice organizations used full-size doors as their canvas to tell their personal immigration stories.

The Border Doors Exhibit consists of 30 doors altogether, 12 of which were created by local individuals or community groups, and are making their debut at Cascadia College.

“We crossed those freeways. We climbed that wall. We hid in fear,” recalled Bothell resident Maria Cisneros of her first journey from Mexico to the United States when she was a teenager. She relived it again with her seven-year-old son as they painted a full-size door for the art exhibit.

“We hope this helps to connect our community and our students, and bring people together to discuss what is a timely, serious, and evolving topic,” said Sara Gómez Taylor, the outreach specialist at Cascadia College.

“We invited people on campus and in the community to share their personal immigration journeys with us.”

Spoken word poet Roberto Carlos Ascalon performed some of his original work at the reception. Many of the contributing artists attended the event.

“This is a very powerful exhibit and is highly personal to me,” reported Jesús Pérez, PhD, Cascadia faculty member who, in partnership with his brother Claudio Pérez, brought 18 of the doors to Cascadia College from a 2016 exhibit in New Mexico.

The Border Doors exhibit is part of a weeklong educational series, Human Arts Awareness Week, focusing on human migration and immigration.

The exhibit will run through Friday, February 17th on campus in Mobius Hall.

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