Bilingual Public Conversation on Value of Boston’s Immigrants on Thursday in JP

WBUR’s Louise Kennedy will moderate a conversation on the value of, and challenges to Boston’s rich immigrant community inspired by Nora Valdez’s Immigration Nation art exhibit at the Urbano Project.

Immigration Nation is a visual art installation that consists of more than 400 suitcases made by immigrants who came to the US. To create the exhibition Valdez held workshops for several months reaching out to people of all ages, asking them to create their own suitcase that showed their own personal immigration story. Valdez led workshops at Urbano Project, Boston Evening Academy in Roxbury, the Woods Mullen Homeless Shelter in Dorchester, the Fenway High School, her own studio and throughout Egleston Square.

Kennedy will be joined by guest panelists Alejandra St. Guillen (Director of Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston), Anthony Marino (Director of Legal Services, Irish International Immigrant Center), and artist Nora Valdez.

This event is free and open to the public this Thursday, August 3 at 7 pm at Urbano Project (29 Germania St.). This conversation will be translated into Spanish by a real-time interpreter at the event.

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Artist Nora Valdez\’s \”Immigration Nation\” art installation tells the story of more than 400 US immigrants through suitcases.