The Immigration Information Response Team (IIRT) and the Newport Public Library will host an opening event for the traveling photo exhibit Borderless Stories on Saturday, October 6, 2:00 p.m. at the library.
Borderless Stories was created by the Immigrant Family Advocates (IFA) in Central Oregon, who interviewed and photographed members of eight immigrant families, documenting why they left their home country, the challenges they have faced, and why they chose Oregon as their new home and community. Sue Nell Phillips of IFA will attend the opening event as guest speaker.
Ann Miller, IIRT member and contact for the Borderless Stories Project in Newport said, “It’s not only IIRT that celebrates the full racial gamut of who we are as a town; our Newport Public Library is hosting the Borderless Stories Project to dovetail with Dos Culturas-Una Comunidad, two months honoring Latino culture through the arts, at the Newport Visual Art Center. There will also be a rare opportunity in October to see contemporary paintings recently brought from Cuba, along with a slideshow prepared by dancers and drummers from Newport and Portland who have established strong friendships in that country through years of going to the island to studio music. Anticipate savory Cuban cuisine and inimitable Cuban music at the opening of that event at Cafe Mundo.”
Miller encourages the engagement of all immigrants. “Everyone in our community is invited to contact us with their immigration story, and most of us are immigrants. Some will then become part of the current Borderless Stories Project as it continues to travel throughout Oregon, and all will become part of an archive to deepen our knowledge of the full history of our own cultural diversity here in Newport.”
Both IIRT and IFA are member groups of the Rural Organizing Project (ROP), a statewide human dignity organization.
For more information about the opening event, call the Newport Library at 541-265-2153.