How Did We Get Here?

The exhibition and event series How Did We Get Here? seeks to enrich the local dialogue on migration and displacement in a community response to the show how the light gets in at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell.

Schedule of Events

Nov 1 (Fri): Gallery Night at the CAP ArtSpace Gallery featuring political cartoons created and/or curated by current Ithaca City of Asylum resident artist Pedro X Molina; a series of immigration and migration stories from the project and book “Their Story is Our Story”, curated by Ithaca College Associate Professor, Paul Wilson; and a series of posters from Ithaca College students in response to the issues in the “how the light gets in” exhibition at the Johnson Museum. This exhibit will continue at the CAP ArtSpace Gallery through the month of November.
5 – 8pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 3 (Sun): A Sense of Home: A Panel Discussion exploring immigration beyond the wall. Listen to stories from a wide perspective of local immigrant experience. Who comes to Ithaca? Why do they come? How do they see themselves? Help us move the conversation beyond the stereotypes. 
4 – 6pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 5 (Tue): Ithaca College Professor & filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai screening and discussion of his film, “Indochina – Traces of a Mother”.
7pm, Cinemapolis

Nov 8 (Fri): TBA
6 – 8pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 9 (Sat): How did you get here? What kind of life did you find? How does it compare to the promise or myth of America? Residents will tell their personal five-minute migration stories in a Moth-style storytelling event. At the end, host Raza Rumi, director of the Park Center for Independent Media, will moderate a 30-minute Q&A session with the storytellers. The stories will later be broadcast on WRFI, the community radio station for Ithaca and Watkins Glen. 
3 – 5pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 10 (Sun): Members of the local Karen Community (originally from Myanmar/Burma) will share their experience of leaving life in a refugee camp and re-settling in Ithaca. They’ll be talking about a new Ithaca mural project, painted by Karen youth in the 4-H Urban Outreach Program, and the experience of finding “home” here in the Ithaca area across 3 generations. 
3 – 5pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 16 (Sat): Journalism in Exile
Sonali Samarasinghe, Raza Rumi & Pedro X. Molina (ICOA Writers) will lead a panel discussion on Writing in Exile
3 – 5pm, ArtSpace Gallery.

Nov 17 (Sun): Lost for Words: A Celebration of Linguistic Diversity and Language Learning in Ithaca
3 – 5pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallery

Nov 24 (Sun): “No Place Like Home” Community Café : Community members from far away and right around the corner gather to explore the meaning of home, belonging and community. From life long Ithacans to those who have recently arrived and everyone in between, all are invited.
3 – 5pm, CAP ArtSpace Gallerym

People's Pop-Up Project

How Did We Get Here? is organized by the People’s Pop-Up Project, an ad hoc consortium of individuals and community groups. The local nonprofit Weave Community is hosting the effort. Partners include:

Ithaca City of Asylum,
Community Arts Partnership
Open Doors English
WRFI Community Radio,
Cornell Cooperative Extensions (CCE)
Ithaca College
Cinemapolis
Buffalo Books

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