2018 GIA Conference
Race, Space, and Place
Oakland, CA  |  October 21–24

Making it Work for Real Inclusion

Strategies for meaningful participation of undocumented artists

Monday, October 22, 10:00am – 11:30am

Destiny Arts Center: Studio Door A (970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA 94608)

Organized by Baylen Campbell, program and administrative assistant to the executive director, Unbound Philanthropy; and Favianna Rodriguez, interim director and cultural strategist, CultureStrike.

Moderated by Favianna Rodriguez, interim director and cultural strategist, CultureStrike. Presented by Bill O Hing, professor and director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, University of San Francisco; Iliana Perez, manager of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Educators for Fair Consideration; and Julio Salgado, project coordinator, CultureStrike.

How can arts organizations collaborate with, commission, and hire undocumented immigrant artists and storytellers? Arts institutions can help catalyze a culture of inclusion, authentic representation, and real power-sharing – particularly in these times of state-sanctioned anti-immigrant hate. This panel will draw on the firsthand experiences of an undocumented award-winning artist, a legal expert and leader in immigration law, and an arts organization leader to explore successful strategies to include, promote, and resource migrant artists. In this way we will invite cultural leaders to translate intentions of solidarity into institutional practice.