This project will encourage unity and empathy within the American population located on both sides of the immigration debate: the side that recognizes immigration as the origin and fuel of this country and the side that sees immigrants and immigration as threats to the American society.
Finding common ground on this controversial topic will help people understand each other, regardless of what race or at which stage of the immigration journey (new immigrant or the first, second, or third generation) individuals are at the moment. The project will help society recognize and embrace the fact that immigration is precisely the link that binds us all together, that the hopes, reasons, and circumstances that we, our parents, or our great-grandparents considered for moving to this country are intertwined entirely, and that we all are the threads that form the American experience.
Coming to terms with our own immigrant experience will help solidify the self-esteem and identity within our communities and will open a dialogue for a conversation about acceptance among us; in doing so, we will create a better society and a safe space for future generations to engage with this issue.
Total Expenses: $150,000
Artist Fees: $ 25,000
Professional Fees: $ 63,000
Marketing: $ 15,000
Rent and Utilities: $ 20,000
Travel and Transportation: $ 7,500
Administration and Overhead: $ 9,500
Other Expenses: $ 10,000
Chris is a bicultural visual artist, cultural producer, and graphic designer based in New York City. He started his art studies at a very young age at Lima’s Museum of Art (MALI), during his last year of high school, at the age of 16, he won a national painting contest organized by the Peruvian Telephone Company. His painting was used to illustrate the cover of the phone book.Read More