The Statue of Liberty has welcomed thousands of immigrants into the U.S. for over a century. Now, it also stands in works of art featured in Pleiades Arts that speak to the struggle immigrants to this country still face today.
“DREAMers: DACA, Deportation Defense, and the American Dream” is a visual art exhibit currently on display at Pleiades Arts in Durham. It is a collaboration between the studio, Alerta Migratoria NC and the NC Dream Coalition.
Next to each piece of art is the artist’s statement on the purpose behind the work, or their opinions on the current state of immigration policy. It features over 10 artists from the Triangle, many of whom have been affected by the recent discussion surrounding undocumented immigrants.
Seventy percent of art sales will go toward artists, while 30 percent will go toward the organizations co-hosting the event.
The project idea came about when Renee Leverty and Daniela Hernández Blanco met at an Alerta Migratoria festival last fall. The two began talking about the gallery and soon decided an exhibition was a great way to expose people to DREAMers and the work that Alerta Migratoria and the NC Dream Coalition do for the community of undocumented immigrants in the state.