The Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) announced the inaugural Immigration Arts Summit on Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City (337 Newark Ave.).
The in-person event marks the official opening of the 3rd JCTC Voices International Theater Festival. The Summit centers on a multidisciplinary performance – mixing dance, film and poetry – presented by immigrant artists from Guinea, Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, the United States and Italy.
“The Immigration Arts Summit is a natural extension of the Voices International Theater Festival and a meaningful way to address our theme of art and democracy,” says Olga Levina, JCTC Co-Founder and Artistic Director and Immigrant from Belarus. “The Summit celebrates immigration as an integral part of America’s DNA. Recognizing and giving voice to the experiences of our immigrants not only enriches the arts, but it also benefits our collective community and our shared understanding of global issues.
Throughout the afternoon, artists and community leaders will examine what it means to engage ethically in another person’s story and how that engagement can be transformative for individuals and society.
Participants will hear keynote speakers Hope Azeda, a leading figure in contemporary Rwandan theater, and Joseph Patel, producer of “Summer of Soul”. Musician Ariel Guidry and writers Maiya Katherine and Issa Musharbash, authors of “An Apology to My Demons” and “Go Back to Your Country,” respectively, will represent Jersey City, who will host a book signing.
“Movement Without Borders” will feature global talent including Tish Lampert, acclaimed American photojournalist from the US-Mexico border, Jersey City poet and performer Jonathan Mendoza, acclaimed record maker and artistic activist Raoul Roach, and Enrique Morones , founder and director of Gente Unida.
In addition, Adelita Husni-Bey, artist and Italian-Libyan researcher, will screen her film “Chiron”. Christhian Diaz, a Colombian-American artist and Chairman of the Board of UnLocal, a non-profit organization providing free legal representation to undocumented migrants in New York City, will host a discussion and question-and-answer session. Finally, the West African musician and activist Natu Camara will close a day of cultural exchanges.
This event is made possible by many supporters, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs / Tourism Development, Hudson County, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, the Hudson County Board of Directors of Selected Free Owners; the City of Jersey City, Jersey City City Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs. Festival sponsors include PNC Bank, Mastercard, LeFrak, Barcade and Shuster Group.
Tickets ($ 20) are available here: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Immigration-Arts-Summit/439700.
About the Jersey City Theater Center
Founded in 2006, the Jersey City Theater Center is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization committed to inspiring conversations on important issues of our time through the arts. For more information visit https://jctcenter.org or contact (201) 795-5386.