'We the Dreamers' opens to public

Painting "You Do Not Belong" by artist Dayann Pazmino. Pazmino is a Texas State DACA student. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELSEY HUCKABY

With the spring of 2018 comes a fresh new exhibit in the Gallery of the Common Experience in the Honors College at Texas State University, this semester's theme: We the Dreamers.

"Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants – many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes.

In addition to works making statements about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, we have also been collecting works about deferred dreams or goals that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues. The collection of work featured for the spring include several works from Ecuadorian-born Texas State student artist Dayann Pazmino. Pazmino is a DACA student impacted by the change.

Another integral component of the show are the photos contributed by Mano Amiga San Marcos, a group that provides support and resources for the immigrant community in Hays County. These images are mostly local protests that the people of San Marcos have performed in support of DACA.

In connection with the "We the Dreamers" reception, KTSW 89.9, Texas State University’s radio station, will also be holding a book drive outside the gallery to receive book donations to be sent to inmates.

Many other student and community artists have also contributed works to the show spanning from paintings and digital work, mixed media and sculpture. The show will be hung from January through May 2018 and will be viewable for the duration of the semester. The reception will be held Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

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