Jersey City Theater will present its first annual Immigration Arts Summit on October 3rd, from 2PM-6PM. The entire day will be filled with talented artists and activists who will share their work, unique perspectives on art, democracy, and the immigrant experience. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect at the first Immigration Arts Summit.
About the Jersey City Theater Center
The Jersey Theater Center was founded in 2006 by Olga Levina, a theater/dance professional, and Ben LoPiccolo, an award-winning real estate developer as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) arts organization. It is meant to spark conversations about the current topics through performing and visual arts that embrace the diversity of Jersey City. The season usually runs from September through June in which the Center will present a range of shows.
On October 3rd, the Jersey Theater Center will have its first-ever Immigration Arts Summit at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall. This in-person event will be in combination with the official opening of its 3rd annual Voices International Theatre Festival.
The Summit will focus on multi-disciplinary performances like dance, film, and poetry, which will all be presented by immigrant artists from Guinea, Mozambique, Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, and Italy.
“The Immigration Arts Summit is a natural extension of Voices International Theatre Festival and a meaningful way to approach our theme of art and democracy,” says Olga Levina, JCTC’s co-founder and artistic director and an immigrant from Belarus. “The Summit celebrates immigration as integral to the DNA of America. Recognizing and giving voice to the experiences of our immigrants not only enriches the arts, but it also benefits our collective community and shared understanding of global issues.”
Throughout the day, artists and community leaders will examine what it means to engage ethically with another person’s history, and how that engagement can be transformative for individuals and society. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers Hope Azeda, a leading figure in contemporary Rwandan theatre, and Joseph Patel, producer of “Summer of Soul.” Representing Jersey City will be musician Ariel Guidry and writers Maiya Katherine and Issa Musharbash, authors of “An Apology to My Demons” and “Go Back to Your Country,” respectively, who will host a book signing.
“Movement Without Borders” will feature global talent, including Tish Lampert, acclaimed American photojournalist of the U.S.-Mexican border; Jersey City poet and performer Jonathan Mendoza; renowned record executive, and art activist Raoul Roach; and Enrique Morones, founder, and director of Gente Unida. In addition, Adelita Husni-Bey, Italian-Libyan artist and researcher, will screen her film, “Chiron,” and Mozambique artists Edivaldo Ernesto and Horacio Macuacua will present a dance performance. Christian Diaz, a Colombian-American artist and Board Chair of UnLocal, a nonprofit providing free legal representation to undocumented immigrants in New York City, will moderate a discussion and Q&A session. Finally, West African musician and activist Natu Camara will close out a day of cultural exchanges.
Tickets for the event are available here.