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"The Border Crossed Us" is a phrase that detaches "nationality" from "belonging". In this workshop participants will be asked to consider the immigrant journey and create a passport that re-imagines the notion of identity when it is not tied to nationality. How can identity be designated in ways that recognize our humanity and in which the nation of origin is not a barrier to immigration?

Working in a group, participants can also work together to create a large group painting that challenges the labels that dehumanize detained immigrant children. Through the use of text and images they will reference the phrase "I Am a Child" to make a painting that reclaims and expresses the humanity of children that have been separated from their families.

This is the first in our new series, Just Arts Cafe. To participate in this event, please email Reverend Amanda by September 22.

About the Presenter:
Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican American Visual Artist raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture and The New York Studio School. Exhibitions include: El Museo del Barrio, PS1 contemporary Art Center, Boston College, The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYPL and 5 Myles Gallery. She is a recipient of a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship and The Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her project "The Women of April" will be exhibited at CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College, Spring 2020.

Bernard is an Ignatian Spiritual Director and a long time practitioner of zazen meditation. She is a 2019 graduate of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation where she studied with James Finley, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr. Learn more: https://www.lourdesbernard.com/

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