Illustrated Dreams: An Artistic Look at the Dream Act at Alwun House

Categories: Visual Art
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Provided by Carla Chavarria
Carla Chavarria​'s passionate about making a change for undocumented immigrant students living in America -- mostly because she is one.

The local artist says she hopes her latest visual project, "I Dream" -- part of an ongoing "Illustrated Dreams" exhibition at Alwun House -- will explore the true face (and faces) of illegal immigration in the United States.

For First Friday in August, Chavarria will hang 20 prints at Alwun House, which feature images and names of supporters of the national Dream Act proposal, each painted with the American Flag. 

"These students and supporters are extremely brave by putting their faces and names out there for everyone to see," says Chavarria. "But it's an essential part of the movement."



"I decided that having the American flag on the people would be significant and especially painted on them because, to me, it symbolizes that it's in their skin to be an American," she says.

The Dream Act has been a discussion in Congress annually. Chivarria says advocates are drawn to the Dream Act proposal because of one big promise: permanent residency for undocumented immigrant students who arrived illegally as minors.

Alwun House's Kim Moody says the gallery chose to showcase the exhibition, put together by members of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition because it's a return to their "roots" -- "a personal display of on-the-line art that's crying out for compassion."

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Provided by Carla Chavvaria
"I Dream" artist Carla Chavarria paints an American flag on the arm of a Dream Act supporter.
"We are just like everyone else. We have two eyes, a nose and a mouth. And once people see a face of a person and read their story, it's harder to call them an alien or pest in society," she says.

Chavarria says "I Dream" is more than just an art exhibition -- it's part of a campaign for rights. 

And while idea for the artwork was stuck in Chavarria's mind for a few years, her biggest motivation to showcase the series came when the the Dream Act faltered in Congress last December where it remains stalled. 

Chavarria says she hopes the local campaign will spread to a national level and will hopefully get the attention of celebrities who will have an outlet to speak out on immigration policy.

According to Moody, the show offers a rare chance to meet those who are silent about being undocumented, and says he hopes people walk away from the exhibit "with an energized, overt support for passage of the Dream Act, and act on it."

Alwun House, located at 1204 E. Roosevelt St., will host the show, which begins at 6 p.m. on August 4 with a $10 entrance fee. R.S.V.P. ahead of time at 480.406.4233 or idreamcampaign@gmail.com.
   



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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Carmen Cornejo
Carmen Cornejo

I love when art is used to promote social change and shows and the real sentiment of the community !We DREAM Act advocates are so excited on the upcoming exhibition and the ripple effect it will certainly create.  More power to the young American professionals and students who are behind this effort!!!

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