The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization in California, presents Immi’Art 2023, the sixth annual art and culture exhibition of visual and performing artists with immigrant heritage.
Opening reception is on Friday, July 21, at 6 p.m. at Studio-MLA located on 251 S. Mission Road in Los Angeles. The show is open all day on Saturday, July 22.
More than 35 artists will participate in this year’s exhibit. Included are Mexican, Chicano, Angeleno, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Oaxacan, Mexican-Swiss and Puerto Rican-Ecuadoran artists, as well as young talents, cancer survivors, long-term labor and immigrant rights advocates, self-taught muralists and members of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Original artwork will be for sale during the exhibit and a portion of the sales will support CHIRLA’s Immigrant Welcome and Empowerment Center.
A sample of the artists exhibiting their work on Immi’Art 2023 includes:
— Maricruz Sibaja, a painter who migrated to the US from Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. Her mother and siblings are also artists, which inspired her to learn more about art. “Women and the Zapotec culture are my inspiration,” she says. “There are countless examples of art and handcraft creations around me, and women have always represented art to me.”
— Hector Vaca Cruz, a photographer of Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican descent, born in New York. His motto is “open your mouth if you want to be heard.” His work is inspired by his father and mother.
The event is free of charge but registration for the opening reception is required. To register, go to https://chirla.tfaforms.net/f/ImmiArtDay1.