Event Celebrates Mexican, Central American Cultures

Event Celebrates Mexican, Central American Cultures

May 28, 2019

The International Quilt Museum will celebrate the art and culture of Mexican and Central American cultures with activities and a musical performance during its June 7 First Friday from 4-7 p.m. 

Crafts will be offered from 4:30-6 p.m. with a performance by Orgullo Latino Dancers at 6:15 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Los Desconocidos/ The Unknowns,” which is on display at the museum through June 27.

The exhibition features pieces created by the Migrant Quilt Project. The Migrant Quilt Project is a grassroots collaboration of artists, quiltmakers and activists raising awareness of the migrants who die each year on along the Tucson Sector of Arizona through quilts. 

Inspired by The NAMES Project AIDS MEMORIAL Quilt and other consciousness-raising installations, the Migrant Quilt Project seeks to humanize the more than 2,700 migrants who have died in the Sonoran Desert. 

Beginning with October 2000—when the federal fiscal year begins—the makers create a quilt to represent those who died each year since. The works incorporate various materials, including discarded migrant clothing found in the desert, as well as personal items and iconography representative of life on both sides of the border. 

In some cases, the deceased are named on the quilts. In others, when remains cannot be identified, they are labeled “unknown” or desconocido/desconocida in Spanish. 

The IQM will also honor immigrants and former refugees living in Nebraska who will share their stories on June 20 at 5:30 p.m