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Can’t-Miss Fall Arts and Culture Events on Immigration and Social Justice 


Recently, The Storytellers Project kicked off its three-city “Here and There” series with unexpected tales from both sides of the border. Robin Reineke told the heartfelt story of the missing migrant who moved her to start Colibrí Center for Human Rights. James Garcia, playwright of 1070, related stories of dreamers, including his immigrant father and former Arizona Governor Raúl Castro. Journalists working on the Arizona Republic’s series The Wall, which debuts September 20, chronicled their experience reporting along the 2,000-mile border.

If you missed the event, look for it soon at The Storytellers Project podcast on iTunes. And mark your calendar for the following Arizona arts and cultural events centered around social justice and immigration. Amidst the current political turmoil, it’s more important than ever to connect with immigrant allies, explore complex issues through thought-provoking art, and heal through the power of culture and community. 


Tickets are selling fast to this provocative play, which tells the story of the governmental ban of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program and the grassroots movement to save these successful classes. Based on real-life interviews with students, teachers, activists and others involved with the issue, the story is emblematic of social justice struggles everywhere. The docu-theatre piece by Milta Ortiz is presented by Performance in the Borderlands, Borderlands Theatre, and Cultural Coalition.

September 21: Talk and reception with with playwright Milta Ortiz at Xico Gallery in Phoenix

September 23: Writing workshop with Milta Ortiz at Palabras Spanish Bookstore in Phoenix. Learn how to craft a theatre piece while working with the community. 

September 23: Play showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets here.


In Transit/En Tránsito
This exhibition at Tucson’s University of Arizona Museum of Art explores resistance, social transformation and art in relation to immigration and human rights politics. It will bring together artists, activists and academics for a series of events and collaborations.           

September 16, 2017 – March 11, 2018
1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson,

La Frontera: Selected Works of Erin Currier
Another exhibit at the U of A Museum of Art, La Frontera ponders the borders people face in pursuit of our shared dream of freedom. For some individuals, that’s the U.S.-Mexico border or its Mediterranean counterpart. For others, it’s the institutionalized borders that construct divisions between races and socioeconomic classes.

September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018
1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson,

Building the Wall
Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan penned this dystopian drama about a near future in which Trump has rounded up and incarcerated millions of immigrants. The plot centers around a historian interviewing the former warden of a private prison who is awaiting sentencing for crimes that happened under his watch. Presented by Borderlands Theater, this riveting play allows us to step outside the turning point in history we’re living through and question how authoritarianism is attacking American values.

September 27 – October 15
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater: 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
Purchase tickets here.

Crossfade LAB presents Carla Morrison and Natalie Diaz
CALA Alliance’s Crossfade Lab co-curator and MacArthur Fellow Josh Kunan moderates an intimate mix of conversation and music with acclaimed Arizona Mojave poet Natalie Diaz and Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican songwriter and musician Carla Morrison. They’ll discuss love, land, traditions and other issues close to their hearts.

October 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Purchase tickets here.

Dia de los Muertos Phoenix Festival
This popular free event returns for the sixth year with hundreds of masked entertainers, music, dance and theater. Artists and celebrants bring modern adaptations to ancient traditions including La Mascarada, the Flight of Quetzalcoatl, and La Llorona. There will also be food, arts booths and children’s activities.

October 29, 1 – 7 p.m. Traditional candlelight procesión at 6:30 p.m.
Steele Indian School Park (3rd St. and Indian School Rd.) in

All Souls Procession Tucson 
More than 150,000 people come together annually to mourn loved ones and celebrate life at this 28-year-old tradition. Participants dress in masks, build altars, create art installations, and march in a two-mile-long procession that culminates in the ceremonial burning of their written hopes and offerings.

November 4-5