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We The People First Friday “Acts of Welcome”

May 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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In partnership with Church World Service and the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program, the Arts at Millersville University’s annual celebration of the artistry of Lancaster’s refugee and immigrant community.  

On Stage: “Acts of Welcome”
6:30 P.M. 
The performance in Steinman Hall will commence with a special appearance by the St. James Episcopal Church Choir in a musical tribute to Ukraine, followed by traditional song and dance spanning the globe plus spoken-word pieces about the refugee/immigrant experience by the following.  Contributors include Anna Grutman (Ukraine), Joel Makeci (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Ever Sandoval (Peru), Aashika Adhikari & Aayusha Chapagai (Nepal), Sami Subedi (Nepal), Apsara Uprety (Nepal), Amer Al Fayadh (Iraq), Ahmed Ahmed (Chad).

In Regitz Gallery: “Undercover Artists Uncovered” curated by Kristin Hill 
Opening Reception | 6-8 P.M. 
On display May 6 through 27  
Looking in our community beyond gallery walls, we discover artists of great talent and dedication,  Undercover Artists Uncovered.  

In the Lyet Lobby: Claudia Rojas –  “Mementos y derivas”
Opening Reception | 6-8 P.M. 
On display May 6 through 27  

Cuban-born artist, Claudia Rojas, uses different pieces and techniques to reflect on the drifting perceptions that build our sense of identity. A life she no longer sees outside of memories —after leaving it behind on the island—, new and old labels that facilitate and restrict how she is perceived, a vagabond sense of belonging and thinking in English instead of feeling in Spanish; these are all part of what it means to be ___. Much as the title itself, “Mementos y derivas” is at the same time Cuban, American, Spanish, English and everything in between, with multiple definitions
depending on the context used to derive meaning; all of its parts true, but never the whole story.


May 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Ware Center – Millersville University
42 N. Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603 United States
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