Festival for immigrant, refugee youth art

June 10, 2011

The Walters Art Museum will hold their fourth annual “International Family Day” on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. to celebrate the artistic and an academic achievements made by immigrant students in the Refugee Youth Project’s (RYP) and Education Based Latino Outreach after-school arts programs in Baltimore. This past year, guest artists from AmeriCorps provided academic support through arts activities such as monthly trips to the Walters museum and English vocabulary lessons through image recognition exercises in art.

Saturday’s event is intended to provide a platform for students to tell their family stories through art and raise awareness abo

ut Baltimore’s growing diversity, according to Lindsey Anderson, Walter’s Community Outreach Coordinator. The day kicks off with an interactive paint mural project called “Panoramic Neighborhood Prints,” where all attendees are encouraged to stencil in and paint distinctive characteristics that define Baltimore neighborhoods. Other activities include an RYP talent show, a photography exhibit “Dear Baltimore,” by Patterson High School Students and a screening of “On One Field,” a documentary by Mauricio Osirio. The film captures the ties built between Baltimore refugees and immigrant families through a mutual love of soccer.

“International Family Day” is free and open to the public from 12-3 p.m. at The Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium. The Walters is located near MTA bus lines (Nos. 3, 11, 31, 61, and 64) and the Centre Street Light Rail stop. Street parking is free in Mt. Vernon on Sundays.

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