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Art, Migration, and Public Space: An Evening with the 2019 Soros Arts Fellows

  • When
  • May 28, 2019
    2:00–8:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Rashida Bumbray, Firelei Báez, Tania El Khoury, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Nontsikelelo Mutiti

What role can art play in broadening perceptions about migration? How can working at the intersection of migration, public space, and the arts drive change? Firelei Baez, Tania El Khoury, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Nontsikelelo Mutiti are some of the visionary artists and cultural producers in the 2019 Soros Arts Fellowship, whose projects tackle these questions in creative and illuminating ways. 

The evening will open with a reception to celebrate the launch of the 2019 cohort. Baez, El Khoury, Maravilla, and Mutiti will then present their work, followed by a conversation that engages the diverse artistic approaches to migration and public space in their practices—from pathways of community building through healing and storytelling to the exploration and recovery of diasporic practices and historical narratives.

Now in its second year, the Soros Arts Fellowship builds on the Open Society Foundations and its founder George Soros’s long-term commitment to supporting arts and culture in both closing and opening societies. More about the 2019 Soros Arts Fellows and their projects can be seen here.


  • Rashida Bumbray


    Rashida Bumbray is the senior program manager of the Open Society Arts Exchange.

  • Firelei Báez


    Firelei Báez is a painter and sculptor whose work negotiates identity and subjectivity in relationship to cultural and regional histories.

  • Tania El Khoury


    Tania El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and the ethical and political potential of such encounters.

  • Guadalupe Maravilla


    Guadalupe Maravilla is an artist and educator who creates performances, sculptures, and drawings that blend ancestry, personal mythology, and autobiography.

  • Nontsikelelo Mutiti


    Nontsikelelo Mutiti is an artist, designer, and educator invested in elevating the work and practices of Black peoples’ past, present, and future.

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