Art in all forms
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Jessica: Missing Her Guatemalan Traditions
Jessica’s journey to the U.S. is one she does not wish upon anyone. “Everything I suffered on the journey from my country to the United States was very heavy.”
Paola Zavala Chairez: Raised in the States
Paola is from Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 1986 when she was five years old. Paola explains, "I consider myself to be an American, but just don't have the documents to prove it."
Patient Nday Ngoy: Having Faith in Yourself
Patient is a democracy rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After numerous politically motivated arrests and beatings and the murder of his mother, Patient and his family fled the DRC in 2016.
Sena Mohammed: Oromo & Proud
Originally from Oromia, Sena, a Black Muslim womxn, is the chief of staff at the Arizona Coalition for Change. Within the last 3 years, Sena has made her mark in Arizona.
Jovana Renteria's Labor of Love
Jovana is Phoenix born and raised. She has been organizing and fighting with her community against the injustices in the immigration and criminal system since 2007.
A Tattoo on Ylenia’s Soul
Ylenia Aguilar Velderrain is proudly from Orizaba, Veracruz, México. Growing up she would spend her summers in Veracruz with her grandmother who is indigenous to the land.
Diana Amé: Healing Through Art
Diana immigrated to the US from Mexico as an infant. She would describe herself as an artist, a daughter of immigrants, “and basically the first person to make a life” in the U.S. from her family. Growing up in a working-class family she was often left alone.
Miros Domenzain: The Migrant Butterfly
Miros Domenzain is a dreamer, not only because she has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) a status awarded to undocumented youth known as Dreamers, but also because she is someone who imagines a just world for her community.
Joe Barron: Moving Forward Through Art
Joe is from Durango, Mexico; he came to the U.S. At nine years old. He has lived in the U.S. for more than 50 years. Growing up he always had an artistic spirit, he loved to spend time drawing and imagining new ideas.
Bertica Garcia Dubus: Finding Beauty in Creation
Bertica was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The beauty of the island was her first inspiration for becoming an artist.
Oliverio Balcells: Immigrating For Love
Oliverio was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is a multimedia artist whose practice includes painting, music, murals, mosaic art, films, and photography, being a teaching artist and a scholar of the ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
Gladis Molina Alt: Living Her Values to Pay it Forward
"Like any human being we are always looking for a way to survive and protect our loved ones, our newborns, our children."
Karla Bautista: Finding Strength in Community
Karla Bautista Chonay is the Liberation Project Coordinator at Trans Queer Pueblo, an autonomous LGBTQ+ migrant community of color in Arizona.
Ahmed Soussi, Loudly and Proudly Libyan-American
"I truly believe in the American vision, where we welcome whoever wants to come here—and bring their identity with them."
Liz Luna, PLAN Board Member, Uplifting the Voices of Mixed Status Families like Hers
“So often decisions are made without the story of us — but our story is POWERFUL, our community's voice is POWERFUL.”
Board President, Erin Scharff, In Her Words
"My commitment to social justice and to immigrant rights is deeply rooted in my own family's stories."
Our Executive Director, Rekha's, Immigration Story
"I stand with my Phoenix community and fight to ensure we are all seen, loved, and valued in America."
For the last fourteen years, Felix has been growing his craft; he creates balloon decorations, altars, and more, primarily for religious celebrations in his Yoruba faith. For him, this creative process is like therapy, he gets absorbed in his designs and forgets about the rest.
Jose was born in Mexico City and raised in the state of Guerrero. Here is where he spent his youth vibing to Mexican rock bands like Caifanes and El Tri. ¡Que Vivan Los Rockeros! (Long live the rockers!)
Iris Flores is a lesbian, mestizo woman, with roots from the Ch'orti Maya people. She was born in a town called Morales, Izabal in the country of Guatemala.
Diego is a Phoenix native with proud Mexican-American heritage. He specializes in graphic design, photography, and digital strategy, expertly combining these skills to create intentional storytelling and branding.
Dusenge is a second-generation refugee, both she and her parents were born in refugee camps in Africa, in Congo and Tanzania, respectively.
Farshid is a man of many talents and interests. He holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in Tehran, Iran, has co-authored four nursing books in his native tongue of Farsi, and is currently working to obtain his nursing license here in Arizona.
Robyn grew up in Arizona from the age of two believing she was American. Only in high school, when she tried to get a social security card and an ID to work, did she learn that she was “illegal.”