Performance artist and oral historian Judith Sloan will present Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New Country on Friday, April 24, at 8 pm in the Student Center. The event, part of this spring's Multicultural and Performance Series, is free and open to the public.
Crossing the BLVD is a multimedia project that documents the lives and stories of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, NY, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation. Through her non-profit organization EarSay, Sloan teaches immigrants to transform their stories into art, which "helps them work through experiences that are hard to discuss in any language," according to a recent article in The New York Times.
"Crossing the BLVD is a remarkably beautiful, lovingly put together example of bottom-up journalism," said Amy Goodman, anchor and executive producer of Democracy Now!
The production received the Brendon Gill Prize from the Municipal Arts Society of New York in 2004, and was named the 2003 Innovative Use of Archives Award winner by the Archivist Round Table of New York.