My Family Arrived On DART

Conservative talk show hosts like to pretend that “true” Americans just magically appeared on these great lands one day, inhabiting the 50 states via divine providence and transporter technology. It’s a fun little hallucination, but there’s no escaping the fact that we all came here from somewhere else in some way — and whether that was from ancestors on a boat 100 years ago or from parents on foot in 1993, there’s a rich back story behind everyone’s journey. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), 3120 McKinney Ave., partners with Making Art with Purpose (MAP) to celebrate those stories — the ones that trace our history as well as our path to this country — during “Immigrant Nation” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The program consists of short films that chronicle various aspects of immigration, then moves into an interactive format that includes panel discussions hosted by creator and Oscar-winning director Theo Rigby. Following that will be a reception featuring storytelling stations where anyone can share their account of immigration or ancestry, which will then be worked into a mural being created by artist Anthony Weeks. Visit for more.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
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Jennifer Davis-Lamm