Art Inspired by the Book

 

A heartfelt song written by Leonard G. Eckhardt called “If you knock”.


An inspiring music video written and preformed by the band Elena & Los Fulanos for the song “Amor Migrante” that highlights the true story of an immigrant mother in the DC area who hasn’t seen her son in 12 years.

 

This piece was created by student Mallorie Giasson at Sam Houston State University. The tattered shoes are meant to represent the completion of Enrique's journey to reunite with his mother.

This piece was created by student Mallorie Giasson at Sam Houston State University. The tattered shoes are meant to represent the completion of Enrique’s journey to reunite with his mother.

Artwork by Sam Houston State University student meant to represent Enrique’s journey and different views on immigration.

Artwork done by a student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Artwork done by a student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

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Photography work by a student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Photography work by Sam Houston State University student Autumn Dowdy. The piece intends to convey the emotional aspect of abandoned children searching for a future promise of belonging.

Photography work by Sam Houston State University student Autumn Dowdy. The piece intends to convey the emotional aspect of abandoned children searching for a future promise of belonging.

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The University of New Mexico’s 2015-16 Lobo Reading Experience had an entire room dedicated to students’ artistic interpretations of Enrique’s Journey. Featured here are students creating rock poetry.

This University of New Mexico student asked her family for the first time about their history and displayed this impressive family tree at the 2015-16 Lobo Reading Experience.

This University of New Mexico student asked her family for the first time about their history and displayed this impressive family tree at the 2015-16 Lobo Reading Experience.

Music inspired by Enrique's Journey at the University of New Mexico's 2015-16 Lobo Reading Experience.

Music inspired by Enrique’s Journey at the University of New Mexico’s 2015-16 Lobo Reading Experience.

A high school in New Haven, Connecticut hosted a creative writing contest and also asked students to share their responses to Enrique's Journey.

A high school in New Haven, Connecticut hosted a creative writing contest and also asked students to share their responses to Enrique’s Journey.

Student Kevin Nguyen did this illustration for a class at Ventura Community College.

Student Kevin Nguyen did this illustration for a class at Moorpark Community College in CA.

Artist Josue Rojas said Enrique's Journey inspired this mural in San Francisco's famed Balmy Alley.

Artist Josue Rojas said Enrique’s Journey inspired this mural in San Francisco’s famed Balmy Alley.  Here is a link to a San Francisco Chronicle article and video about the artist and his mission.  http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Art-brings-healing-as-the-Mission-fights-9517066.php

Artist Josue Rojas said Enrique's Journey inspired this mural in San Francisco's famed Balmy Alley.The artist’s signature on a mural in San Francisco’s famed Balmy Alley.

Sonia Nazario visiting Josue Rojas' mural in San Francisco's Balmy Alley.Sonia Nazario visiting Josue Rojas’ mural in San Francisco’s Balmy Alley.

Several artists have sent Sonia Nazario paintings inspired by the book. Here is one by North Carolina artist Edwin Gil.

Several artists have sent Sonia Nazario paintings inspired by the book. Here is one by North Carolina artist Edwin Gil.

 

And another by Dayle McKinney

And another by Dayle McKinney

 

In Logan, Utah, high school students were asked to interpret Enrique's Journey artistically. Before a crowd of parents, the students showed off ceramic sculptures and wooden carvings of trains. Others performed poems. Two students played piano concertos inspired by the book. Others sang songs they had written. The pieces were so heartfelt and beautiful that some parents were crying in the audience. The mostly white, Mormon students said the book gave them a much better understanding of the Latino students at their high school. Many of those Latino students had seen their parents deported during a local meatpacking plant raid. Here is one of the wooden carvings a student gave Sonia Nazario after the event.

In Logan, Utah, high school students were asked to interpret Enrique’s Journey artistically. Before a crowd of parents, the students showed off ceramic sculptures and wooden carvings of trains. Others performed poems. Two students played piano concertos inspired by the book. Others sang songs they had written. The pieces were so heartfelt and beautiful that some parents were crying in the audience. The mostly white, Mormon students said the book gave them a much better understanding of the Latino students at their high school. Many of those Latino students had seen their parents deported during a local meatpacking plant raid. Here is one of the wooden carvings a student gave Sonia Nazario after the event.

St. Louis artist Theresa Maria Allen-Koerner is painted a series of pieces inspired by Enrique's Journey. She decided to sell them and give the proceeds to help the migrant shelter run by Olga Sánchez Martínez in Chiapas, Mexico. Here is one of the paintings -- of Olga. Ms. Allen-Koerner sold all these paintings during a theatre production by Su Teatro and Fort Lewis College of Enrique's Journey in Durango, Colorado. She raised $2400 and generously sent this amount to Olga's shelter. You can see all of the paintings at: www.mariaallenkoerner.com

St. Louis artist Theresa Maria Allen-Koerner is painted a series of pieces inspired by Enrique’s Journey. She decided to sell them and give the proceeds to help the migrant shelter run by Olga Sánchez Martínez in Chiapas, Mexico. Here is one of the paintings — of Olga. Ms. Allen-Koerner sold all these paintings during a theatre production by Su Teatro and Fort Lewis College of Enrique’s Journey in Durango, Colorado. She raised $2400 and generously sent this amount to Olga’s shelter. You can see all of the paintings at: www.mariaallenkoerner.com


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