The Museum of Latin American Art will present a one-day exhibition Sunday of art created by migrant children who were housed at an emergency shelter at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The art will be displayed at the Viva Events Center at MOLAA. The museum, 628 Alamitos Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
“These young artists remind us all why it was so important for us to create a safe and welcoming environment for these kids,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “These children have gone through so much hardship. They are smart, creative and their inspiration shines through their beautiful artwork.”
The artwork includes:
— a fashion show featuring dresses made from recycled items;
— the emergency shelter logo, created and voted on by the children;
— posters from a council election in which a 6-year-old was voted council president;
— several 8×11 art pieces depicting time spent at the center; and
— an art piece designed by shelter staff.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services housed more than 1,500 migrant children at the Emergency Intake Shelter at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center between April and July. The shelter housed mostly girls 5 and older for an average of 19 days, until they could be reunited with family or placed with sponsors. The shelter provided space for education, recreation, health care and legal services.
Online reservations and ticket purchases for the exhibition are encouraged, with free admission for MOLAA on Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome and MOLAA members do not need a reservation. Masks are required for all indoor spaces, and extra masks will be provided by the museum. For information about the sculpture garden, call 562-437-1689. More information can be found at molaa.com.
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