The Sanctuary Speakers Panel
Tuesday, March 13 | 6-8pm
In conjunction with The Sanctuary Show, a regional, juried exhibition, The Sanctuary Speakers Panel will examine how themes expressed in the show are experienced by people in our community. We will hear from people who have sought political sanctuary as well as from those who maintain resources and community connections that make our region a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees today.
Located at 79 W Market St in Corning, NY, this event is free and open to the public.
Sue Chaffee has been directing the Immigrant Services Programs for Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga since 2009. As the program’s director, she provides legal immigration services and oversees its Refugee Resettlement Program. She received an MA degree in Comparative Sociology/Anthropology from Florida International University where she concentrated her studies on Haitian immigrant women. She was born and raised in Van Etten, NY and has spent over 20 years of her professional career working with immigrants and refugees.
Laura Sanz is an artist from Bogota, Colombia. She received her MFA from Syracuse University in 2015 and currently lives and works in Corning, NY. Her paintings oscillate between figural narrative representations and expressionism and she has also recently begun to explore ceramics in her daily practice. She married her husband, Paul, whom she met in graduate school in Syracuse in September of 2015 and was finally granted Permanent Resident status in February of this year.
Ellen Wohl is a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Elmira, NY. She came to the United States as a refugee at age ten when her Jewish family was fleeing Hitler’s rise in Germany. Ellen will discuss what it was like to come to America as a child, fleeing persecution and war in her home country.
Named to honor the memory of Evelyn Peeler Peacock, the gallery at The ARTS Council serves as a primary venue of artistic and professional growth for emerging artists in the Southern Finger Lakes and features a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year including solo exhibitions, member exhibitions, and regional juried exhibitions. Learn more about Evelyn Peeler Peacock, the inspiration for the gallery.
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
79 West Market Street, Corning, NY 14830