San Bernardino, Calif.-- Following the artist workshop which took place in the Winter quarter, The Art Of Dreaming Gala and auction demonstrated the support the community support for local CSUSB Dreamers.
The Coyote Pack’s (TCP) previous event included artists composing over dozens of art pieces, focusing on the topic of being a “Dreamer” or undocumented person. These same art pieces were up for auction to help raise money for the undocumented students of Cal State San Bernardino.
During the month of April, students were given a canvas and materials to create their pieces that were soon to be displayed at the event.
TCP held the art pieces at the Garcia Center for the Arts on May 22nd through the start of June. The room was filled to the brim with art pieces beautifully accented by colorful yellow backgrounds.
On June 3, The Coyote Pack opened its doors at the Garcia Center for the Arts for the Art of Dreaming Art Exhibition. The Art showcased art from various artists of the university and the San Bernardino community. The first annual invitation- only fundraiser to benefit the Dreamers of Cal State San Bernardino and a reception for an emergency funding account for the upcoming years.
The Gala became a launch exhibition, where artists, designers, and supportive community members turned out in full force. If art is an expression of life, the exhibition of paintings and sculptures on June 3, 2017 in the Garcia center of Arts gave plenty of knowledgeable insights into the minds and lives of students at CSUSB.
The exhibition was a motion and movement of Liliana Gallegos, founder of Rainbow Journalism at Cal State San Bernardino University, and was organized almost single-handedly by her, with generous help by her students. Collective art was displayed for the community to take part in the silent auction. Taking in proceeds for an Emergency fund for Dreamers of the University.
Guests were taken on a visual tour on their way to the musical performance. The community witnessed the culture. The main part of the Gala allowed guests to relax, have fun, and join a movement.
Angelica Mondragon her partner Ricardo were among the many to bid on art pieces at the Gala Event. Angelica, born and raised in San Bernardino, decided to support and collaborate with others for the cause.
Ricardo, undocumented himself, attended the Gala in order to support and give back with time, presence, and finance. As an alumni of UCLA , he is starting his own group based around Dreamers.
"Expectations were at an all time high," stated Mondragon. “In term of turnout and support of the greater community they saw all walks of life of different background and ethnicity."
The artwork brought back a nostalgic, humbling, and honest feel to the exhibition, says Mondragon. The art that the couple purchased was ceramic piece that displayed two skeletons with “nostalgic colors” reminding her of home.
The other art piece that she bid on was a framework that displayed an old lady with glasses, that piece reminded her of her own grandma. Let alone with the creative artwork, Angelica was left impressed with the specification and the effect the art had on her.
Another patron named Anica Moreno Gonzalez was left surprised by the experience, the environment, and “the vibes set off by the exhibition”. She found that the exhibition’s atmosphere was so supportive and welcoming.
It was social media that brought her to the event. As an undocumented student herself, she was once at Cal State San Bernardino without an organization such as the Dreamers foundation.
This inspired her to help create the Dream Center; expanding it to the staff and faculty seeing the concept continue to grow and develop.
Anica writes with the support of Professor Gallegos. Anica, a general supporter of Gallegos work, will be developing a blog addressing the Gala Event and other subtopics in the future including social, intrapersonal, and ecology posts.
Looking at the art, Anica first thought was, “The Outlet.”
“Having an outlet for these individuals to speak up, share emotions, and share their story,” Anica Stated.
The message she conveys to the community is to have access to a greater population, evaluating an individual's aspirations, dreams, and perspectives.
All the money from the auction went towards the fund towards Dream Act students.
As a campus, Cal State San Bernardino celebrates diversity. Undocumented issues are an often overlooked intersection when it comes to activism, but this Gala helped bring much needed awareness and funds to the cause.
In a time where leaders spew hateful and uninformed disparities at immigrants, this event is needed now more than ever. By raising awareness, The Art Of Dreaming is ushering tangible change and assistance to the undocumented.