California State San Bernardino University hosts the 2nd annual “The Art of Dreaming” exhibit where people performed artistic segments and created art pieces that were auctioned off. Each art piece was made of recycled materials and by students from CSUSB.
This event was held on Friday Nov. 2nd on the third floor of the visual arts building with hundreds in attendance to show their support to the Undocumented Student Success Center.
Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, a professor at the university created this event, which offers a safe artistic space for Latinos struggling with social issues related to being an undocumented immigrant and bringing awareness to the cause.
Many of the art pieces created at this event were auctioned off the following Monday in a silent auction where proceeds went to the Undocumented Student Success Center that helps students succeed in a college atmosphere that do not have the benefits and financial aid that natural born citizens may enjoy.
In an interview during the event, Sonja, whose husband works on campus directly with the undocumented students, said she thinks the event is great and extremely necessary. She participated in the activities after and drew a tree.
What does the tree mean to her?
“We are drawing a tree of life concept because we all have roots and we grow.” said Sonja.
Dr. Conlisk Gallegos always seeks to inspire other and definitely achieved this goal.
“I think it’s great to be able to jump over obstacles and inspire others to achieve their dreams” said attendee Carlos De La Torre.
Another student spoke about the situation undocumented students face, “Its the lack of work and funding from the school...there is hardly any emphasis on art, it’s a struggle for everyone” said David Guzman
The auction raised about $3000 worth of scholarship money for dreamers. All proceeds will go into that scholarship fund and help the students who need it most. This event goes to show that a community can come together as one and make a difference.