The Art of Asylum at the Monastery Exhibit Opening This Week

Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik invites you to attend the opening reception of The Art of Asylum at the Monastery, Friday, July 12, 6-8 p.m., at the Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St. A former sewing room in the monastery once used by the Benedictine Sisters to cut cloth for their habits was converted into an arts and activities classroom to provide a clean, orderly, light-filled space for children and adults to experience a temporary respite, create art, and study English.

Since opening in 2014, Casa Alitas observed that refugee guests would use whatever was available, scraps of paper, pencils, and crayons to draw. All of the walls at the small shelter became covered with spontaneous art that expressed gratitude and hope for a safe and secure future in their new country. Some of that art from the Benedictine Monastery will be on display at the Ward 6 Office from July 12 through Aug. 31.