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We Are Here: Stories from Multilingual Speakers in North Central Florida

Matheson History Museum-Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Immigrant inclusion requires us to think about languages other than English, and to listen to the stories that people carry through their languages and their cultures. We are Here highlights stories from people who speak multiple languages in North Central Florida. Through visual collages that centralize cultural images, We Are Here illustrates the immigration journeys of our North Central Florida community through stories that hold power in multiple languages. These stories include examples of successes, struggles, hopes, injustices, and dreams of a more inclusive and just community. The goal is to showcase these stories, make visible the language diversity present in our community, and advocate for all of our neighbors’ right to access information in their preferred languages.

Thursday, September 7th

APPARALLEL: Joss Ramirez & Lennie Kesl
A Common Thread

Join us for the closing reception of "Apparallel". The event will feature music, food trucks, live figure drawings, and a fashion show!

In the mezzanine gallery, the streetwear of contemporary clothing maker Joss Ramirez aka last call presented in parallel with the multi-media collage art of the late Gainesville artist Lennie Kesl. Across cultures, generations, and time, the two artists mirror the process of transforming found materials into art. Select works for sale.

Historic Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Thursday, September 14th

Museum Nights

Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32608

Wednesday, September 20th

Early Cuban Exiles: Memories of Loss, Struggle, and Rebirth

Matheson History Museum-Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Friday, October 13th

UF's World Music Festival

Bo Diddley Plaza
111 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

This site is sponsored by the GINI Steering Committee, developed by the RWHP in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Welcoming Week.


Welcoming America


Translations made possible with support from Alachua County government.