Common Ground on the Border IV &
13th Annual Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair and Concert
January 13–14, 2017
Located at: The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ.
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands has always been a beautiful mix of culture, language, cuisine, economies and people. It has also been a place of struggle, high and low temperatures, a fragile environment and the push and pull of immigration. The borderlands is the perfect place to explore the arts, touch the culture and have deeper conversations about the complicated issues that collide here.
This year we are combining two popular events—Common Ground on the Border and the Border Issues Fair—giving space for people to participate in the entire experience or just parts of it.
On Friday and Saturday afternoons, we will share in the Common Ground on the Border Experience as a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors and dancers, come together to teach and learn from one another. This year we will be offering 14 different music, art, writing and dance classes. You can check out all the class and get a flavor of this event if you go to: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/cgotb-about.html Cost Varies.
On Saturday morning, we will be presenting the 13th annual Border Issues Fair with stimulating national and international scholars and activists sharing their perspectives on our current border and immigration crisis. Speakers will include: Daniel E. Martínez, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, George Washington University; Westy Egmont, creator of Immigrant Integration Lab, Boston College; Margo Cowan, Immigration Attorney for No More Deaths, Tucson Samaritans, and Keep Tucson Together. A $10 donation is requested and attendees are asked to bring belts, warm hats, gloves and jackets for those in the desert.
And, of course, each evening there will be a dynamic concert. Friday, January 13, at 7:00 p.m., will feature Guy Davis, Renaissance man of the blues. Ticket price is $20. And on Saturday, January 14th, 7:00pm the Common Ground Faculty and students will present some of their work.
For additional information, contact Shura Wallin, 520-399-1454, or The Good Shepherd office,