Moving Stories

A Programmatic Grant

Telling the Stories of Immigrants and Their Migrations Through Art and Narratives 

Our work will focus on a fall 2023 small group exhibition that will feature the work of national and local artists whose work represents stories of migration. As part of this event, we will invite a few select artists to St. Louis to conduct community workshops that will help open a dialogue with different members of St. Louis' immigrant communities. These artists will also begin the collection of local migrant narratives, building a repository that will eventually facilitate the building of an app in the later stages of the project.

Timed with the exhibition, we will convene a panel that brings together experts on migration studies from the university and across the region. These events will advance the ultimate goal of creating a "migration hub" within the university and establishing WashU as a regional, and ultimately national, center for migration studies.

Exhibit at The Luminary

Moving Stories in the Making: An Exhibition of Migration Narratives
Exhibit runs February 3 – March 30, 2024
The Luminary: 2701 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

Featured artists include Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Arleene Correa Valencia, Zlatko Ćosić, Mee Jey, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Kiki Salem, Rafael Soldi, and Laurencia Strauss. An experiment in collaborative curating, the exhibition demonstrates how stories can shift entrenched attitudes toward immigration and how art can foster connections between migrants and the communities in which they become a part.

Moving Stories invites all to participate in a slate of free programs associated with the exhibition.

  • Opening reception with a participatory ritual led by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya and remarks from the organizers – The Luminary, 2:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 3 (ritual to commence at 2:30)
  • Mitos y Folclor (Myths and Folklore): Storytelling Workshop facilitated by local arts educators José Garza and Miriam Ruiz – The Luminary, 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 2
  • Rafael Soldi Artist Talk – Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University, noon, Friday, March 22. organized in partnership with the Sam Fox School’s MFA program in Visual Art, the Program in Global Studies, and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

Moving Stories is also excited to promote upcoming events organized concurrently with the exhibition by partners and friends of the project.

Faculty Leads