DACA Outdoor Art Project Underway
IU South Bend is using an outdoor video projection display this week to show support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students as the deadline for federal legislation approaches. 250 individual portraits taken during the Inside Out DACA Dreamers Outdoor Art Project on campus last November are being projected on an outside wall at the entrance to Wiekamp Hall.
IU South Bend was one of 35 locations in the Unites States to host the Inside Out DACA/Dreamers Outdoor Art Project by the Artist JR and sponsored by the Emerson Collective. Hundreds of students and community members visited the campus to have their photos taken and displayed in support of DACA students. By day’s end, sixty photos had been posted on an exterior wall in the parking lot on Esther Street. IU South Bend Chancellor Terry Allison was the first person to have his photo taken and displayed.
The new outdoor display that is underway projects the portraits on the Wiekamp Hall entrance wall which will be visible overnight through Thursday. A video of the portraits will also be shown in the University Grill Wednesday through Friday. On March 5 the projection display concludes with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. in the University Grill on the first floor of the Administration Building. At the reception, community members can retrieve their portraits and carry their message of solidarity and support for DACA students back to their communities.
As the March 5 deadline approaches, the future of DACA/Dreamer students remains in limbo. The DACA program protected young unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the United States. Approximately 800,000 individuals are enrolled in the program which was established by the Obama Administration in 2012. Last September the Trump administration announced that it was ending the DACA program and Congress would need to pass legislation to re-instate it by March 5, 2018.
The outdoor display is sponsored by the IU South Bend Latino Student Union.