Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. Immigrants do.
Stories of immigrants are part of our contemporary global history. Yet, in the context of mass migration, many voices are lost. By sharing our stories, we are trying to make sure voices of immigrants are preserved.
Tell your story!
Photography courtesy of Ty Wright.
“ On Board(hers) has been a community that I am the most welcomed and the most myself.
My experiences as an immigrant is shared and understood in an open and diverse environment.
It has been a healing process to embody and verbalize my traumas.
Through On Board(hers) I am empowered to speak truth to power and create space and encourage others to do the same.
As a professional dance artist, being involved with On Board(hers) has fueled my passion for movement and has given me a greater purpose for my career in the performing arts. “
“I created On Board(hers) on the idea that I wanted to collect testimonies and gestures that would embody unique experiences of migration. There is a lost set of archives right now because of the mass displacement and because nobody is recording those voices.”
“On Board(hers) opened up a door to reconnect with my immigrant self.
I have lived half of my life in the United States now; I have a family here; I have built my professional career in the US. I have mostly ignored the ways and times in which I felt like an outsider to American culture; I have taken the scrutiny at border crossings and the intense paperwork trail of an immigrant as a given of my life. Connecting with other immigrant women through movement and shared experience has allowed me to reconnect with my immigrant self at a deep tissue level. As a group, our deep connection through knowing (our shared immigrant experience) is also one that sets the stage for fewer language barriers and a more intimate connection through the body. The movements, improvised, spontaneous, and rehearsed, as well as the collaborative nature of our performances are a direct testament of that deep connection and shared experience.”