Soul Asylum: Events & Programming

January 22, 5–8 pm - Opening Reception for Soul Asylum

Mondays, 1-4 pm & Saturdays 2-4 pm – 34,000 Pillows Workshop

Join collaborative artists, Diaz Lewis, every Monday and Saturday throughout the duration of the exhibition for a pillow sewing workshop in the back galleries. The artists will construct thousands of pillows made with the donated clothing of undocumented immigrants in an effort to work with the public to materialize the human impact of the US Congress imposed bed mandate for Immigration and Custom Enforcement. (Please call to confirm times in advance)


February 4, 12-1:30 pm – From Aleppo to Chicago: Syrian Refugees and the Search for Peace

Join Human Rights Watch Refugee Program Director Bill Frelick, Chicago-area Syrian activist Suzanne Sahloul, and Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights Executive Director Lawrence Benito as they discuss the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian refugees on multiple international and national front lines.


February 17, 5:30-7 pm – Locked Up in the Land of the Free: Exposing US Detention Centers

Join on-the-ground Human Rights Watch US Program Researcher Grace Meng and Chicago-area immigration activists and artists as they discuss their interdisciplinary work to document and reform harsh, outdated and ineffective detention and deportation policies.


March 4, 6:30-8 pm – BORDER LAND

Albany Park Theater Project’s youth ensemble brings the gallery to life with site-responsive performances of real-life stories from Chicago’s immigrant justice movement. Adapted from APTP’s critically acclaimed play Home/Land, this unique performance wields stories of resilience in the face of the detention and deportation system.


March 5, 1-4 pm – Amplify: Youth for Immigration Justice Open House

All are welcome for an afternoon of intergenerational activism as we gather to amplify our voices and celebrate diverse strategies for change. Join Human Rights Watch, local immigration reform activists and organizations for a robust program of discussion, networking and art making as we highlight the challenges facing immigrant youth and their allies as they fight for justice. Human Rights Watch US Program researcher Clara Long and Dream9 activist Lulu Martinez will speak about their work, along with representatives from the National Immigration Justice Center and the Fearless Undocumented Alliance. Throughout the afternoon, everyone is invited to create pillows as part of Diaz Lewis' 34,000 Pillows project.


March 22, 12-1:30 pm – Immigration Law Symposium

Featuring Human Rights Watch US Program Director Alison Parker and Pozen Family Center of Human Rights Executive Director Susan Gzesh, a panel of immigration law specialists will consider implications of current immigration law. Presented in partnership with NextPoint Litigation Support Software and Service. CLE credit available ($25 registration fee for those seeking CLE credit; free and open to the public).


March 24, 6:30-8:30 pm – The Distance Traveled: an Albany Park Theater Project Fundraiser

Discover “one of the true theatrical treasures of Chicago” (Chicago Sun-Times): Albany Park Theater Project’s “sublimely gifted" youth ensemble animates the gallery with "Border Land," a performance installation inspired by real-life stories of resilience and resistance from Chicago’s immigrant justice movement, A cocktail reception follows to learn more about APTP’s art, social justice and youth development work both on and off stage.

Please RSVP to Ligia Herrera either by email ( or phone (773.866.0875).