Irina Lee Brings ‘First Person American’ to Queens

October 18, 2012

On Sunday, October 21 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at The Queens Museum of Art, SVA alumnus Irina Lee (MFA Design 2010) will be screening nine short films as part of a program called What’s Your Story? Corona Plaza Welcoming Stories, which was born out of her First Person American thesis project at SVA. First Person American aims to change the public’s perception of immigrants and to interject a new voice through deep and poignant portraits of people who immigrated to America.

What’s Your Story? Corona Plaza Welcoming Stories allowed Lee to collaborate with Facing History and Ourselves’ Julie Mann, who leads the Human Rights class at Newcomers High School, to create a showcase of student-produced films that explore personal

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accounts of moving to America. The event will include a potluck style “welcoming dinner” for local residents to meet others in the community as well as a chance for attendees to get resources and record their own Welcoming Story.

The Queens Museum of Art is located at Corona Plaza, Roosevelt Avenue between National and 104th Street, Corona, Queens. For more information, visit First Person American.

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