Undocumented day laborers from the Fruitvale area gathered together in partnership with Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and Street Level Health Project to perform songs and dances important to their cultures. A crowd attended these performances for the opening of an art exhibit titled "Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories" on October 6.

New Fruitvale art exhibit features works of undocumented day laborers

on November 5, 2018

A new installation at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Fruitvale opened early in October, which showcases the works of undocumented day laborers from Mexico and Central America now living in Oakland.

The installation is called “Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories,” and it celebrates the lives of immigrant day laborers through art, including quilts and paintings that dramatize their journeys and sacrifices. It is a culmination of a series of workshops the artists were paid to attend, featuring local artists Marion Coleman, Ramon Carrillo and Jeff Norman. The exhibit is a partnership with the nonprofit Street Level Health Project, an organization that provides access to health and employment resources to marginalized people of color, which includes undocumented day laborers.

“I have been running for many years,” said Daniel Alfaro, one of the artists featured in the show, who said he is proud to part of the show and share his art. “At this moment for me, it is a victory.”

“Undocumented Heart” will be on view until January 6.

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