August Wilson Cultural Center and City of Asylum present: Hands-On Poster Making Workshop with Artist Lizania Cruz

Art Pittsburgh  Visual Art Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 19, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 PM
City of Asylum’s Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Workshop is Free! RSVP: Click Here to Send an e-mail to with your intent to attend and the size of your party.

As part of the Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities exhibition, Brooklyn-based artist Lizania Cruz will lead a 60-minute workshop which includes a reading of two zines and a hands-on poster making activation from her project We the News. The poster will honor and recreate a new affirmation for immigrants and allies inspired by the 1968 poster “I AM A MAN” hold by Memphis Sanitation Workers in the strike of February 12th 1968. Lizania co-creates spaces of sanctuary through the use of language, personifying the role storytelling play in uniting, empowering, and building community.

About We the News: “In the midst of an era fueled by generalizations and incendiary rhetoric, how do we share immigrant stories in a way that is reflective and representative of their complexity and humanity? Through a series of story circles, immigrants are able to share their diasporic experiences and anecdotes of their rituals and traditions. Each story circle is documented in a zine shared at the We the News newsstand.”

Peju Altise, "Flying Girls"

Courtesy of the artist

Lizania Cruz, "We the News: Newsstand" (Detail)

2018, Photo by Joey Kennedy

For this installation, Lizania Cruz is exploring how crossing geopolitical boundaries has a significant effect on our identities; how we see ourselves and how others see us.

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Martha Jackson Jarvis , "Blue Blood IX"

2017, Courtesy of the artist

Njena Surae Jarvis, "E. GUN GUN" (Detail)

2016, Photo by Joey Kennedy

Shikeith, "Revisions, or standing where the deep waters of everything backed up" (Detail)

2018, Photo by Joey Kennedy

Kevin Snipes, "Girls"

2017, Courtesy of the artist

Vaughn Spann, "I Pray To Die In The Arms Of A Loved One (Death Rattle)"

2018, Photo by Joey Kennedy

Stephen Towns, "Co-patriots"

2014, Courtesy of the artist

Tajh Rust, "Subject VIII (Naomi)"

2018, Courtesy of the artist

Tunde Wey, "MARRIAGE TRUMPS ALL" (Detail)

2018, Courtesy of the artist