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Papalote Project gives voice to the children of deported immigrants.

Charlotte, North Carolina November 6, 2012  — Levine Museum of the New South (200 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202) today announced an exhibit by local Mexican artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner highlighting the stories of Charlotte children who have been impacted by the deportation of one of their parents.  The exhibit, titled El Papalote Mágico (The Magic Kite), features handmade kites created by these children and is on display at Levine Museum through February 3, 2013.  Presented in conjunction with the museum’s Latino New South project,  El Papalote Mágico has already sparked interest and feedback from visitors.  One recent museum visitor expressed, “We are grateful that Levine Museum has exhibits like The Magic Kite that gives us a voice and a presence in the Charlotte community.”

An estimated 129,000 people were placed in detention proceedings during 2012, many of them through the efforts of local law-enforcement agencies that partner with the Department of Homeland Security. For each person detained in immigration actions, an estimated additional 3.5 people are directly affected. Those affected are mothers, fathers, children and spouses. Immigration proceedings have thus disrupted an estimated 451,500 lives in the U.S so far this year. “As both a Mexican immigrant and an artist, I feel that it is very important to document this moment in the social history of America with my art” said Rosalia Torres-Weiner.

The purpose of this project is to help the children affected by the deportation of one of their parents deal with the emotional trauma caused by the separation.  “My primary focus is providing a fun and comfortable environment where they can express those emotions through their individual creative skills (painting, drawing, and collage.).”  As a tribute to the deported relative, The kites incorporate a remnant of clothing that they left behind.  The concept of the art installation is to simulate the kites in flight conveying that by attaching their emotions to the kites, they are released, and the children can begin to heal within a caring community.  “My hope is that the children and families affected by deportation are given a voice to express their stories.  I also hope that through the Papalote Project, I can raise awareness in our community about the tragic impact that our immigration policies are having on people,  and hopefully move the public to political action to resolve this crisis” said Torres-Weiner.

The workshop was facilitated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Additional information about the ongoing efforts of the project is available at the project website,

About Rosalia Torres-Weiner:

Rosalia Torres-Weiner is a local artist ( and the founder of Project Art Aid (, a community arts organization that works in partnership with local and global charities in fundraising, and with local artists and arts organizations in the pursuit of artistic endeavors.


Rosalia Weiner Ashley S. Thurmond

Artist, Muralist VP, Marketing & Communications, Levine Museum of the New 704-968-612 South

704-333-1887 ext. 242

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