Retracing A Family’s Roots

An Arts Everywhere Innovation Grant helped fund an immigration documentary project

Alex M. Sanchez

An Arts Everywhere Innovation Grant helped fund an immigration documentary project

As a journalist and a graduate student at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Park Fellow Alex M. Sanchez is sharing her family’s story in a documentary that she hopes will further the discussion of how the stories of immigrants and refugees are told. The project is one of three that received a Student Arts Innovation Grant, an annual Arts Everywhere award of $1,000 for select undergraduate and graduate students, or $3,000 for a group.

For Sanchez, that award means being able to obtain better equipment, fund travel to complete her interviews and host a screening once the documentary is complete. The project is something Sanchez has contemplated doing for a long time, and with the combination of the Students Arts Innovation Grant and mentorship through her courses at the Hussman School, she’s now able to bring it to life.

“Our country is made up of immigrants, and we’re all from different places,” said Sanchez. “The more that these types of stories are told, the more that it is normalized. The more stories that are told, the more understanding.”

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