Feature: Justice Through Art

1001 voices image on CUNY School of Law

1001 Voices Art Exhibition <pdf>

Written by Judith Sloan, visualized by Warren Lehrer | Inspired by Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus

The large scale window installation is part of the Sorensen Center’s recently launched Justice Through Art Initiative, a collaboration between CUNY Law’s community and artists in an effort to bring new perspectives and depth to social justice issues.

In the face of DACA revocation and ongoing attacks on immigrants, the 1001 Voices exhibition celebrates CUNY Law’s commitment to support and protect immigrants through clinics, community partnerships, scholarship, student groups, and work of alumni.

The launch event featured Cesar Vargas, New York’s first undocumented lawyer; the artists; Professor Nermeen Arastu, and a performance of the 1001 Voices Anthem with music composed by Grammy Award winner Frank London, performed by the choir from Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.

At this crucial moment in our country — and as our CUNY Law community steps up to act boldly for justice and freedom — the 1001 Voices installation aptly conveys a hopeful message from our community and to our community.