“Our Community, Our Stories” to open at Hillsboro Civic Center

Eman Abbas; Photo by Sankar Raman/The Immigrant Story
Brianda Alcazar; Photo by Sankar Raman/The Immigrant Story
Eman Abbas; Photo by Sankar Raman/The Immigrant Story

The City of Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce “Our Community, Our Stories,” an exhibit featuring portraits and personal stories of Hillsboro immigrants and refugees. The exhibition will be on display at the Hillsboro Civic Center beginning January 15 and running through April, with a public reception during First Tuesday Artwalk on February 5, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The Civic Center is located at 150 E. Main Street in downtown Hillsboro, and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Our Community, Our Stories” is organized by The Immigrant Story, a local non-profit organization that documents, narrates, and curates the stories of immigrants, with the aim of building empathy and promoting an inclusive community. The exhibition features the photographic portraits of immigrants and refugees living or working in Hillsboro, displayed alongside their biographic narrative.

The Immigrant Story founder, Sankar Raman, will speak at the February 5 reception about the importance of the growing immigrant and refugee population in Hillsboro, joined by individuals featured in the exhibition. Hillsboro is the most diverse city in Oregon and is home to a growing immigrant population, in part because many immigrants gain employment in Hillsboro’s burgeoning tech sector.

“Through this exhibit, we show how diverse our community is and what we all bring to our community,” says Raman. “These are the folks that make our community thrive. The Immigrant Story is proud to be a platform for all underrepresented voices in our community. Our hope is that this display will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the strength, resilience, and diversity within our community and to celebrate the vibrancy that our new neighbors bring with them to their new home.”