El Paso, Texas

Host Community: 

During this year’s border awareness trip, VISION will be partnering with Annunciation house as well as local artists to explore the issue of immigration and the power of art for social change. Since 1976 Annunciation house has been dedicated to, a spirit of service and solidarity, in which they accompany the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.  

Justice Issues: 

During our time with Annunciation house we will have the opportunity to, explore different perspectives and put a face on the immigrant, the factory worker, the immigration lawyer, the refugee, and the Border Patrol Agent, work alongside this proud culture and learn what it means to be an immigrant in this country. Additionally, we will work on a service project for the center. For the second half of the trip, we are partnering with a VISION leader alumna Kathleen Decker and her husband Jesus Simm who live in El Paso. Jesus is a local artist who, with the community in El Paso, has explored the power of art for social change. During our time with the two of them, we will be involved in more hands-on service and envision the ways that we can act upon the knowledge we’ve gained during our time with Annunciation house, by using creative means. 

Cultural Opportunities: 

Students will have the opportunity to learn different art styles and work with professional artists. Spanish is also spoken as a first or second language for a lot of the people we will meet and work with.  

Food, Lodging, Travel: 

We will be flying to El Paso, Texas. We will be staying at the annunciation house in El Paso, TX. Annunciation house will provide food.  


Activities May Include: 

  • Visiting a detention center 

  • Sitting in on a immigration hearing 

  • Creating a mural  

  • Meeting with artists on the border