Centennial Museum in the News
(CNN)There is a legend in Guatemala that the quetzal, the national bird, will die of sorrow if it's put in a cage.
When teens detained at Tornillo, a tent shelter for migrant children in Texas that closed following safety concerns, were asked to make artwork to remind them of their home communities, one drew the Guatemalan bird -- a symbol of yearning for freedom and a reminder of a time before confinement.
The quetzal cannot be caged, the child told teachers working at Tornillo.
That drawing and other artwork made by migrant teenagers detained at Tornillo have inspired an "Uncaged Art" exhibit at the Centennial Museum of the University Texas at El Paso (UTEP).... Read more
The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will host an exhibit showcasing art created by teenagers from various Central and South American countries who were held in a secured tent city in Tornillo, a small town of about 1,600 people about 40 miles southeast of El Paso... Read more
EL PASO — The young migrants often arrived at night. They were teenagers from Central and South America, brought by border agents to the Tornillo Detention Facility and led to rows of metal bunk beds in military tents ringed by barbed wire. Human touch, even a simple hug, was rare inside this secured temporary city, where nearly 3,000 unaccompanied minors at a time were confined between June 2018 and January 2019.... Read more