Mexican-American Government Visits Northern Triangle Exhibition


Francisco Acuna , Reporter

On March 28th, Ms. Martinez’s Mexican-American Government class took an exciting field trip to the University of Arizona’s Art Museum. The main objective of the trip was to experience the Northern Triangle exhibition, but beyond that the field trip still carried more purpose. “The spirit and intent of the exhibit follows themes of our course. This exhibition shines light on injustices. On a whole this field trip was research,” says Ms. Martinez. For those who don’t know, the Northern Triangle is a name given to the three countries in Central America: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This exhibition was led by Texas State University professors Mark Menjivar and Jason Reed. The two professors were inspired to create the exhibition when the New York Times published an article in August 2015 about “The Global Refugee Crisis”. Menjivar and Reed were dismayed when they found no mention of Central America or Latin America in the article at all, simply because of how complex and long the history between the U.S. and Central America is.

The exhibition consists of many artifacts from drawings made by refugee children, news broadcasts, and photos of violence, to Northern Triangle-themed board games. Continuing with the theme of creativity, the exhibition does not have a definite starting point or end point.

“The children’s drawings were incredibly touching. This exhibition was educational, and heart-touching,” says Sahuaro senior Sara Campos. The trip to the exhibition proved to be very enlightening and eye-opening. There are thousands of children refuges who are separated from their families and are managing to survive alone in a foreign land, the exhibit captured the heart of the Central American migration issue.