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Artist Brianna Adia Davis at the exhibit with her two paintings: "I am too expansive to sit in the margins" (2022) and "The women in my lineage are my sacred armor" (2023)

Amplifying Sanctuary Voices: Into the Light

January 2023

In partnership with City College of San Francisco (CCSF), the CCSF Puente Program and CCSF City Dream, ASV launched a multimedia exhibit featuring the history of the Sanctuary Movement in the Bay Area and an introduction to climate migration—positioning climate change as a major driver in the forced migration of peoples throughout the world. 

The exhibit opened on January 24, 2023, with storytelling and a poetry reading, followed by discussions with middle school and college students and is on display in Rosenberg Library’s 2nd floor atrium.

Berkeley Rep mounts exhibit of immigrant stories - Berkeleyside - August 5, 2022

Into the Light: Stories and Lived Experiences of Immigration

Summer 2022

Continuing our partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theater (BRT), ASV helped develop a lobby installation for BRT’s play, Sanctuary City. The exhibit displayed relevant portions of the sanctuary timeline as well as art and video stories from our team members and narrators.  

We Are Sanctuary!

February 2020

In celebration of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s 40th anniversary, ASV partnered with Berkeley Repertory Theater (BRT) to produce a historical storytelling performance, We Are Sanctuary. The performance highlights testimonies of activists from the 1980s, including some of the first Central American refugees to bravely raise their voices, and connects the energy of sanctuary movement elders with the passion of younger generations who are currently part of the EBSC community.

Journeys to Sanctuary

February 2020

An immersive storytelling event focused on stories of asylum seekers in four parts: what caused them to flee their country, their journey to the U.S., seeking asylum, and their dreams for the future. ASV piloted Journeys to Sanctuary in February 2020 with community members and educators and also shared the event at the 2021 Oral History Association Conference.

To request a Journeys to Sanctuary event for your classroom or community group, please email

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