Akron Soul Train is an artist residency program connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines to foster a more vibrant downtown Akron.

Now showing at the Akron Soul Train Gallery

The Suitcase Project

Through the lens of immigration and migration, this project examines the condensed universe of the luggage, along with replicating presentation and engagement on the topic of immigration. The Suitcase Project recasts the narrative of immigrants in Cleveland communities using their own voice and vision. We asked participants to create an innovative project that considers the content of the luggage as a study in cultural self-portraiture.


Through an open call, nine participants from immigrant families (up to two generations removed) were chosen to create suitcases of meaningful artifacts from their home countries and new artwork as part of a traveling exhibition.

Opening Reception Open House for both shows is

Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th from 11-7pm


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