Marina Hajek's collections Letters from Immigrants to the People of the United States: Let's Head the Other Side of the Story and A Letter from the Artist to Eliborio Rodriguez Jr. are on display on the Y's Art for All Wall through the end of May.

These powerful works of art are made from recycled paper, which Marina turned into pulp and then used to make paper castings. 

Letters from Immigrants to the People of the United States focuses on giving a voice to the immigrant. Participants were invited to write letters about their experiences to the people of the United States. "The people need to hear the other side of the story about immigration and connect with the person behind it," says Marina. "These are their stories they want you to know."

Included in this show is a letter that Marina wrote to Eliborio Rodriguez Jr., who was killed by a police officer in 2019 when he was collecting cans and bottles to help feed his family. Marina listened to the recording from the police officer when he was trying to make the arrist to inform the art.

Next time you're in the Y, take a moment to check out Marina's show and appreciate the stories and faces she's displayed. 

For more information about Marina's art, contact Marina at

Eugene Family YMCA

2055 Patterson St, Eugene, OR 97405

Event Details

Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 10:30am to Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 10:30am