Outside the Lines – The Barquitos de Papel Collective Archive

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October 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with special guest artist Muriel Hasbun

barquitos de papel/ paper boats, installation view, American University Museum, Washington, DC, 2008.

Artist and educator Muriel Hasbun will lead a family history workshop. Participants are invited to bring copies of documents and family photos to add their stories to the barquitos de papel collective archive. Hasbun has been gathering migration stories from all over the world since 2006 and invites you to contribute a paper boat with your story as well. In the workshop, we are encouraged to remember, to (re)discover and to claim our individual stories, inscribing them in a communal space. Our barquitos stand on their own as documents of our diverse journeys. They highlight our individuality while gesturing that together, we may find our belonging.

Click here to download the Barquitos de Papel questionnaire and family tree graphic.


  • Photocopies of family photographs, documentation, birth certificates, family trees
  • If possible, please print out the questionnaire and/or family tree graphic provided

Suggested Donation: $15

La artista y docente Muriel Hasbun facilitará un taller sobre historia de familia. Los participantes están invitados a traer copias de fotografías y documentos de familia para añadir sus historias al archivo colectivo de barquitos de papel. Hasbun ha estado reuniendo historias de familia de todo el mundo desde el 2006 y les invita a contribuir con su barquito también. En el taller, recordamos, (re)descubrimos y reclamamos nuestras historias personales, y las inscribimos en el espacio comunitario. Nuestros barquitos documentan nuestros viajes diversos. Destacan nuestra individualidad al mismo tiempo que nos demuestran que juntos podremos encontrar nuestro sentido de pertenencia.

Haga clic aquí para descargar el cuestionario de Barquitos de Papel y el gráfico del árbol genealógico.


  • Fotocopias de fotografías familiares, documentación, certificados de nacimiento, árboles genealógicos
  • Si es posible, imprima el cuestionario y / o el gráfico del árbol genealógico proporcionado

Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • October 28 (Barquitos de Papel Collective Archive)
  • November 4 & 18
  • December 2 & 16

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Muriel Hasbun

Muriel Hasbun, artist and educator, founder of Laberinto Projects, explores identity and memory through her work. Recipient of numerous distinctions such as Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Howard Chapnick Grant, Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award, Fulbright Scholar Grant. Exhibited and collected internationally: Venice Biennale, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museo del Barrio, Art Museum of the Americas, Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 

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