Panamanian Student in traditional dress at art gallery

Brenau Galleries celebrates Panamanian culture

Dec 6, 2021
Brenau Staff

by Nichole Ferguson

Panamanian student looking at art

Brenau University highlighted Central America and the Caribbean during the university’s annual International Week from Nov. 15-18, 2021. There is currently a cohort of 16 Panamanian students on campus pursuing degrees in various fields, made possible through a partnership between Brenau University and the Panamanian government. These students played a big part in the 2021 International Week.  

On Nov. 18, a program called Cambiando Vidas: Changing Lives in Panama featured presentations and performances by the students to showcase their culture and share their experiences at Brenau. The Galleries worked with the cohort to design and install an exhibition in the Castelli Gallery featuring photographs and artwork chosen by the Panamanian students to signify each step of their journey. Also included in the exhibition is a painted portrait of Panamanian student Daniela Rubio done by alum Sage Magness (they/them). In her portrait, Daniela wears traditional garments representative of her home in Guna Yala, San Blas archipelago.  

Panamanian student smiling in front of art

Panamanian officials from the Ministry of Education and IFARHU, Institute for the Development of Human Resources, visited Brenau for the celebration. The exhibition will be on view in Castelli Gallery through the spring semester and is available for viewing by appointment.

Viva Panama! Go Brenau!