The Frontera Fund reported that for the fourth time, the bi-national concert called Without Borders, on the line of Agua Prieta, Arizona took place. According to Frontera Fund benefactors, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, culture and artistic talent transcend any wall or border. The Sonoran Institute of Culture reported that rhythm and melodies of the musicians, from both neighboring sides shined at the concert.
Lacey and Larkin explained that the dividing line between the two border towns of northeastern Sonora and Arizona set the stage for the event. The free concert and cultural event was for all ages, and musical notes of artists on both sides of the border simultaneously join in an effort to develop together the Sonoran Institute of Culture, and officials of both municipalities.
The border fence was the meeting point for the population of both cities. Musicians from the University of Sonora, an assembly of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the State of Sonora, the Binational Choir, and string players of Cochise College in Arizona all convened. Also participating were saxophonists Francisco Barrios, and guitarists Dieter Hennings, and José Jesús Rodríguez; Dan Simonis and The New Mexicans, and Mariachi Folklorico 18th Cochise College Guitar Workshop.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin say these musicians serve to symbolize the unity and diversity of both nations. Despite the anti-immigrant policies of the administration of Donald Trump in the United States, the offices of culture in the governments of Claudia Pavlovich Arellano and President Doug Ducey, were instrumental in organizing this artistic event as part of the tourism boost to the “Mega-Region” economic Sonora-Arizona. Lacey and Larkin said these activities are very important for tourism, economy and progress in border cities, and they also generate a close coexistence among the many families that are divided by the international border.
Larkin and Lacey say the border wall does not separate how united we are in the fight and this is an example of what the Frontera Fund stands for. The organization brings everyone together to demand compliance, and campaign against unfair guidelines that keep families apart. The Frontera Fund was founded four years ago by media executives, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
According to their own account, both men were wrongly arrested, and held illegally by controversial Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio. After winning a $3.7 million dollar lawsuit, both men established the Frontera Fund. A grassroots organization to benefit the Hispanic community in Arizona. Today, the Frontera Fund benefits national organizations to raise awareness of civil rights, human rights, and migrant abuse.