Beyond the Wall / Más Allá del Muro
a binational puppet party in Ambos Nogales

Nogales 2017 - English

Beyond the Wall: Nogales 2017

Beyond the Wall's first event took place in November 2017 at the US/Mexico border wall in Nogales Sonora/Arizona. Scroll down to read more about the event!

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Art Exhibit

Friday, Nov 24                                         7pm                                                  Museo de Arte de Nogales (Av. Adolfo López Mateos 120, Fundó Legal, Centro, 84000 Nogales

The Museo opened a new exhibition of works from urban artists on both sides of the border, specially commissioned for the Beyond the Wall festival.

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Block Party

Saturday, Nov 25                               10am-4pm                                        Karam Park, Nogales AZ (N. Morley Ave. between W. Park and E. East)

The Beyond the Wall Block Party, organized by Nogales Community Development and Startup Unidos  showcased local artists and small businesses from Nogales, AZ. 

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Saturday, Nov 25                                   4pm - 10pm                                             La Pesqueira, Nogales SON (pedestrian street between Calle B. Juárez and Av. Álvenir Obregón)

The air was filled with music as local bands from the borderlands on both sides of the wall take to the outdoor stage, while artists from Nogales SON showcased their work.

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Puppets at the Border Performance

Flor is fifteen foot tall; she is from Sonora. Toby is fifteen foot tall; he is from Arizona. Flor and Toby will be at the festival looking for more friends who are just like them. If you see them, approach them: maybe you can help them. Toby, Flor, and the rest of their giant friends will go whatever distance is necessary and transcend all kinds of boundaries to unite. Let them guide you and see if it is possible to overcome our frontiers and let our humanity take us Beyond The Wall.                                             (photo credit: Craig Lowy)

2017 Team


Stephanie Bermudez (Nogales AZ Event Leader) is a Nogales-based leader and entrepreneur. She founded Startup Unidos, ( a leadership podcast that spreads actionable advice from people across international borders who are seeking to startup, invest or participate in AZ/SON regional innovation and entrepreneurship movements. She is a member of the Tuscon Hispanic Chamber Foundation and serves as the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Tuscon’s Program Manager and BIG IDEA Instructor.


Raúl Humberto Leyva (Nogales, SON Event Leader) is a journalist born in Guaymas, Sonora with thirty years of experience, and has been a cultural promoter for twenty years. He is currently the coordinator of the Colectivo Cultural Taco de Perro, which has been promoting all kinds of arts, particularly music, urban art and visual exhibitions of all kinds at the border for the past 6 years. Additionally, he organizes a Tattoo Festival with tattoo artists from various cities in Sonora, Sinaloa, and other Mexican states.




Zulema Rodriguez  (Organizer) was the deputy national director concerning mass incarceration for the political advocacy group Center for Community Change (CCC) until early 2016. She  has worked on immigration reform with the SEIU, implementing field strategy nationwide holding elected officials accountable in their support for a comprehensive immigration reform. Born in Puerto Rico, Zulema now lives and organizes in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. An active environmentalist, Zulema's current projects focuses on repurposing materials into original upcycled accessories. 


Michael Duncan (Producing Intern) is a sophomore at Kansas State University studying theatre, business and leadership studies. He has been involved in theatre throughout his academic career and local community in his hometown, Topeka, Kansas. He hopes to pursue a career in performance along with theatre business and management.




Cindy Lilia Iniguez (Arizona Event Team) was born and raised in Nogales, AZ. She has always wanted to give back to the place that she calls home. Now, as an adult, she is able to give back to the community. "Nothing has ever felt so rewarding."




Ysabel Pierce (Arizona Event Team) was born and raised in Nogales AZ on Franklin Street behind downtown stores ("so La Placita was my playground") motivating her to bring life back to what was once the heart of this border city. Employed at Santa Cruz Valley USD#35 as a Senior Office Assistant, she takes pride in community involvement and has been a member of organizations including the Nogales Women's Club and the Girl Scouts (Leader & Co-Leader), and has served on the Board of the local Little League, March of Dimes, and Relay for Life.