Tinney Contemporary’s Sisavanh Poutavang Houghton featured in latest NPT documentary


On Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m., Nashville Public Television will release the premiere of their latest documentary, "Next Door Neighbors: Becoming American". The documentary is tenth in the Next Door Neighbors series of documentaries, a series that examines the challenges and contributions of people who have immigrated from dozens of other cities to settle in Nashville, Tennessee. The documentary covers the stories of four individuals, the beginnings of their lives in the U.S., and the burdens of war and poverty that they left behind. The featured individuals are: Sisavanh Pouthavong Houghton, an artist and MTSU Professor who fled a war-torn Laos as a child; Brendali Menjivar, who suffered violence and poverty during his childhood in El Salvador; and Eh and Zahraa, two students at John Overton High School who immigrated from Burma and Iraq.