We See Heaven Upside Down is an evolving multidisciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society.


The project has developed into an international creative dialogue, seeking to stimulate further discourse around these issues. The project launched in 2016 and was funded in part by the Government of Germany and the Partnership for Democracy, Berlin. It was produced by Moving Poets Berlin at the Novilla Center for Arts, Berlin, and has since been presented as the Visual Arts Headliner of the Sensoria Festival 2017 (Ross Galleries, CPCC) and at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in 2018. To date, We See Heaven Upside Down has had input from 50+ artists, including established and emerging visual artists, acclaimed performers and musicians, distinguished poets and hundreds of students and citizens, local refugee agencies and Native American associations. More than 5,000 visitors have experienced the migrating exhibitions, performances and participated in outreach programs in the US and abroad.


project concept / testimonials

stage production

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community outreach

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Made possible by the generous support of the Knight Foundation Celebrate Charlotte Arts Grant, the Reemprise Fund,  Arts Science Council Cultural Vision Grant (2020) and the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.


Moving Poets Challenge Misconception and Prejudices Through Art


January 30, 2020 | By ASC Charlotte


Artistic and Organizational Partner: Moving Poets 


Project Sponsors/Partners:


Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

Awedience Media


Community Partners & Participants:


Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency

International House 


Special thanks to: 


Arts & Science Council Cultural Vision Grant (2018, 2020)


Moving Poets patrons/supporters

Jeff Cravotta Photography

Shane Baskin Photography/ Black Box Productions

Heather Speer Harper

Linda and Mitch Bollag

Harper Corporation

Ritz Marketing

Kunst am Spreeknie Arts Festival, Berlin

Sensoria Festival & CPCC 


Funding for the project in Berlin is made possible in part by:

German Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth German Federal Program for Democracy Lives

The Partnership for Democracy, Schöneweide