The Story of Many Journeys

UPDATE: Follow along on ART WORKS Projects’ social media channels June 1-20, 2020 as we reboot this project for the #FindingHomeAgain campaign in recognition of World Refugee Day 2020! Join us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys is a multimedia projection of photography, film, music, and words launched on June 20, 2013 in honor of World Refugee Day in cities around the world. The installation was projected on the facades of community and civic centers, houses of worship, places of learning and other locales that have historically opened their doors as places of welcome and shelter. Collaborators include Lynsey AddarioMarcus BleasdalePaula Bronstein, Hélène Caux, Jean Chung, Don Doll, Ron HavivDavid HogsholtGiulio di Sturco, and James Whitlow Delano along with filmmaker Maren WickwireSanctuary/Sustenance features music by the Argentine classical composer Osvaldo Noé Golijov.  Additional music is by Lee Maddeford, Jonathan Wiest, and Ventanas.


Beginning in 2015, in American and European cities, ART WORKS Projects began a second phase of the initiative with photographers  Muna Malik, Khadija Charif,  Julia Rendleman, Misael VirgenMaren Wickwire and others, creating new bodies of work with local resettlement partners. Designed to spark community engagement, they allow the Sanctuary/Sustenance project to reflect specific issues of local importance to refugees and their allies.


Through photographs, moving graphics, and music, viewers have an opportunity to trace the journey of a family during the catastrophic events of displacement, on a path to sanctuary, and through the long process of rebuilding life in a new community. Sanctuary/Sustenance aims to raise the public consciousness of these issues to a wide variety of people, and facilitate conversations about our collective responsibility to welcome refugees and encourage policy makers to act in favor of fundamental human rights for refugees and asylum seekers.


Chicago, Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Minneapolis, Minnesota
San Diego, California
Seattle, Washington
Cologne, Germany
New York City, New York
Rome, Italy
Beirut, Lebanon
Budapest, Hungary
Sofia, Bulgaria
Prague, Czech Republic
Bucharest, Romania
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Warsaw, Poland
Poznań, Poland
Milan, Italy
Paris, France
Malmö, Sweden
Brussels, Belgium
Zagreb, Croatia
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sponsored in part with the generous support of:


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