• Sun
    01
    Jan
    2017
    Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017

    Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys - Film Projections in Europe

    Journeys Festival Portsmouth 2016 - Sanctuary and SustenanceART WORKS Projects is pleased to announce the multimedia film  Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys will be projected in cities across Europe throughout 2017 thanks to generous support from the COFRA Foundation. 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.

     

    Collaborators include Lynsey AddarioMarcus BleasdalePaula Bronstein, Helene Caux, Jean ChungRon 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. The film was co-directed by Leslie Thomas and Maren Wickwire.

     

    Journeys International Festival
    Portsmouth Cathedral
    Portsmouth, England
    October 21, 2016

     

    Installation arranged by ArtReach. AV and installation by 1000plateaus.

     

    Mona Bismarck American Center
    Paris
    March 19 - March 29, 2017
    nightly, 7pm - 9am

     

    More dates and locations TBA.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys - Chicago Exhibition

    625 N. Kingsbury

    screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-1-57-58-pmART WORKS Projects is pleased to announce our spring exhibition Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys. 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.

     

    625 at 6:25

     

    Opening Reception
    Thursday, February 9; 6:25 – 8:00 p.m.
    625 N. Kingsbury, Chicago

     

     

    Resettlement Realities
    Saturday, March 11; 12 - 3 p.m.
    625 N. Kingsbury, Chicago
    Free and open to the public.

     

    More than 65 million people globally have been forcibly displaced due to war, persecution, violence, natural disaster, and other factors, including 21.3 million refugees. For most refugees, seeking safe refuge is the beginning of a journey that can take years - even decades - on the path to resettlement.

     

    Resettlement Realities seeks to develop a better understanding of the complex and multidimensional resettlement processes, both globally and in the United States. This discussion provides a forum for dialogue that includes refugees who have experienced resettlement and the host communities who welcome them, as well as those who devote their time and resources to Chicago’s refugee populations.

     

    This afternoon program will consist of a reception for Chicago's refugee resettlement organizations and the communities they serve, a performance, and a panel discussion/community conversation. It is free and open to the public.

     

     

    Reception: 12-1:15
    Performance by Abraham Mellish: 1:15-1:35
    Panel: 1:45-3

     

    Speakers
    Galya Ben-Arieh (Ruffer), PhD - Director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University
    Majid Baban - former refugee resettled in Chicago in 2015
    Emad Tayefeh - NU artist in residence, pilot program for artist-scholar refugees
    Zean Dunbar - Program Coordinator, Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University

     

    Please click here to register to attend Resettlement Realities and check the Facebook event page for updates.

     

     

    Living on the Margins - Refugees Surviving Torture & Beyond
    Thursday, April 6; 6:25 - 8:30 p.m.
    625 N. Kingsbury, Chicago
    Free and open to the public.

     

    An estimated 1.3 million refugees in the United States are believed to be survivors of politically sanctioned torture, according to  the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). Those who have survived torture or other forms of direct, conflict-related persecution often face significant challenges that  serve as additional barriers in the resettlement process.
    Understanding the issues facing refugees who are survivors of torture is important to ensuring that medical, mental health, and social services support healing while these individuals navigate resettlement.  Living on the Margins - Refugees Surviving Torture and Beyond explores the effects of torture and trauma in conflict settings and the healing support needed as refugees resettle. Speakers and community members will engage in discussion about this vulnerable refugee population to support integration into host communities through better understanding their past experience and its impact on their daily lives.

     

    Speakers
    Marianne Joyce, LCSW - Majorie Kovler Center, Social Services Manager
    Alisa Roadcup - Executive Director, Heshima Kenya
    Wendy Pearlman - Associate Professor at Northwestern University, author of We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria (June 2017)

     

     

    Youth, Culture, & Assimilation
    Thursday, May 18; 6:25 - 8:30 p.m.
    625 N. Kingsbury, Chicago
    Free and open to the public. 

     

    Youth, Culture, and Assimilation explores the delicate process of assimilation as young refugees balance honoring family and societal cultures and traditions from home countries with adapting to a new life in the United States. The process can be both exciting and challenging, as youth often adapt more quickly to new languages and cultural norms, which assists in the assimilation process but can also lead to family tensions, a sense of loss, and uncertainty about belonging.

     

    This program will explore the resettlement process through poetry and spoken words as youth share their journey navigating culture and identity, both from their homeland and in a new country.

     

    If you are interested in speaking or performing at this event, please contact Annalise Taylor at ataylor@artworksprojects.org.

     

     

    625 at 6:25  is ART WORKS Projects’ cornerstone program designed to give audiences the opportunity to learn about and discuss a range of regional and global human rights and social justice topics with photographers, journalists, diplomats, academics, advocates, and humanitarian providers. Questions and conversations are highly encouraged.

     

    These programs are free and open to the public. For parking information and directions to our studio click here.

     

     

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