ART 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.
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.
Performance by Abraham Mellish: 1:15-1:35
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