Events Calendar

April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Angela Kingsawan workshops, Spring 2020

Fee: $20/$15 members
Registration: This workshop will be rescheduled at a future date.

We all are impacted by stress in some way. Join herbalist Angela Kingsawan to learn a natural alternative for managing stress. Roll up your sleeves and make an herbal remedy that effectively calms the mind and uplifts the spirit—and take it home with you.

About Angela Kingsawan
Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. She was born and raised on the south side of Milwaukee and uses her unique perspective as an urban Native person to teach modern herbalism infused with Native tradition to impact and empower communities of color. By providing decolonized education, seed exchanges, and growing culturally significant plants in an urban setting, Kingsawan strives to help community members remember their cultural ways of being. She currently works as a garden manager at a local Milwaukee non-profit in the neighborhood she grew up in and has been an herbalist in her community for over 20 years.

Angela Kingsawan workshops, Spring 2020

April 10, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm


Fee: Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.
Registration: This event will be rescheduled at a future date.

Come walk Lynden's grounds with Lynden educator Claudia Orjuela, who will introduce you to the mysteries and unique features of outdoor life after dark. Discover the sights and sounds of the night in Lynden’s back acres and observe our monumental sculptures beneath the light of the (almost) full pink moon. A bonfire and treats await at the end.

April 11, 2020 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Fee: $52/ $45 members
Registration: This workshop will be rescheduled at a future date.

Explore the traditional art of pine needle basket weaving with "Little" John Holzwart as you make a small basket to take home. You will learn to coil and create simple stitches to make your own unique basket. and All materials, including Florida long leaf pine needles that have been gathered and cured for use, are provided. Discussion about other basket styles and decorative options will be included. Bring reading glasses, thimble, and small scissors if possible, as well as a bag lunch and beverages.

About "Little" John Holzwart
"Little"John Holzwart is the owner of Plant Based Services, LLC which is a community resource committed to sharing earth centered services and products. These services or products include handmade brooms, beekeeping, fruit tree grafting, and orchard maintenance. This one-man show is located in Sheboygan, WI with the majority of these services being offered in southeast Wisconsin. More info at

April 18, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Family Free Day: Home


As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Lynden is participating in Welcoming Week (September 13-22, 2019), a program of Welcoming America that enlists organizations around the country to welcome new immigrants and refugees into their new communities, by launching a series of Conversations on Displacement and the Arts. These conversations among artists, scholars, and community activists will continue the work begun with our first annual refugee celebration, HOME this past June, and will focus attention on these communities as we prepare for the second HOME celebration, scheduled for June 20, 2020. As with similar conversations at Lynden, we will look at displacement broadly, as both an internal and an external phenomenon: from the experiences of refugees and immigrants coming to the United States to those of Indigenous, enslaved, and interned populations within this country. In the spirit of Welcoming Week, and Lynden’s commitment to inclusivity, all of these conversations are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


September 14, 2019: Participants in the first panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Hasina Begum Ashraf Mia, David Najib Kasir, Angela Kingsawan, and Open Kitchen (Alyx Christensen and Rudy Medina). Scroll down for more information on the participants.

November 16, 2019: Participants in the second panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Sheila Badwan, Kai Gardner-Mishlove, Kevin J. Miyazaki, and Evelyn Patricia Terry. Click here to listen to a recording of the panel.

February 15, 2020: Participants in the third panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Ashraf Albakir, Ras 'Ammar Nsoroma, Sumeya Osman, and Nirmal Raja. Click here to listen to a recording of this panel.

April 18, 2020: Participants in the fourth panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Erick Ledesma, May June Paw, Paul Vang, and Della Wells. Click here to watch a recording of this panel.

About the Participants

Hasina Begum Ashraf Mia is a Rohingya refugee community leader from Myanmar/Malaysia. Prior to resettling to Milwaukee, Hasina was the head and supervisor of a refugee kindergarten learning center under the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign. Through leading this work, Hasina played a pivotal role in developing strategy and approaches to case management, community health clinics, resettlement issues, and arrest and detention faced by her community. In Milwaukee, Hasina continues to lead, organize, and support community initiatives and events, including advising community advocates on refugee issues, presenting Rohingya/Burmese/Malaysian cuisine for Tables Across Borders, organizing and participating in community fashion shows and celebrations, co-coordinating Lynden's HOME event for World Refugee Week, and impacting and involving community members in the arts. Through her life's work, and inspired by the active Lynden community, Hasina's interests and involvement include batiking with textile artist Arianne King Comer and community worker/artist Kim Khaira, modelling for Rosemary Ollison's Beyond Fashion show, and building the refugee and immigrant community through HOME.

David Najib Kasir is a Milwaukee-based artist. His mother is Syrian and his father was Iraqi. He lived in Syria as a child and returned for visits after relocating to the United States. His current work deals with the refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war.

Kim M Khaira is a community worker and artist based in Milwaukee from Penang, Malaysia, whose current work draws on the sense of home, creating home, and of making “sense” of the literal and abstract. She is exploring these themes in Pulang Balik: I Am Going Home Too her residency project at Lynden.

Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. She was born and raised on the south side of Milwaukee and uses her unique perspective as an urban Native person to teach modern herbalism infused with Native tradition to impact and empower communities of color. By providing decolonized education, seed exchanges, and growing culturally significant plants in an urban setting, Angela strives to help community members remember their cultural ways of being. She currently works as a garden manager at a local Milwaukee non-profit in the neighborhood she grew up in and has been an herbalist in her community for over 20 years.

Open Kitchen is organized by Rudy Medina and Alyx Christensen. The project engages critical conversations on food, society and culture, local and at-large. By organizing food-related socials, seasonal residencies, counter-disciplinary collaborations, and satellite installations, conversations are collected, collaged, and open to the public.

Sheila Badwan was born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Greenville, NC. She graduated in 2005 from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She has worked in the healthcare industry in many specialties doing medical billing and coding for the last 10 years. Badwan is the cofounder of Open Arms, an interfaith group of women in Milwaukee. She is currently the lead for the Hanan RRG Milwaukee chapter and works heavily with refugees and immigrant populations in the Milwaukee community. She is married and a devoted mom to two kids, one of whom is partially deaf and has epilepsy. Badwan believes this is important in building bridges among various communities. She has worked in Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Oshkosh to establish relationships with various cultures, communities, and religions on refugee/immigrant issues.

Kai Gardner Mishlove has a BA in Political Science from Boston University with graduate studies in Public Health from the University of Illinois. She is active in many communities and has served on the boards of Hillel Milwaukee, the JCRC of Milwaukee, the Friendship Circle, NCJW Milwaukee, SEA Literacy Project, Hands and Voices, and various disability rights groups. She is a graduate of the Selah JOC Cohort 15 Leadership Program of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership For Justice and the Milwaukee Outreach Director for Edot: the Midwest Jewish Diversity Project. She has a long history of advocating for various marginalized and vulnerable communities. Kai is employed in the healthcare industry improving healthcare delivery and patient health outcomes. She was one of the organizers of Refugee Women's Zumba and other refugee health and wellness projects at the Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic. She volunteers and develops projects extensively with refugee, immigrant, and differently abled populations. Kai’s latest project organized with friends is “Tables Across Borders,” a collaborative global pop-up dining experience highlighting the cuisines of refugee communities resettled in the Milwaukee area. Kai is a very proud stepmother and mother of four adult children. One of her children is Deaf. Kai’s hobbies include bikes and motorcycles, gardening, music, and art. Kai feels very strongly about the importance of building global bridges between cultures and the promotion of inclusive, diverse communities.

Kevin J. Miyazaki is an artist and photographer living in Milwaukee. His artwork often addresses issues of family history, migration and memory. Of particular interest is the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War ll, which uprooted his father’s family and sent them from Tacoma, Washington to camps in California and Wyoming. Miyazaki’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. A current exhibition of his photography and sculpture is on view November 5-January 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha.

Milwaukee-based artist Evelyn Patricia Terry, began her art quest in the late 1960s as a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is the founder of the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery, located in her home at 2522 N. 18th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a full-time professional artist, Terry has explored diverse themes including race, religion, and relationships. Her MFA degree in printmaking assisted her with amassing editions of images as well as many monoprints and monotypes that she now repurposes into artists’ books, installations, and mixed media drawings focusing on “being American.” In the mid 1980s, her focus expanded to include health, after reading a book explaining the impact of “enzymes from raw food” as an important benefit in gaining and maintaining radiant health. This she knows benefits all humanity. Her world travels and constant news reports provide her with an understanding of the misuse of power and the perpetuation of prejudice as tools that negatively impact high percentages of people--despite their heritage, country of origins, religious beliefs, or economic status. Seeking a good place to live physically and emotionally, Terry discovered peace in her home--through her art career, her health practices, and by continually developing friendships with productive people from global backgrounds.

Ashraf Albakir is an accountant and refugee from Syria. When he resettled to Sheboygan in 2017, he could not continue his work as an accountant because of language and certification barriers. He currently works in upholstery and furniture making, and he plans to go back to school for business management in hopes of better utilizing and applying the skills that refugee communities bring with them when they resettle in the United States. As an avid community supporter, he contributes to the work of Hanan Refugee Relief with Sheila Badwan and Salvatorian Warehouse by organizing donations and supplies to orphans and refugees in Syria and Jordan. His perspective of empowerment in refugee work and the global refugee issue due to war tragedies stems from being a refugee himself and seeing these tragedies up close.

Ras 'Ammar Nsoroma is a muralist, portraitist, and mixed media painter. He is a 2019 Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellow in the established artist category. His work centers around the spiritual, cultural, and political consciousness of the African Diaspora, and he is currently exploring the world of the Orisha, African deities of the pantheon of the Yoruba people. Nsoroma has worked as an artist for 35 years. He studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sumeya Osman is a Somali refugee who lived in Uganda as an urban refugee for six years. Resettling to the United States, she's lived in Milwaukee for three years. As a community advocate and interpreter, her experience and skills range from working as a community health worker at Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic with Kai Mishlove, to supporting initiatives at the local level with Public Allies, and advocating for refugee rights. Her ongoing passion for grassroots engagement and community health has led her to pursue training as a doula and midwife within diverse communities, as well as encouraging talents in refugee youth. Sumeya is an active member of the HOME steering committee, and is busily engaged with the planning of this annual, community-directed refugee event at Lynden. She is the event's co-MC, alongside Rohingya refugee Hasina Begum.

Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee. Conceptually driven and thematic, her work straddles the personal and the political and is a response to lived experiences that are distilled and strengthened by research in the studio and through reading. She approaches her practice as a process of sifting and communicating sensations and ideas with varied materials and processes. She examines notions of memory, identity, place and belonging. Performative collaborations with other artists and the larger community have recently become part of her practice. Occasionally, she curates exhibitions and organizes and facilitates situations that articulate moments of connection and empathy. Raja holds a BA in English literature, a BFA in painting and drawing from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been included in both public and private collections. She is a mentor for Milwaukee Artists Resource Network’s mentorship program.

Erick “Ck” Ledesma is an interdisciplinary visual artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico who explores themes of identity by incorporating and integrating influences of Afro-Caribbean culture. Ledesma received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the Peck School of the Arts - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ck works primarily with mixed media using acrylic and spray paint to develop vibrant color palettes. He also creates performance-based pieces and facilitates community engagement arts projects. Exhibitions include “31 Emerge” at the Walker Point Center for the Arts, “30x30x30” at Var Gallery, and “2 Productions” at Reginald Baylor Studios. Ledesma served as the inaugural Artist in Residence for Cesar Chavez Drive and for the Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street branch. He is on the board of directors of the Milwaukee Area Resource Network (MARN) and the founder of Cosecha Creative Space--a culture connectivity initiative.

May June Paw is a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Elementary Education. Her active involvement in the Karen refugee community led her to volunteer at SEA Literacy, at her local church, and with the Karen American Association of Milwaukee. Leading up to HOME and World Refugee Day 2020, and for Lynden’s 10th Annual Winter Carnival, May June organized a Karen-Thai table serving savory snacks and desserts while engaging with the public on the Karen diaspora in Milwaukee and forced displacement faced by Karen refugees.

Paul Vang serves as the Civic Engagement Director at HAWA, the Hmong American Women’s Association. He is a former science educator and is passionate about helping to build power within the Southeast Asian community by engaging in conversations with people at their doors, hosting educational events that are open to the public, and educating elected officials on the Southeast Asian population here in Milwaukee.

Della Wells is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting in earnest at the age of 42. Her creative process stems primarily from her personal experiences embellished through the art of storytelling into visual work. Wells's work has been written about and has appeared in several publications including Betty-Carol Sellen's and Cynthia J. Johanson’s book, Self Taught, Outsider and Folk Art, A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources, 2000/2016 ed. and one of her images appears in a children's book The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems and Songs For Making Lasting Memories, by Susan Magsamen. In 2011, Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, an award-winning play written by Y. York and inspired by Wells’s life, was premiered by Milwaukee’s First Stage Children 's Theatre. In 2010, the play was selected to be read at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., for its New Visions, New Voices Festival. Wells illustrated a children's book, The Electric Train, by Nanci Mortimer.

Wells has exhibited in galleries, museums, and art festivals all over the United States, Italy and British Columbia. Venues include: Hickory Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Appleton Art Center, Huntsville Museum of Art, 5 Point Art Gallery & Studios, Loyola Museum of Art, multiple University of Wisconsin campuses, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, Alverno College, Costal Museum, Mark Woolley Gallery, Clayton Gallery, Huntsville Museum of Art, Cedarburg Art Museum, David Barnett Gallery, Museum of Science & Industry , Magic City Art Festival, Outsiders & Others Uptown Gallery, Peltz Gallery, Susan Woodson Gallery, Barrister’s Gallery, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright Museum of Art, and the Outsider Art Fair in New York. Her dolls, cards and collages are currently sold at The Smithsonian National African Museum of History and Culture and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. She has been a featured artist at the Kentuck Festival of Arts, the largest art festival featuring folk, self-taught, and outsider art in the United States. Her work is in over 100 private, corporate, and museum collections including Saint Kate Hotel, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Wright Museum of Art. Wells is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery.

April 19, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:00pm


Fee: $110/$99 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed. For info on future sessions, sign up for our e-list.

Participants will produce a series of pendants by collaging materials and covering them in resin. First, you’ll make a mini-collage by choosing from a large selection of decorative papers, photos, and small objects--charms, beads, shells, etc.—and arranging them in a diminutive pendant tray. Then the tray will be filled with clear resin and will harden into a unique pendant. The possibilities are endless! Learn how to prep and reduce bubble formation to get lovely results and expect to bring home at least four pendants by the end of the day. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials and mementos, or collect items on Lynden’s grounds, if desired. No experience required, and all materials supplied. Bring a bag lunch and beverages, and dress for the weather if you would like to do some outdoor collecting.

Note: Students will need to bring boxes or containers to carry their pendants home. You will be transporting curing resin which needs to stay flat and be protected from dust. Low, even boxes with lids (plastic or cardboard shoe boxes, takeout food containers, clamshell containers, Tupperware, etc.). Your pieces will need to be taped down and put in a flat part of the car, such as the back floor.


About Leslie Perrino

Leslie Perrino is an artist and "art evangelist" who loves to share the power of art and creativity with people, particularly in her beloved areas of metals and enameling. Her artwork is a quirky mix of traditional and found objects, most recently combining computer/electrical components with enamels. She is a charismatic and effective teacher who encourages skill building and exploration of the medium.

April 19, 2020 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

with Sue Pezanoski Browne & Katie Hobday

Please note: the March 15 & April 19 sessions have been cancelled.

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

Sue Pezanoski Browne and Katie Hobday, Lynden’s teachers-in-residence, invite you to participate in the Sound Tree Project, the focus of their collaborative artist residency. Working in a grove of trees on the Lynden grounds, Pezanoski Browne and Hobday are constructing an environment filled with clay chimes that they make and fill with personal narratives. This exploration of art, nature, memory, and materials is informed by their thinking about movement and migration—about life as movement interspersed with pauses of various lengths.

April 25, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simple Vessels
A Ceramics Workshop with Katheryn Corbin
April 25, 2020, 10 am-4 pm

Fee: $85/$75 members (all materials included)
Registration: This workshop will be rescheduled at a future date.

Spend a day at Lynden with artist Katheryn Corbin finding your way with clay. Learn basic clay construction by forming simple vessels using traditional techniques: pinching, coiling, and smoothing. Enjoy making cups, bowls, or vases, then embellishing the surfaces with textures and surface drawings in sigelatta, a fine clay slip that is a forerunner of modern glazes. The pieces will sun dry to bring the surfaces to completion, undergo a bisque firing in our kiln, and can then be sawdust fired, replicating early wood firing. The blackened surfaces of sawdust firing result from the smoke and the clay absorbing carbon.

Bring a bag lunch and beverages and dress for studio work as well as the outdoors. We’ll be making use of Lynden’s 40 beautiful acres during our breaks, weather permitting.

The sawdust firing will be scheduled in May; attendance at the sawdust firing is voluntary, but you will need to return at a later date to pick up your pots.

About Katheryn Corbin

Katheryn Corbin is a painter, potter, and figure sculptor. She offers a series of workshops based on Native American ceramic practices. Pots and figures have both been a part of Corbin's studio practice and teaching. Drawing and painting are important elements in each discipline, and her clay pieces are informed by the complementary processes of working with clay as vessel and as figure. Corbin is interested in historical developments in clay and variations across cultures, and she often explores different firing techniques and glaze surfaces. She has taught at all levels from elementary school through adult at the Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, IL; the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her exhibition, Migrant, was on view at the Lynden Scupture Garden, February 25-May 27, 2018.

April 25, 2020 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Compost workshop

Fee: $20/$15 members per session or $30/$20 members for both sessions
Registration: Registration is on hold. Please email to be notified when the workshop is rescheduled.

A garden’s design begins in the mind though its bounty lies beneath our feet.

Angela Curtes, owner of Grounded LLC, offers a two-part workshop designed to enthuse and engage participants in home composting as the next step toward a self-sufficient garden. Part 1 is an indoor workshop and Part 2 is an outdoor, experiential compost-building workshop. Take one or both!

Saturday, March 28, 2020
This session will be rescheduled at a future date.
Part 1: Preparing the way for home composting and bountiful gardens

How do we begin to look at our organic household and yard waste as the heart and soul of our gardens? How can our kitchens and gardens work in concert to regenerate and create living soil? Join Angela Curtes for an indoor afternoon discovering why the earth beneath our feet is so important and what we can do to prepare the way for home composting this spring.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
This session will be rescheduled at a future date.
Part 2: Composting 101- making our gardens self-sufficient
This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for those wanting to take their gardening experience to the next level by incorporating a small home compost system. You will go home with all the information and elements needed to start a simple compost system that can be managed throughout the year.

About Angela L. Curtes
Angela Curtes is the owner of Grounded LLC, which strives to balance ecological integrity with agricultural resilience by integrating ancient and regenerative farming methods in harmony with native wild lands. She manages her family’s 80-acre organic certified farm incorporating biodynamic principles and specializing in heat-controlled humus structured compost for resale and farm use and grows medicinal crops of Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), hemp, hay and occasional grains. She has worked the past 30 years, primarily for non-profit organizations, in the fields of environmental and wilderness education, natural and farm lands preservation, soil fertility, chromatography, and large-scale compost production.

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