Events Calendar

Sunday, June 20 2021

June 20, 2021 - 10:00am

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10 am: In person. Visitors to Lynden must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.
2 pm: On Facebook live at
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HOME is the theme of our work with refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies. The HOME Refugee Steering Committee is building a space of leading, coming together, and celebrating refugees. In 2019, we were able to realize our vision for HOME 2019 as a community-directed outdoor festival on World Refugee Day. Over 1,000 refugee community members and members of the public filled Lynden’s grounds. In 2020, we launched the HOME virtual platform to archive our past work and to house our new, year-round HOME programming.

This year, we are offering HOME 2021 as a series of dispersed events spanning the summer. These events will be small, in order to conform with public health guidelines, and will take place outdoors on Lynden’s grounds. We hope that these events, when taken together, will capture the spirit of art, food, and performance that we experienced at the HOME 2019 outdoor festival.

HOME 2021 launches on World Refugee Day (June 20) with a brief, in-person celebration in the morning followed by a virtual program in the afternoon. You may stop by Lynden starting at 10 am for a land acknowledgement and a series of interfaith prayers. Claudia Orjuela and the Milwaukee Public Library will wrap up the HOME Story Time season with an outdoor, bilingual reading; Daniel Minter will lead a symbol-carving workshop [click here for more information]; and Partly Press will host a poetry reading with Moheb Soliman, author of HOMES [click here for more information]. In the afternoon, we will broadcast the morning’s welcome and share cultural programming on Facebook Live.

Schedule for World Refugee Day
10 am: Land Acknowledgment and Interfaith Prayers
10:30 am: Story Time
11 am: Symbol Carving Workshop
12 pm: Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior/HOMES
2-3:30 pm: Virtual World Refugee Program begins on Facebook Live

The HOME 2021 celebration will continue with monthly cultural plant walks, days featuring music, dance, and fashion (both ethnic and traditional), and two markets offering handicrafts and homemade goods.

Our community sponsors include:

Join us for more HOME 2021 events:
HOME Cultural Plant Walks, June 12, July 17, and August 14
HOME Music Day, July 10
HOME Dance Day, July 25
HOME Fashion Day, August 7
HOME Craft Market, August 21
HOME presents author Elly Fishman at Boswell Book Company, August 31
HOME Craft Market, September 18

HOME 2021

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June 20, 2021 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

Free but preregistration required. Sign up for an hour-long session beginning at 11 am, 12 pm or 1 pm. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

IN THE HEALING LANGUAGE OF TREES brings Daniel Minter to Lynden for multiple residencies across two summers to engage the communities we serve in “a natural act of transformation restructured for curing many ills.” Minter’s original idea—to bring his wood-carving skills to bear on the deadly impact of emerald ash borer on our trees—was complicated by the pandemic. Drawing on traditions of the African Diaspora, and invoking axé, the “spiritual force that resides in all living things,” Minter envisions an ash trunk adorned with necklaces of giant, hand-carved wooden beads created in collaboration with community members, including those already engaged in our Call & Response and HOME programming. This project is supported by the Joyce Foundation through a 2021 Joyce Award to Daniel Minter and Lynden Sculpture Garden. More information on the Joyce Awards here:

On June 20, as part of our HOME World Refugee Celebration, Daniel Minter will be offering open-air, small group carving workshops. Participants will create a personal symbol and carve it into a rubber block suitable for stamping and printing. Images of these stamps will become part of our project archive and will eventually be used in large textile banners. You will be able to take your stamp home with you. These workshops are open to people of all ages (small children will need to work with an adult). No previous carving skills required.

June 20, 2021 - 12:00pm

Moheb Soliman


Please join us for an outdoor reading and conversation with poet Moheb Soliman, on tour with his debut book HOMES (Coffee House Press, 2021). HOMES is an ecopoetic immigrant travelogue around the Great Lakes bioregion/borderland, exploring nature, modernity, identity, belonging, and sublimity.

With multiple overlapping themes and sensibilities, Soliman and HOMES are a welcome addition to the HOME 2021: World Refugee Day program. Soliman will be joined by Great Lakes writers and artists Jennifer Scappettone, Margaret Noodin, and Marsha McDonald to share their own work and discuss their intersections and relationships to the region and its natural and cultural ecologies. Poet and Partly Press editor Chuck Stebelton will host the conversation. Bring a picnic!

Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest who has presented poetry, performance, installation, and video work at diverse art and public spaces in the US and Canada with support from numerous foundations and institutions. HOMES is the culmination of over a decade of writing through Great Lakes-based travel, partnerships, and projects as well as multiple homes around the region. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN, where he was program director for the Arab American lit and film organization Mizna before going rogue on an arts career.

Partly Press was established in 2018 to extend the Lynden mission of offering a unique experience of art in nature. Partly takes its name from the final manuscript assembled by poet, essayist, and teacher Jack Collom (1931 - 2017). We’re interested in Art, Ecology, and Natural History. What stops us in our tracks? A well made poem-as-object or radically specific landscape poem.

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