Events Calendar

January 4, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Tuesdays in the Garden

2022 Winter/Spring Session (Jan. 4-May 31): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather or temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced). All 2022 Winter/Spring sessions are full.
2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

January 9, 2022 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Photo: Sarah Zimmerman

Fee: $10/$5 members. Space is limited; advance registration required. Click here to register.

Join birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

About the Artist

Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, forthcoming) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.

January 11, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Tuesdays in the Garden

2022 Winter/Spring Session (Jan. 4-May 31): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather or temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced). All 2022 Winter/Spring sessions are full.
2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

January 12, 2022 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesdays, January 12-May 4, 2022 – 3-5 pm

Lynden Art Club

Art club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place to exchange ideas and support and learn from one another. Students will design a long-term independent art project at the beginning of the session and meet for in-progress reviews, take part in creative art challenges, have conversations about contemporary artists and discuss their work with Lynden educators and their peers. Students will present their work at our final art club meeting. Art Club will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Social distancing will be practiced at all times. All participants are required to wear masks. Extra masks will be available for those who need them. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $352/256 members per 16-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 13, 2022 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Art + Nature Lab for Ages 7-11

Winter Session: Thursdays, January 13-March 3, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm
Spring Session: Thursdays, March 10-May 5, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm (no class April 21)

Lynden’s Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Over the course of each eight-week session, art educator Jeremy Stepien will guide you through a series of art challenges and studio projects. Art + Nature Lab will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $176/128 members per 8-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Visitors must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.


Lynden’s Summer 2022 Dog Days

This summer, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund, we are offering special programming during our monthly dog days. This gift came with a prompt: How can we acknowledge the role that dogs played in helping so many of us survive the pandemic?

At Lynden, we were fortunate to be able to reopen the grounds to the public immediately after the initial COVID lockdown, and beginning in June 2020, the number of dogs visiting on dogs days soared. Nor was dog activity confined to dog days: many staff members brought their dogs to work at least occasionally and a few of our dogs became daily fixtures in both the house and the barn. Contractors we work with took to bringing their dogs, too. People called to ask if they could come with their dogs on non-dog days, and others simply showed up and started walking. We shared in the progress of a dog who came for regular rehabilitation sessions, noted the departure of elderly dogs who had been visiting since Lynden’s earliest days, and met new puppies.

The entire Lynden staff became involved in planning this summer’s programs. We thought, of course, about artists, but also about behavior and relationships, and about the environment. We remembered that last summer the August and September dog days aligned with our HOME Craft Markets, and many a human-canine dyad enjoyed strolling among the vendors, checking out the merchandise and meeting new people.

Between May and September, we offer opportunities to enjoy a dog-led tour; to memorialize your dog in an archival-quality tintype or a Shrinky Dink charm; to ask and artist and trainer about human/non-human relationships; to meet a conservation dog; and to share two HOME Craft Days (we know from last summer that Floyd, one of the Lynden dogs, is partial to Burmese noodles).

Summer 2022 Dog Days Schedule
May 21, 2022 – 10:30-11:30 am:
A Tour of Sticks with Lynden Dogs Floyd and Broonzy
June 18, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Margaret Muza Pops Up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden to Make Tintypes
June 18, 2022 – 11 am-3 pm: Ask a Trainer: Sara Caron on Human/Non-Human Relationships
July 9, 2022 – 11 am-12 pm: Meet a Conservation Detection Dog
July 23, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Sarah Gail Luther: Shrinky Dink Charms
August 20, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market
September 17, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market

January 15, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Virtual.
Registration: Free but advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The HOME Refugee Steering Committee continues its virtual HOME Conversations series in 2022 with HOME: Conversations on Forced Displacement. Each year we gather input from past participants as we plan the next series. At their request, our new format emphasizes both active dialogue and actionable steps. Each conversation will take place in two parts, with a virtual panel discussion on an aspect of forced displacement followed, a month later, by a small-group discussion about taking action. The series is moderated by HOME Refugee Steering Committee member Paul Vang.

HOME: Conversations on Forced Displacement will examine relevant issues in contemporary refugee resettlement at the local level and across the globe. We hope to engage community members in understanding specific refugee resettlement crises as well as the larger issues of forced displacement, including its various contexts, while also providing an opportunity for participants to learn how they can get involved in local, on-the-ground efforts to aid refugee families and communities as they resettle among us. As with all HOME Conversations, artists will be integral to our discussions and action plans, and we will be seeking ways to bring together diverse voices to forge solutions that extend beyond a specific refugee population.

About the Moderator | 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.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm [Click here to watch a recording of this session.]
Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm
The Afghan Refugee Crisis

This first installment of the HOME Conversations will take a closer look at the Afghan refugee crisis from the vantage point of those intimately involved and directly impacted in the resettlement process here in Wisconsin and beyond. Our panelists will include Afghan artists and refugees, as well as local resettlement organizers, all of whom are working to navigate the effects of the refugee crisis in real time. In February, those who are interested can continue the discussion, sharing information on how individuals and groups can get involved and help in the resettlement efforts.

Recommended Readings
Milwaukee Welcomes Afghan Refugees, January 31, 2022, Shepherd Express, link
Afghan Women’s Rights Activist, Maryam Durani Settles in Milwaukee, January 13, 2022, Journal Sentinel, link
Afghan Refugees at Wisconsin’s Military Base Continue to Seek Housing, January 7, 2022, Voice of America (VOA) News, link
Torn Apart: Local Efforts to Help Afghan Refugees are Marked by Both Tears and Triumph, January 4, 2022, Madison Magazine, link
Afghan women have a long history of taking leadership and fighting for their rights, October 11, 2021, The Conversation, link
Afghan Art Flourished for 20 Years. Can It Survive the New Taliban Regime?, October 31, 2021, New York Times, link
After the withdrawal, U.S. museums need to tell a richer story about Afghanistan, September 3, 2021, Los Angeles Times, link
More than 40 House of Democrats Urge Treasury Department to Unfreeze Afghanistan’s Bank Reserves, link

About the Participants
Maryam Durani is an Afghan activist, an elected official and an internationally recognized advocate for the rights of Afghan women and girls. As a young adult, Durani served as a Kandahar Provincial Council Member twice for 14 years, and since her many years of council service, she has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights, firmly committed to building an inclusive and equitable society. She is the founder of the Kandahar Women Advocacy Network, in addition to leading Khadija Kobra Women's Association for Culture, the non-government organization that works to uphold women's rights in Afghanistan. A program under Khadija Kobra, she ran a women's health club and gym that garnered international attention. She managed Mirman Radio of Kandahar, the only local female-focused radio station, and is the founder of the Malalai Maiwandi Internet café, a free women's internet café that aims to connect women within a thriving environment and safe space, also the first of its kind in Afghanistan. She founded the House of Learning, an institute of modern studies for girls education free of cost. Durani studied business at the American University of Afghanistan, and read law and political science at Noor University.

Recognizing her important work and contribution to women's rights at a national and global scale, Durani is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage, and was highlighted as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, an honor that she shared with Russian democratic politician Alexei Navalny and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2013, she was one of 30 young activists recognized by the National Endowment for Democracy with support for her work to empower women to take on leadership roles, and in 2014, she received the Four Freedoms Medal for Freedom of Speech. In 2015, she received the International Peace Generation Award. She has received the Brave Woman Award from the State of Pennsylvania, the Women's Rights Protector Award from Washington, and an Iraq and Afghanistan Female Peace Activist Appreciation Letter from Turkey. She is considered both a leader and role model for women throughout Afghanistan, and despite facing regular threats on her life--including a suicide attack in 2009 that resulted in serious injury-- Durani is undeterred in her mission to promote basic civil rights for all Afghans. In 2021, she fled the ongoing humanitarian crisis and resettled to the United States with her family. She now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Omaid Sharifi is a Curator, Artivist, President of ArtLords and Wartists, and a Harvard University Fellow. Sharifi is also a Millennium Leadership Fellow with Atlantic Council, Asia Society 21 and American Foreign Relations Council/Rumsfeld Fellow.

Khalid Naseri is an asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Naseri worked with the U.S. Army in his homeland and came to the United States in 2017 through the Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans (SIV) program, not unlike the process of many Afghans during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in 2021, of which he has been an active and first-hand observer. He has been living and working in Madison, Wisconsin since his arrival, as a Dar and Pashto interpreter with Jewish Social Services (JSS) and Dane County. He is a grassroots volunteer and has been involved in various projects including the refugee-led Madison Refugee Union that aims at giving voice to Madison’s refugees through education, advocacy, and community. He and his wife hope to ensure that their two young children keep their dreams of being a doctor and a pilot despite the struggles in their homeland.

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.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm [Click here to watch a recording of this session.]
Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm
Myanmar One Year After the Coup

The second installment of the HOME Conversations series dives into the Myanmar democracy movement and Myanmar/Burmese refugee resettlement in the US. This panel will bring together community leaders, thinkers, and artists from Myanmar. In March we will highlight and analyze key moments in Myanmar’s history, including the recent Spring Revolution, that led to multiple internal conflicts that greatly impacted ethnic minorities and the continuing refugee crises in the region. The conversation continues in April as we actively involve participants in action plans to address and assist in refugee resettlement with input from Milwaukee-based leaders and representatives from Myanmar and Southeast Asian communities.

Recommended Readings
U.N. says military violence in Myanmar may be 'crimes against humanity', NPR, March 16, 2022, link
Widespread abuses since Myanmar coup may amount to war crimes, says UN report, The Guardian, March 16, 2022, link 
Myanmar Junta Has Torched Over 6,000 Civilian Homes Since Coup, The Irrawaddy, March 2, 2022, link
One Year Since the Coup, Women-led Protests in Myanmar Need Global Solidarity and Action More Than Ever, Global Washington, February 23, 2022, link
Military Violence Emboldens Myanmar’s Ethnic Resistance, Foreign Policy, February 19, 2022, link
A Year After Coup, Myanmar Is Mired in Conflict and Chaos, New York Times, February 1, 2022, link
Gender and Conflict in Myanmar, Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) Initiative, Podcast, Asia Research News, link

About the Participants
Biak Tha Hlawn, known as Hlawn Hlawn, is an undergraduate student attending Stanford University with an intended major in international relations. Hlawn Hlawn was born and raised in Thantlang, Chin State, and briefly relocated to Malaysia from 2008 to 2010 before immigrating to the United States. She has served in many leadership roles throughout her years in high school at Ronald Reagan and graduated with distinction. Hlawn Hlawn continues her passion for advocacy and activism to this day. In response to the February 1st military coup in 2021, she co-founded Chin Leaders, a Chin youth-led organization, and serves as the Executive Director. At the United States Advocacy Coalition for Myanmar (USACM), she serves as the social media manager and lobbyist. At Stanford, she serves as a fellow for the Asian Women’s Alliance’s Service and Advocacy Committee. Hlawn Hlawn is a Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholar, Elks Scholar, and Horatio Alger National Scholar. In addition, she has been named the 2019 Youth of the Year by Carson Chin Baptist Church and Senior of the Year by the Milwaukee Public Schools district. Hlawn Hlawn aspires to be the change she seeks in the world.

May Sabe Phyu is a women’s human rights defender, Director of Gender Equality Network, and coordinator of the Women’s Advocacy Coalition Myanmar. She is co-founder of the Kachin Peace Network and Kachin Women Peace Network. She is the recipient of the 2015 International Women of Courage Award, Global Trailblazer Award in 2017, and N-Peace award in 2019. She moved to the United States of America since the military coup in 2021 but continues working with women's rights organizations (WROs) and women's rights activists on the ground to further advance evidence-based advocacy especially towards the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Sharifah Shakirah was born in in Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State of Burma/Myanmar. She is the founder and director of the Rohingya Women Development Network (RWDN). RWDN, the first Rohingya women’s group in Malaysia, was founded in December 2016. It is self-funded and aims to empower women by harnessing their abilities and by providing them with opportunities to be leaders. This is done by organising classes for women consisting of general education, education on sexual reproductive health as well as Quran-reading, amongst others. In 2019, she was nominated as Malaysia's candidate for the US Department of State's International Women of Courage award. The award is presented by the US Department of State to acknowledge women around the world who have shown courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment. Currently she is also working as Program Associate at Burma Task Force, to continue to empower the Rohingya community worldwide and advocate for justice for the Rohingya community.

Moe Aung (Maung Phay Thaung) is an activist from the 8888 Uprising started by students in Myanmar on 8 August 1988. He also founded the very first mobile library in Myeik. After the 8888 protests, he moved to Thailand, and from 1993 to 2001, he worked with the publisher Kyay Mone U Thaung producing the revolutionary newspaper Khit Pyaing (New Era). When he left to the United States after the Thai government abolished political refugee camps and safe centers, Moe Aung began dedicating his time and resources to assisting fellow student activists who had also fled their homeland. Now residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he has since continued to affect change from afar and to garner support for Myanmar student activists. In 2011, he started publishing Nay Yar Ta Kar (Everywhere Media) whose main motivation is to serve and support the movement of democracy for Myanmar. In 2017, he was permitted the distribution license of publishing and broadcasting his newsletter in Myanmar, which became the very first non-commercial independent publication for free distribution across the country, disseminated on a monthly to bi-monthly basis. After the 2021 Myanmar coup d’état, local journalists including Nay Yar Ta Kar’s were detained by the military and the newsletter's physical production was put to a halt, forcing it to indefinitely run on social media to ensure the continuation of its free and independent broadcast. Urged by the coup, he actively participates in fundraising events and peaceful protests against the military alongside local Burmese multiethnic groups in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nay Yar Ta Kar can be read here: https://www.facebook.com/nayyartakarjournal/

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 11 am-12:30 pm
Resurgency in Ethiopia's Northern Tigray

This third installment of the HOME Conversations covers the resurgent crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region within the context of pertinent issues within the Horn of Africa. The session will look at the Tigray crisis that has resulted in the internal and external displacement of more than 2 million people and the critical perspectives and resolutions of thinkers, artists, and people that call Tigray and the peninsula their home. We encourage attendees to sign up for both sessions --the first in May is a listening session with experts from the field and the arts, and the second, in June, is a discussion with an action-oriented format to come up with ideas and solutions in a group setting.

About the Participants
Gabrielle Tesfaye is an interdisciplinary artist versed in painting, animation, lm, and design. Her work is rooted in ancient art traditions and cultural storytelling. Tesfaye is a world traveler, having studied and lived in Thailand, Indonesia, India, Ethiopia and Qatar. Born from a Tigrayan father and Jamaican mother, her mixed ancestry and nomadic lifestyle heavily in uences her diverse art styles and cultural narratives. Tesfaye obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tesfaye has been recognized in publications such as BBC and Vogue. She is the founder of Tigray Art Collective, an artist iniatitive aimed to bring awareness and healing around the Tigray genocide. She is currently studying design in Doha, Qatar.

Mahder Tella, MPH, MSBA, is a data scientist, activist, and visual artist who believes art is crucial in empowering people to discover their voices and become catalysts for change. Her purpose for Tigray Art Collective is to use art as a tool to intersect activism, social change, and justice by raising consciousness and challenging all forms of oppression. Mahder dreams of Tigray Art Collective being a physical and virtual place where we share the hidden history of Tigray, all while providing the space and resources to create art, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Mahder's oeuvre encompasses paintings, mandala string portraits, resin sculptures, digital illustration, photography, and various works on paper such as watercolors and collages. Exploring new cities and meeting new people opens up her artistic world.

Fessahaye Mebrahtu was born and raised in Eritrea and has resided in the United States of America since 1983. He is married with three children and currently works as Director of Black Catholic and Ethnic Ministries (serving African/African American, Asian Pacific Island and Native American Catholics), Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His previous positions include Chaplain for Wisconsin Department of Corrections; Executive Director, Pan-African Community Association, (PACA) Milwaukee, WI; Youth and Pastoral Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI and Ge’ez Rite Catholic Church, Washington, DC. For his education, he attained an under graduate degree in philosophy from St. Frumentius Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Asmara, Eritrea, and his graduate degrees include M. Div. and M.A., Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL); and Th.M, Institute of Black Catholic Studies - Xavier University, (New Orleans, LA), alongside taking everal graduate level classes as special student at Department of Africology UW-Milwaukee. Mebrahtu's various board membership roles in the community are not limited to the following: National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA), Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) Hales Corner, WI; National Advisor, Pastoral Care for Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (USCCB-PCMRT) representing Eritrean Ge’ez Rite Apostolate in USA; Internal Review Board (IRB), UW-Milwaukee. He is also a founding member and inaugural president of Association of Eritrean Catholics of Ge’ez Rite in North America (AECGRNA), and member of and assistant secretary of National Association of African Catholics in US (NAACUS), and the Great Lakes Health Equity Advisory Council, Minority Health – HHS Region V (2010-2017).

Haile Berhe hails from Tigray, which as he says, "is the place of my birth" and "the people of Tigray are my people", and whose place and people, he believes, are facing an existential threat. Forty years ago, Berhe arrived in the United States of America alongside his wife and their four-month and two-year old sons from Sudan where he lived as a refugee for over 4 years. During those years, his children were born in the Umgulja refugee camp, about six miles west of the city of Gedaref. Berhe recalls about eighteen months after he and his family left Sudan, over a million of his people perished due to starvation caused by a deliberate government policy of neglect. In his technical career, Berhe is a highly skilled and trained professional, and in 2015, he retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering with an Emeritus status. He had worked as a health informatics researcher in the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS), leading the technology section of their research. From 2015 to 2019, he had the privilege of spending significant periods of time in Tigray where he volunteered and dedicated his efforts to help the Bureau of Education in the State of Tigray. There, he trained high school ICT teachers in web development basics with the purpose of convincing officials to introduce the field as part of the high school curriculum. He also helped the bureau test and evaluate a pilot software to automate high schools student records, the first of its kind. The project was piloted in partnership with the University of Mekelle. Berhe is passionate about the cause of the Tigrayan people, his people, whom he believes are facing a genocidal ethnic cleansing, and only a very small fraction —about sixty five thousand— have been lucky enough to find safety in Sudan.

January 18, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Tuesdays in the Garden

2022 Winter/Spring Session (Jan. 4-May 31): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather or temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced). All 2022 Winter/Spring sessions are full.
2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

January 19, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Lynden-ClaudiaOrjuela-HOMEStorytime

FREE
This is a virtual event.

Join us for a virtual HOME Multilingual Story Time from the comfort of your home. HOME Multilingual Story Time features children’s books written or illustrated by authors, illustrators, and artists who have faced forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants, and come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Designed for children aged 4-8, we believe that reading picture books is a way to share and discuss big ideas with young children. We end each session with an art activity from Lynden art educator Claudia Orjuela. Follow-up activities will be available for download.

Scheduled to screen every third Wednesday of the month, HOME Multilingual Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, Alliance Française de Milwaukee, and Milwaukee African Women's Association. Videos will remain on view once they are posted.

Download our resource handout for parents, teachers, and advanced readers here.

Schedule, Recordings, and Activities

To view previous episodes, click here.
January 19: The Day You Begin, written by Jacqueline Woodson, and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Share, Reflect and Play! [Click here to view or download]

February 16: Who Are We?, written by Anneke Forzani, and illustrated by Maria Russo, read in Burmese and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Share and Reflect! [Click here to view or download]

March 16: Paz/Peace, written by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, and illustrated by Estelí Meza, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Mark the box [Click here to view or download]

April 20: آیا من کوچک هستم؟ /Am I Small?, written by Philipp Winterberg, and illustrated by Nadja Wichmann, read in Dari/Farsi, Pashto and English
Click here to watch the video.

May 18: ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú/Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, written by Sonia Sotomayor, and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.

June 15: Tus Noog Qej Qawg Ntawv/The Paper Crane, written by Molly Bang, and translated by Mao J. Vang, read in Hmong and English
July 20: Señorita Mariposa, written by Ben Gundersheimer, and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero, read in Spanish and English
August 17: Gimanaadenim/You Hold Me Up, written by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel, and translated by Angela Mesic and Margaret Noodin, read in Anishinaabemowin and English
September 21: Vejigante Masquerader, written and illustrated by Lulu Delacre, read in Spanish and English
October 19: Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village, written and illustrated by Sunny Seki, read in Japanese and English
November 16: ?De donde eres/Where Are You From?, written by Yamile Saied Mendez, and illustrated by Jaime Kim
December 21: I'll Build You a Bookcase, written by Jean Ciborowski Fahey, and illustrated by Simone Shin, read in Mandarin and English

January 19, 2022 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesdays, January 12-May 4, 2022 – 3-5 pm

Lynden Art Club

Art club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place to exchange ideas and support and learn from one another. Students will design a long-term independent art project at the beginning of the session and meet for in-progress reviews, take part in creative art challenges, have conversations about contemporary artists and discuss their work with Lynden educators and their peers. Students will present their work at our final art club meeting. Art Club will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Social distancing will be practiced at all times. All participants are required to wear masks. Extra masks will be available for those who need them. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $352/256 members per 16-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 20, 2022 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Art + Nature Lab for Ages 7-11

Winter Session: Thursdays, January 13-March 3, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm
Spring Session: Thursdays, March 10-May 5, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm (no class April 21)

Lynden’s Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Over the course of each eight-week session, art educator Jeremy Stepien will guide you through a series of art challenges and studio projects. Art + Nature Lab will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $176/128 members per 8-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 20, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

4 sessions:
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Click here to download the reading guide.

Fee: Free.
Registration: This discussion takes place via Zoom; advance registration required. Click here to register.

The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction and fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees. In January, we will be embarking on a new book, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Admiring Silence. Newcomers welcome!

Gurnah, the 2021 Nobel Prize laureate in literature, depicts in his fifth novel, Admiring Silence, a native Zanzibar man who flees to England for political safety and meets an English woman whom he builds a life with. After years pass, the protagonist returns to his homeland only to be confronted with a changed landscape. Tanzanian-born Gurnah who is known for his eloquent speech and as one of the most important contemporary postcolonial novelists writing in Britain today, illustrates through fiction, issues of identity and belonging, and in Admiring Silence, the grief and loss of leaving.

We encourage you to read each book in advance (see information below on acquiring the current selection). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. We expect the group to meet monthly, and we will be seeking the input of group members on titles to consider in the future.

As part of our HOME work at Lynden, we are making the book available without charge to book discussion group participants. If you would like us to purchase a copy of the book for you, please indicate this when completing the registration form. We will contact you when the book is available and you will be able to pick it up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

If you prefer to support your local public library by borrowing the book, you can find Milwaukee County libraries here or other local libraries here. If you would like to purchase the book yourself, Boswell Books will be offering it at a 10% discount to book group participants. The book can be purchased at the store (you will find it among the book club selections) or on the Boswell website with the 10% book club discount already applied. We will post that link as soon as we have it. Please check Boswell’s website to check the availability of the book, and to confirm hours and delivery options.

PREVIOUS READINGS
Dina Nayeri's The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You January-February, 2021
Kao Kalia Yang's Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir March-May, 2021
Emmanuel Mbolela's Refugee: A Memoir June-August, 2021
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives September-December 2021

January 22, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:15pm

A three-part Virtual Workshop

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Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm
Saturday, February 5, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm

Fee: $100 / $25 for those who have applied for the Nohl Fellowship or Suitcase Export Award in the past five years and request a waiver.
Registration: Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794. Please note: your registration is not confirmed until you receive and complete payment of an invoice.

The Lynden is offering a series of professional skill-building workshops as part of the support for local artists we provide through the Nohl Fellowship program. Designed by and for artists, the workshops address frequently voiced needs.

Having an online presence has never been so important for artists. This three-part workshop offers practical information and tools for creating your website whether you are starting from scratch or have a pre-existing site in need of updating. Participants will learn how to prioritize goals for their website, determine potential audiences, and prepare work and other documentation. We will walk through deciding whether to self-design or hire a professional, and we will take a look at the many web host options. Whether your ideal website is one page with highly focused content or a comprehensive archive, the workshop offers dos and don’ts to effectively communicate with your audience.

The final 45 minutes of each session will be divided into three one-on-one sessions with Druecke. Each session will last up to 15 minutes and will help you strategize the best approach for your needs. This is an opportunity to share your current website or website ideas with the instructor for further guidance. All participants are welcome to observe these sessions.

Participants will receive a digital, take-away package of information that recaps workshop content and serves as an ongoing resource for developing and maintaining your website.

About Paul Druecke
Paul Druecke created his first website in 1998 as an extension of his influential “Social Event Archive” (1997 – 2007), which was exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2017. The project foreshadowed social media’s now familiar blurring of personal and public history. Andrew Goldstein, writing on Artspace.com, says, “A Social Event Archive is viewed as having prefigured social sites like Instagram by inviting people to give him personal snapshots that he then displayed.” Since those early days of self-taught html coding, Druecke’s website has evolved as an archive of his studio production and interest in reaching new audiences.

Druecke's work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. A co-authored discussion of his work is anthologized in Blackwell and Wiley's Companion to Public Art (2016). He received a Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2010. Druecke has published two books with Green Gallery Press, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010). His work has been featured in Camera Austria and InterReview, and written about in Artforum, Art in America, Artnet.com, and Metropolis.com.

January 23, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Fee: $110/$99 members (all materials included)
Registration: Due to concerns about the Omicron variant, this workshop has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

In-person safety precautions:
Social distancing will be practiced at all times. All participants are required to wear masks. Extra masks will be available for those who need them.

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.

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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.

January 25, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Tuesdays in the Garden

2022 Winter/Spring Session (Jan. 4-May 31): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions will meet outdoors whenever possible. However, in the event of inclement weather or temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will move indoors (adults and children ages 2 and up masked, socially distanced). All 2022 Winter/Spring sessions are full.
2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

January 26, 2022 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesdays, January 12-May 4, 2022 – 3-5 pm

Lynden Art Club

Art club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place to exchange ideas and support and learn from one another. Students will design a long-term independent art project at the beginning of the session and meet for in-progress reviews, take part in creative art challenges, have conversations about contemporary artists and discuss their work with Lynden educators and their peers. Students will present their work at our final art club meeting. Art Club will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Social distancing will be practiced at all times. All participants are required to wear masks. Extra masks will be available for those who need them. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $352/256 members per 16-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 27, 2022 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Art + Nature Lab for Ages 7-11

Winter Session: Thursdays, January 13-March 3, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm
Spring Session: Thursdays, March 10-May 5, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm (no class April 21)

Lynden’s Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Over the course of each eight-week session, art educator Jeremy Stepien will guide you through a series of art challenges and studio projects. Art + Nature Lab will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden, masked and socially distanced.

In-person safety precautions:
Masks required for adults and children ages 2 and up per CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $176/128 members per 8-week session
Registration: Group size is limited. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register online now.

January 29, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:15pm

A three-part Virtual Workshop

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Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm
Saturday, February 5, 2022 – 1-3:15 pm

Fee: $100 / $25 for those who have applied for the Nohl Fellowship or Suitcase Export Award in the past five years and request a waiver.
Registration: Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794. Please note: your registration is not confirmed until you receive and complete payment of an invoice.

The Lynden is offering a series of professional skill-building workshops as part of the support for local artists we provide through the Nohl Fellowship program. Designed by and for artists, the workshops address frequently voiced needs.

Having an online presence has never been so important for artists. This three-part workshop offers practical information and tools for creating your website whether you are starting from scratch or have a pre-existing site in need of updating. Participants will learn how to prioritize goals for their website, determine potential audiences, and prepare work and other documentation. We will walk through deciding whether to self-design or hire a professional, and we will take a look at the many web host options. Whether your ideal website is one page with highly focused content or a comprehensive archive, the workshop offers dos and don’ts to effectively communicate with your audience.

The final 45 minutes of each session will be divided into three one-on-one sessions with Druecke. Each session will last up to 15 minutes and will help you strategize the best approach for your needs. This is an opportunity to share your current website or website ideas with the instructor for further guidance. All participants are welcome to observe these sessions.

Participants will receive a digital, take-away package of information that recaps workshop content and serves as an ongoing resource for developing and maintaining your website.

About Paul Druecke
Paul Druecke created his first website in 1998 as an extension of his influential “Social Event Archive” (1997 – 2007), which was exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2017. The project foreshadowed social media’s now familiar blurring of personal and public history. Andrew Goldstein, writing on Artspace.com, says, “A Social Event Archive is viewed as having prefigured social sites like Instagram by inviting people to give him personal snapshots that he then displayed.” Since those early days of self-taught html coding, Druecke’s website has evolved as an archive of his studio production and interest in reaching new audiences.

Druecke's work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. A co-authored discussion of his work is anthologized in Blackwell and Wiley's Companion to Public Art (2016). He received a Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2010. Druecke has published two books with Green Gallery Press, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010). His work has been featured in Camera Austria and InterReview, and written about in Artforum, Art in America, Artnet.com, and Metropolis.com.


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