Events Calendar

May 3, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): 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.

May 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am

EphemeralWalk


Fee: $20/$16 members
Registration: Register in person day-of or by phone at 414-446-8794.

Join horticulturist Justine Miller on a plant walk through Lynden's grounds with a primary focus on Wisconsin native spring ephemerals. These plants are the earliest flowers to bloom and keep their growing season brief as they take advantage of full sunlight in the bare woods. Participants will learn about their ecology, cultivation, and how they can promote these beautiful species in their own yards.

About Justine Miller
Justine Miller is a horticulturist with a background in landscape design and public gardens. As a designer her emphasis is on the utilization of Wisconsin-native plants, recreating natural communities or in combination with nonnative specimens, to create beautiful and ecologically functional gardens. She currently works as the Desert Dome Horticulturist at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy.

May 8, 2022 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Photo: Sarah Zimmerman

Fee: $10/$5 members. Space is limited; advance registration required. Click here to register. Please note: online registration closes for each session the Friday before. You can register by phone at 414-446-8794 or in person day-of.

Join birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month (except October, when the walk is on the third Sunday) 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.

May 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

A Workshop with Leslie Perrino

Silk Scarf Painting with Leslie Perrino

Fee: $100/ $85 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed.

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.

Grab your mother and bring her along for this daylong workshop that will explore easy and artful ways to apply dye to pre-hemmed silk scarves. From simple techniques such as tie-dyeing, resist and salt, to interesting ways to make marks, we’ll let ourselves be inspired by the wonderful art and nature surrounding us at Lynden.

Each student will create three wearable and uniquely painted scarves using this centuries-old painting form. No experience required, and all materials supplied. Remember: using dyes can be messy. We'll supply you with an apron, but please wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained.

Bring a bag lunch and beverages.

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.

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

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2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): 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.

May 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, 2022. Photo: © Tony Turner.

If you are interested in performing, please register for the information session here. Come prepared to listen, converse, and move.

Reggie Wilson and his company are returning to Lynden this summer for the third episode in a relationship that began many years ago. Working from a model we developed with the choreographer, his company, and the Milwaukee community in 2015, when we reimagined MOSES(es), and refined in 2018, when we remade CITIZEN, Wilson will complete the trilogy by reimagining POWER, his latest work, for outdoor performance at the Lynden. POWER will be reworked to integrate a large intergenerational cast of local dancers and community members. POWER, like the previous productions, will take place within a constellation of related CALL & RESPONSE programs celebrating the radical Black imagination.

Those who wish to participate in POWER need to be available for daily rehearsals (M-F, 6-8 pm) from July 25-August 12, with performance the afternoon of August 13. Additional rehearsal time required August 11 and August 12. Performers will receive a stipend.

If you are an older dancer, mover, or community member, who would like to participate, please contact us at pmorris@lyndensculpturegarden.org or 414-446-8794.

Questions? Email pmorris@lyndensculpturegarden.org with “POWER” in the subject line.

May 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

FREE

World Bonsai Day is for sharing the peaceful, living art of bonsai and advancing international friendship and goodwill throughout the world. We celebrate World Bonsai Day by re-opening the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden. Visitors are welcome to stop by the bonsai patio to observe world-class bonsai artist Suthin Sukosolvisit as he conducts a workshop for the bonsai volunteers who staff the pavilion at Lynden. Suthin will focus on refinement of the exhibit bonsai: the skills to keep “finished” trees looking their best are very different from those needed to develop a new bonsai. Born in Thailand, Suthin and his wife operate the Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

Thereafter, the Bonsai Pavilion, which houses the collection of the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation, will be open to the public Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am-4 pm, and by appointment, from May to October.

May 14, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Photo: Kim Khaira

Upcoming sessions:
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Fee: Free.
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Click here to register.

Native herbalist and artist-in-residence Angela Kingsawan of Yenepa Herbs leads a series of guided tours of Lynden's narrative gardens. There are several gardens at Lynden that tell stories of specific cultures and moments in history. Join us each month for a fun and informative outing to learn about the plants identified and cultivated by Kingsawan that hold significance as food, medicine, and tradition within the exchange and migration of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous communities.

About Angela Kingsawan
Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. She has been a Community Health Worker for many years and draws on her experience as an herbalist, yogini, reiki practitioner, full-spectrum doula, writer, artist, and mother to help uplift Communities of Culture throughout Wisconsin. 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. 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. Angela’s residency project at Lynden, Materia Medica of the Ancients: Connecting to Beauty, Blessings, and Breath draws on her personal journey of decolonization and cross-cultural learning to honor Indigenous teachings from around the globe.

May 14, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Sessions
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 2-3:30 pm

Fee: $10/$5 members per session
Registration: Registration is closed.

Join choreographer and artist-in-residence Daniel Burkholder for an experiential workshop exploring the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden through practices of presence.

From September 2020 through May 2021 Burkholder was on site weekly (1-2+ hours) using various mindfulness and movement exercises to create On-Site: Lynden, a dance-on-video. In this workshop, Burkholder will lead a walk around the grounds, giving participants an opportunity to explore some of these practices themselves. These simple mindfulness exercises focus on developing a greater connection to place, as well as cultivating ease of mind and body. Different exercises will be shared in each of the two workshops; feel free to sign up for either one or for both. Dress comfortably for moving outdoors.

About the Artist
Daniel Burkholder choreographs, improvises, performs, teaches, designs lights for theatrical performances, and practices the Feldenkrais Method and Mindfulness. His choreographic/improvisational work spans theatrical performances, site-specific events, immersive media, and screendance, and has been presented at numerous venues throughout North America and internationally. His current work includes: On-Site, a series of embodied screendance experiments; Embodied Truth: finding ways to move together, a collaboration with Kimani Fowlin examining race and gender through the lens of parenting; and, act/re/act, a podcast exploring improvisation through conversations with remarkable artists. Burkholder is currently an associate professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the director of the MFA in Dance program.

May 14, 2022 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Photo: Daniel McCullough

FREE

There can be no reconciliation and healing without remembering the past.
— Bryan Stephenson

Join artist Scott Alves Barton for an artist talk about his current Lynden exhibition, Buried in the Heart: A Repast for Angels and Martyrs. A reception will follow the talk.

A major aspect of honoring the dead and the living is encapsulated in the foods and meals of mourning, ebó (offertory), sacraments, and gustatory rites for both entities. The repast is foundational as a site of memory to generate a protocol that fosters and enshrines collective memory. Our repast rites for the dead are concurrently touchstones for the living: providing a bridge between the realms, and an ongoing dialogue with our heritage traditions. In this exhibition of artefacts and video, food scholar and chef Scott Barton has created a literal and symbolic repast that individually and archetypically honors the deaths of Ahmaud “Maud” Arbery, Breonna Shaquelle Taylor, and George Perry Floyd Jr., and the maiming of Jacob S. Blake Jr. By creating and sharing a meal we also honor the multitude of individuals killed by state sponsored or private violence. This repast, begun during the hard lockdown, focuses on dishes that the four individuals would have enjoyed eating or cooking. The repast was shared with four of Barton’s neighbors--Charles Daniel Dawson, Marie Dutton Brown, John Pinderhughes, and John Dowell, all Harlem elders--also in the roles of individuals and archetypes. Within their lives and their works, these four individuals are dedicated to civil rights, Black culture, the politics of identity and respect for Black life, and restorative justice.

The exhibition remains on view through May 29.

This is a Call & Response event.

May 15, 2022 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

A Walk with Claudia Orjuela

Sessions:
Friday, February 18, 2022 – 6:30-8 pm, just-past-full snow moon
Friday, March 18, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm, full worm moon
Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 7:30-9 pm, full pink moon
Sunday, May 15, 2022 – 7:30-9 pm, full blood moon

Fee: $10 per session/$5 per session for Lynden members. Children under 6 are free.
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794. Please note: the May 15 walk is currently full. Complete online registration to be added to the waitlist. We will notify you via email if a spot becomes available.
We will make a final decision about running each moon walk after checking the forecast on the morning of the walk. High winds, extreme temperatures, and precipitation beyond a light drizzle will lead to the cancellation of a walk. If we cancel a walk due to weather conditions, you will receive a full refund.

Come walk Lynden's grounds with 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 moon. A bonfire and treats await at the end.

May 17, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): 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.

May 19, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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4 sessions, 7-8:30 pm:
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022

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 May, we will be embarking on a new book, Homeira Qaderi’s Dancing in the Mosque, translated by Zaman Stanizai. Newcomers welcome!

Dancing in the Mosque is an inspiring memoir about one mother’s unimaginable choice in the face of oppression and abuse in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother’s searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind. In telling her story—and that of Afghan women—Homeira challenges you to reconsider the meaning of motherhood, sacrifice, and survival. Her story asks you to consider the lengths you would go to protect yourself, your family, and your dignity.

Dr. Homeira Qaderi is a women’s rights activist originally from Afghanistan. She has published six books in Afghanistan and Iran, some of which have received prestigious awards. Dancing in the Mosque is her first book in English.

We encourage you to read each section in advance (see information below on acquiring the current book). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. The group meets monthly, and we seek 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
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Admiring Silence January- April, 2022

May 21, 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.

May 21, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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Free.

Join land team dogs Floyd and Broonzy on our May Dog Day for a tour of Lynden’s choicest sticks. This activity is designed for dogs and people who get along with others.

About 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?

You can access the complete programming schedule for Summer 2022 Dog Days here.

May 21, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

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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
They fought for education in Afghanistan. Now in Milwaukee, these 9 young women hope to achieve the dreams they nearly lost, May 13, 2022, link
How Afghan Evacuees Have Enriched Wisconsin's Workforce Despite Barriers for Immigrant Labor, May 9, 2022, link
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.

May 21, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Fee: $20/$16 members
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Click here to register online.

Stroll Lynden’s grounds with herbalist Kyle Denton and discover the bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world.

About Kyle Denton
Kyle Denton is an herbalist and owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary, a local clinical herbal practice and medicine-making company. Denton applies his knowledge of Ayurveda and traditional western herbalism by creating a variety of herbal medicine preparations from locally wildcrafted plants; teaching courses; and offering clinical consultations.

May 24, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): 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.

May 25, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Fee: Free.
Registration: Advance registration required. Click here to register online. Work days are weather dependent.

Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson--for a garden work day on Lynden’s grounds. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.

May 31, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Fee: Free.
Registration: Advance registration required. Click here to register online. Work days are weather dependent.

Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson--for a work day in Lynden’s natural areas. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.

May 31, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): 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.


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