Events Calendar

Thursday, June 20 2024

June 20, 2024 - 11:30am - 2:00pm


Milwaukee City Hall, 200 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

This June 20, join the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families – Bureau of Refugee Programs and Lynden’s HOME program to celebrate World Refugee Day, and our refugee communities, through art, food, fashion, and poetry and performance, in Milwaukee’s beautiful City Hall.

Community youth leaders Biak Tha Hlawn (Chin) and Khatera Nazari (Hazara, Afghan) will serve as co-masters of ceremonies.

The day’s program includes the presentation of the City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Declaration for Milwaukee’s World Refugee Day by Bernadette Karanja, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Milwaukee and welcomes from Bojana Zorić Martinez, Director, Bureau of Refugee Programs, and Wisconsin State Refugee Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Jon Ward, Board Member of the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee; Chris Her-Xiong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hmong American Peace Academy; representatives from refugee resettlement agencies; and others.

There will be readings and performances by members of local refugee communities, including South Division Multicultural Club and Ukrainian Dance Ensemble; and an art activity table will be organized by Lynden’s HOME Be the Change! 2023-2024 art and leadership cohort of young women and girls from Milwaukee’s refugee communities.

Our annual exhibition of work by local refugee children and youth will be on display in the City Hall Rotunda from June 12 through 20 and will move to Lynden for its June 22 World Refugee Day celebration. Special thanks to the Hmong American Peace Academy, the International Newcomer Center at Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Clement J. Zablocki School and others.

Food trucks in attendance include Amir’s Roti (Rohingya) and Isa’s Ice Cream (Mexican).

June 20, 2024 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Fee: $30/$25 members
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.


Join artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp and collaborator Sevan Arabajian for the annual summer solstice sound bath. The evening will begin with a sound bath underneath two beautiful trees, led by Sevan. Then, participants are invited to set intentions for this new season and join Jenna in the labyrinth for a sunset candle walk.

Sound baths are an ancient form of healing and deep meditation; they include various ambient sounds and frequencies playing in a space where you can hear and experience their vibrations moving through you. Everyone’s experience will be different; unique as you are, and according to what is needed most at the time. Your sound facilitator for the evening will be Milwaukee’s own Sevan Arabajian-Ries, musician, ritualist, spiritual guide, and relational counselor.

The sound bath lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. We recommend arriving 15 minutes ahead of time to give yourself time to set up and prepare. Please bring something to rest on and to cover yourself with (if you think you’ll want that) for the duration, and dress appropriately for the weather. The labyrinth walk takes place on a hill so please consider comfortable footwear as well. A little insect repellent may be in order, too. Candles are provided and you are invited to bring your own.

2024 Sound Bath Schedule
Thursday, May 23, 2024
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Sunday, July 21, 2024
Monday, August 19, 2024
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Wednesday, October 2, 2024

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