Family Free Day: Home

June 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Family Free Day: Home


Free Transportation
We will be running free shuttle buses (First Student) back and forth between four pick-up points and Lynden:
Route A. Starting at South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Boulevard (parking lot); first pick-up: 9 am.
Route B. Starting at Harrison Park, 2567 S. 12th St.; first pick-up 9:30 am
Route C. Starting behind the Islamic Society of Milwaukee (pick-up is 4961 S. 14th St.); first pick-up: 9 am.
Route D. Starting at Bethune Academy, 1535 N. 35th St. (parking lot); first pick-up: 9 am.
While the buses will be going back and forth all day, we do not have a set schedule for subsequent pick-ups. To find out when the next pick-up will occur at your stop, please call 414-446-8794 and let us know which route you need information for.

There is parking at Lynden for those who are driving. If the lot fills up, you can drop people off and park at the Park & Ride just west of the 1-94 Brown Deer Road exit. This is a 1.4-mile walk from Lynden.

“Home” is the theme for a community-led Free Family Day coordinated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira and Rohingya refugee leader Hasinah Begum. Working together with other refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies, we are building a space of leading, of coming together, and of celebrating refugees. This free outdoor festival celebrates Milwaukee’s refugee communities through art, food, and performance. We invite you to come to the table and to leave with your bellies and hearts full.

• Sample food, crafts, and performances under the big tent or on Lynden’s grounds
• Try wax-resist dyeing with Arianne King Comer and take home a T-shirt
• Make “home” buttons and view images of “home” submitted by community members
• Draw ethnic dolls with Evelyn Patricia Terry
• Learn about seed sovereignty and participate in a seed exchange
• Take a bird walk or tour the labyrinth
• Visit the henna booth for some adornment
• Learn about refugee wellness activities (and have your blood pressure screened)
• Take a break in our book corner for some story time and to sign up for Milwaukee Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
• Learn about refugee services, volunteer opportunities, and the 2020 census

Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds, visit the Bonsai Exhibit, and explore our indoor and outdoor exhibitions Bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees. Water and soda will be available for purchase.

This is a Call & Response event.


10 am-4 pm Exhibitors
10 am-4 pm Arianne King Comer: IBILE! Ancestral Call in Cloth
10 am-4 pm Evelyn Patricia Terry: Drawing the Dolls
10 am-4 pm Scott Barton & Portia Cobb: Lizzie & Eliza: The Storied Land and the Storied Plate
10 am-4 pm Angela Kingsawan: Seed Exchange
10 am-1 pm Morning Program of Performances and Speakers
10:30 am Bird Walk with Chuck Stebelton
12 noon Bird Walk with Chuck Stebelton
1-4 pm Afternoon Program of Performances and Speakers
2-4 pm Labyrinth Tours with Jenna Knapp

Golden Melody Band (U.S.A) – Burmese
Abebech Jima, Ethiopian coffee buna ceremony
Rohingya children’s Nasyid led by Rahena Binti Aziz Rahman
Laotian dances, African dance, and Indian dance by South Division Multicultural Club led by Ms Manee Jadolon
Traditional Palestinian dabka dance and music, organized by Sheila Badwan, Hanan Refugee Relief

Polly Morris, Lynden Sculpture Garden
Hasinah Begum, Rohingya refugee community leader
Kim Khaira, artist-in-residence/community worker
Arthur Edumakono Zetho, Zetho Foundation - Somali
Sumeya Osman – Somali

Golden Melody Music Band (U.S.A) – Burmese
Burmese dance organized by Moe Aung and Golden Melody Band (U.S.A)
Mon (Burmese) dance organized by Ko Pa, Moe Aung, and Golden Melody Band (U.S.A)

Kai Mishlove, Aurora Walker’s Point/HIAS/Tables Across Borders
Elena Gonzales Walker, Social Security Administration
Kassim Hussein Rajab, Madison Refugee Union (MRU) – Congolese
Paula Lorant, daughter of Holocaust survivor Eugene Lorant, National Council of Jewish Women
Jamaluddin Bin Sayedullah, Rohingya refugee advocate

Scott Barton and Portia Cobb: Lizzie & Eliza: The Storied Land and the Storied Plate
Chef and food scholar Scott Barton and interdisciplinary artist Portia Cobb invite you out to Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities (Folayemi Wilson) and Lizzie’s Garden (Cobb) for some tasting.

Arianne King Comer: IBILE! Ancestral Call in Cloth
South Carolina-based textile artist and indigo advocate Arianne King Comer launches her open-air dyeing studio. Drop-in to learn wax-resist dyeing techniques (T-shirts will be available for donation, or you can bring your own cotton or silk garments to dye).

Angela Kingsawan: Seed Exchange
Native herbalist Angela Kingsawan (Yanepa Herbs and Core/El Centro) invites you to bring culturally significant seeds to exchange among community members who want to preserve and promote healthy food and culture.

Jenna Knapp: Labyrinth Tours
Artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp, Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden, leads tours of the work-in-progress labyrinth. Sign up for the Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden and learn about Labyrinth Work Days.

Chuck Stebelton: Bird Walk
Poet and artist-in-residence Chuck Stebelton leads two bird walks on Lynden’s grounds.

Evelyn Patricia Terry: Drawing the Dolls
Join Evelyn Patricia Terry in the gallery for an all-ages drop-in drawing workshop. Draw the dolls from Terry’s ethnic doll collection, featured in her exhibition, America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!)

Abebech Jima: Ethiopian food
Aisan Food Market: Burmese store goods
Angela Kingsawan, Yanepa Herbs & CORE/El Centro: Seed sovereignty & seed exchange
Aurora Walker’s Point Community Center: Refugee wellness activities, blood pressure screening
Catholic Charities: Register for citizenship classes
Eric Kleppe, Palante Visuals: Buttonmaking
Frey Faris: African crafts & spices
Golden Melody Music Band (U.S.A) & Moe Aung: Burmese traditional items & information
Hanan Refugee Relief (Syrian community & Palestinian community): Traditional food & crafts and hands-on artmaking
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)/Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC): Refugee resettlement information and the history of Jewish refugees in Milwaukee
Henna Multicultural Booth (Somali & Rohingya)
Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA), Paul Vang, & Ashley Xiong: 2020 Census, 2020 Election, Hmong snacks
International Institute of Wisconsin: Refugee resettlement, immigration and naturalization, and interpretation and translation services
Jennat Begum: Myanmar & Malaysian traditional clothes, hijab, jewellery and batik
Jewish Family Services: Social Services for Russian Speakers Program
Khatizha Syed Dollah, Hasna Mohd Ali & Hasinah Begum Ashraf Mia: handmade cloth bags
LUNA –Latinas Unidas En Las Artes: Hands-on artmaking
Lutheran Social Services: Refugee information and resettlement services
Milwaukee Health Department
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition/Islamic Resource Center: Book corner, story time & library card registration; program information
Milwaukee Public Library-Tippecanoe Library: Book corner & story time
MTO Shahmaghsoudi-Milwaukee: Persian finger food, books, hands-on artmaking
National Council of Jewish Women-Milwaukee: hands-on origami activity
Nyota Musimbwa: Handmade bags
Public Allies Milwaukee: Job opportunities and food-sharing
SEA Literacy: Literacy Tutoring Program
Sumeya Osman & Madina Moyo: Somali food samples & handicrafts
Tables Across Borders, Kai Mishlove

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