HOME: Conversations on Displacement and the Arts

Repeats every day until Sat Sep 14 2019 . Also includes Sat Nov 16 2019, Sat Feb 15 2020, Sat Apr 18 2020.
September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
February 15, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
April 18, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Family Free Day: Home
June 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Free.

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Lynden is participating in Welcoming Week (September 13-22, 2019), a program of Welcoming America that enlists organizations around the country to welcome new immigrants and refugees into their new communities, by launching a series of Conversations on Displacement and the Arts. These conversations among artists, scholars, and community activists will continue the work begun with our first annual refugee celebration, HOME this past June, and will focus attention on these communities as we prepare for the second HOME celebration, scheduled for June 20, 2020. As with similar conversations at Lynden, we will look at displacement broadly, as both an internal and an external phenomenon: from the experiences of refugees and immigrants coming to the United States to those of Indigenous, enslaved, and interned populations within this country. In the spirit of Welcoming Week, and Lynden’s commitment to inclusivity, all of these conversations are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Panels

September 14, 2019: Participants in the first panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Hasina Begum Ashraf Mia, David Najib Kasir, Angela Kingsawan, and Open Kitchen (Alyx Christensen and Rudy Medina). Scroll down for more information on the participants.

November 16, 2019: Participants in the second panel, moderated by artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, include Sheila Badwan, Kai Gardner-Mishlove, Kevin J. Miyazaki, and Evelyn Patricia Terry.

February 15, 2020: Info TBD.

April 18, 2020: Info TBD.

About the Participants

Hasina Begum Ashraf Mia is a Rohingya refugee community leader from Myanmar/Malaysia. Prior to resettling to Milwaukee, Hasina was the head and supervisor of a refugee kindergarten learning center under the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign. Through leading this work, Hasina played a pivotal role in developing strategy and approaches to case management, community health clinics, resettlement issues, and arrest and detention faced by her community. In Milwaukee, Hasina continues to lead, organize, and support community initiatives and events, including advising community advocates on refugee issues, presenting Rohingya/Burmese/Malaysian cuisine for Tables Across Borders, organizing and participating in community fashion shows and celebrations, co-coordinating Lynden's HOME event for World Refugee Week, and impacting and involving community members in the arts. Through her life's work, and inspired by the active Lynden community, Hasina's interests and involvement include batiking with textile artist Arianne King Comer and community worker/artist Kim Khaira, modelling for Rosemary Ollison's Beyond Fashion show, and building the refugee and immigrant community through HOME.

David Najib Kasir is a Milwaukee-based artist. His mother is Syrian and his father was Iraqi. He lived in Syria as a child and returned for visits after relocating to the United States. His current work deals with the refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war. https://davidnajibkasir.com/home.html

Kim M Khaira is a community worker and artist based in Milwaukee from Penang, Malaysia, whose current work draws on the sense of home, creating home, and of making “sense” of the literal and abstract. She is exploring these themes in Pulang Balik: I Am Going Home Too her residency project at Lynden.

Angela Kingsawan is an Indigenous person of Raramuri, Tigua, and Mexica descent. 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 to impact and empower communities of color. By providing decolonized education, seed exchanges, and growing culturally significant plants in an urban setting, Angela strives to help community members remember their cultural ways of being. She currently works as a garden manager at a local Milwaukee non-profit in the neighborhood she grew up in and has been an herbalist in her community for over 20 years. https://www.yenepaherbals.com/

Open Kitchen is organized by Rudy Medina and Alyx Christensen. The project engages critical conversations on food, society and culture, local and at-large. By organizing food-related socials, seasonal residencies, counter-disciplinary collaborations, and satellite installations, conversations are collected, collaged, and open to the public.

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.

Kai Gardner Mishlove has a BA in Political Science from Boston University with graduate studies in Public Health from the University of Illinois. She is active in many communities and has served on the boards of Hillel Milwaukee, the JCRC of Milwaukee, the Friendship Circle, NCJW Milwaukee, SEA Literacy Project, Hands and Voices, and various disability rights groups. She is a graduate of the Selah JOC Cohort 15 Leadership Program of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership For Justice and the Milwaukee Outreach Director for Edot: the Midwest Jewish Diversity Project. She has a long history of advocating for various marginalized and vulnerable communities. Kai is employed in the healthcare industry improving healthcare delivery and patient health outcomes. She was one of the organizers of Refugee Women's Zumba and other refugee health and wellness projects at the Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic. She volunteers and develops projects extensively with refugee, immigrant, and differently abled populations. Kai’s latest project organized with friends is “Tables Across Borders,” a collaborative global pop-up dining experience highlighting the cuisines of refugee communities resettled in the Milwaukee area. Kai is a very proud stepmother and mother of four adult children. One of her children is Deaf. Kai’s hobbies include bikes and motorcycles, gardening, music, and art. Kai feels very strongly about the importance of building global bridges between cultures and the promotion of inclusive, diverse communities.

Kevin J. Miyazaki is an artist and photographer living in Milwaukee. His artwork often addresses issues of family history, migration and memory. Of particular interest is the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War ll, which uprooted his father’s family and sent them from Tacoma, Washington to camps in California and Wyoming. Miyazaki’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. A current exhibition of his photography and sculpture is on view November 5-January 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha.

Milwaukee-based artist Evelyn Patricia Terry, began her art quest in the late 1960s as a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is the founder of the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery, located in her home at 2522 N. 18th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a full-time professional artist, Terry has explored diverse themes including race, religion, and relationships. Her MFA degree in printmaking assisted her with amassing editions of images as well as many monoprints and monotypes that she now repurposes into artists’ books, installations, and mixed media drawings focusing on “being American.” In the mid 1980s, her focus expanded to include health, after reading a book explaining the impact of “enzymes from raw food” as an important benefit in gaining and maintaining radiant health. This she knows benefits all humanity. Her world travels and constant news reports provide her with an understanding of the misuse of power and the perpetuation of prejudice as tools that negatively impact high percentages of people--despite their heritage, country of origins, religious beliefs, or economic status. Seeking a good place to live physically and emotionally, Terry discovered peace in her home--through her art career, her health practices, and by continually developing friendships with productive people from global backgrounds.


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