Exhibit & Event: When Home Won't Let You Stay

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Want to be an active part of this event? Let us know! We are seeking 12 community narrators to read at this event. If interested, email us at communications@oppl.org.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a multimedia art experience focused on reclaiming our empathetic imagination toward displaced people groups.

• See select pieces from the full exhibit in the Main Library Idea Box. No registration necessary. More: https://jamesbowey.atavist.com/home

• Join your neighbors, community narrators, musicians, and the artist on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room. Register now!

The exhibition is the product of documentary artist James A. Bowey, who traveled the country collecting the stories and photos of refugees living in America. The penetrating portraits, alongside first-person accounts presented as found poems, share the devastating stories of violence and loss that permeate the refugee experience, challenging us to consider our role in building supportive and welcoming communities for refugees around the world.

As part of this exhibition, Bowey will lead a live community event to consider the experiences of refugees and our responses to the needs of displaced people around the world. Accompanied by live music and narrators from the community, he will present more photographs, stories and reflections from When Home Won't Let You Stay, then lead a community conversation about how current refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the empathetic imagination in our civic life.

This compelling talk explores how we can bear witness in a contentious world, and awaken our imagination to the possibilities of hope, justice, and human connection.

Event Type(s): Arts & Culture, Learn & Connect, Civic Learning
Age Group(s): Adults, Older Adults, High School
David J. Seleb
(708) 383-8200 ext. 0

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