Friday Feature: Diaspora and the Arts

burmese exhibitA 2016 Textile Museum exhibit, Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora, will feature works selected from a call for submissions happening right now.

These few phrases from the exhibition description will sound very familiar.

Diasporas may come about to escape…violence, oppression, or even genocide…has both positive and negative consequences…impacts every aspect of their life…The sudden displacement of large populations requires a worldwide response.,,Communities include…people fleeing from genocide in Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Iraq, Syria; and the indigenous people of North and South America.

How cool would it be to see a refugee artist represented in a national exhibition that adds to the immigration conversation we’re all a part of on the front lines?

Read more about the selection process and concept here and here.  It’s a long shot, but spreading the word is the first step to seeing a talented weaver, quilter, knitter or other textile artist from a refugee background have a chance to enter.






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