The Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson’s Refugees

I volunteer with the Hopi Foundation’s Owl and Panther Project, an expressive arts program for Tucson refugee families, and for the past three years, the program has been collaborating with the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) on sculpture, painting, photography, and other projects.

Last night I got an early peek at one of the results of that collaboration: The Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson’s Refugees, an exhibit of participants’ work that opens at TMA next month.

You guys, it’s wonderful. Even after watching many of these pieces being created, I wasn’t prepared for the pure magic of seeing them all brought together. If you’re in Tucson, you don’t want to miss this–for the beauty of the work itself, and also for the chance to hear/see the voices of some of Tucson’s newest residents.

The exhibit officially opens is July 19, 6-8 p.m., and many of the artists will be there that night. Come then, or make time for the museum any time through to mid-September as the work remains on display.

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