“Finding Home” celebrates local immigrants and their stories through photography

Twelve local photographers were each partnered with a different local family. The assignment was to focus on an object that the family has kept close throughout the long journey from their first home to their current home.

From anecdotes shared about these well-traveled objects, we learn a little bit about our neighbors, their countries, and why they had to leave their homes. This sampling of stories is offered to create awareness of a very diverse, often misunderstood, but usually ignored segment of our community.

Aurora Public Art presents “Finding Home” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. Celebrate the show opening with refugees sharing foods from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Myanmar. Third Floor Gallery of Aurora Public Art at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.

Participating families have come from places including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Myanmar, Latvia, and Mexico. Photographed by Jason Arthur, Randy Benzie, Margaret Byrne, Alfredo Castil, Donnell Collins, Juan Fernandez, Monique Jiminez, Christopher Krause, Toty Pix, Nick Thompson, and Lauren Vago. 

On October 20 from 1o a.m. to noon will be a Moth Radio Hour type event, with short stories told by a handful of refugees, followed by coffee and pastries.

Closing reception is November 2 with a Dia de los Muertos party from 6 to 9 p.m. with hot cocoa, tamales, music, and paper crafts.

Free and family-friendly. Donations encouraged.

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