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Friday featured the opening an incredible exhibit at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens featuring photos by refugees across Philadelphia, and will stay open through August 26.
A number of refugees around Philadelphia were given cameras and asked to take pictures of whatever reminded them of home or they considered to be an important reflection of America or American culture. The resulting exhibit provides short statements explaining why they took the photos, and is a powerful, moving testament of the relationship between refugees, American society, and the homes they fled from.
The exhibit is one of the projects being led by the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, a group of resettlement agencies, mental health providers, physicians and arts organizations working to link refugees to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care. HIAS Pennsylvania serves as one of the core partners, along with Lutheran Children and Family Service (Lead), Nationalities Service Center, Nemours Pediatrics, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Care and BuildaBridge. Additional partners include: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine and Hall Mercer.
For more about the show and the purpose of the Collaborative, check out this great article from March on philly.com.
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens website.