August 4th: Refuge in the Valley: Portraits of Hope

CWS Harrisonburg’s 6th Annual Photo Show

Refuge in the Valley: Portraits of Hope introduces the Shenandoah Valley community to some of our refugee neighbors through beautiful introspective portraits. Please Join us for an evening of community, music, refreshments, and learning about how these families fit into the bigger picture of immigration in the Valley. Portraits of Hope is presented by Church World Service and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and photographed by Ernie Didot, Amelia Eliza, and Howard Zehr.

Opening Night Reception will be held August 4th from 5-8pm at the 292 N. Gallery. View photos on opening night, or Saturdays in August from 11am-2pm.

Location:  292 North Liberty St. Harrisonburg VA

For more information about this event, contact sacoleman@cwsglobal.org or 540-217-4600.

August 25th: Refuge in the Valley: A Community Conversation

Join CWS staff and humanities scholars Jennifer Byrne and Lisa Porter for a conversation about what it means to be a refugee in America and in the Shenandoah Valley. What pushes families to flee, and what are the challenges they must navigate before and after their arrival? What strengths do they bring with them, and how do they fit into their communities and into the broader context of immigration to the US? Join us to listen, learn, ask questions, and view the hopeful portraits of local refugees on display in the gallery. This conversation is a follow up event to our photography exhibition. It will be held from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, August 25th  in the 292 N. Gallery on N. Liberty St.

About the Photographers

These beautiful portraits were capture by three local photographers: Ernie Didot, Amelia Schmid, and Howard Zehr. CWS is grateful for their time and talent that went into making this show happen.

About the 292 N. Gallery

292 N. Gallery is housed in Church of the Incarnation, formerly an auto parts store that has been transformed the mundane into something even more beautiful. 292 N. Gallery can be found at 292 North Liberty Street in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Parking is provided in the public lot directly beside the church building, across the street from L&S Diner.

 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Support for this project comes from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

VFH connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. By supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global educational programs for broad public audiences, VFH encourages discovery and connection through the humanities.

Since its founding in 1974, it has grown to become the largest and most diversely funded state humanities council in the country, producing more than 40,000 humanities programs including festivals, public radio programs, and digital resources, and contributing to more than 3,500 grant projects and 350 individual and collaborate fellowships. More information about VFH is available at: virginiahumanities.org/

 

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