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Cultural Connections: Celebrating Immigrant & Refugee Stories

Hello Refugee and Immigrant Collective Community:-)

I am really excited to be supporting "Youth Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees" (YAIR - For the past 6 months I have been a part of several adults (Manuel and his organization has been an important resource) who have been supporting and thinking with these youth, as they have been steadily building relationships through conversations and story-exchanges with their peers in East Portland and beyond. Please read on and if you know of youth who would be interested in participating in this event, I would be most grateful for your help in sharing this information with them... 

I am also available to answer any questions you may have. The grant I received has a modest budget for helping with transportation money if folks want to car-pool and or do ride-share. Thank you for spreading the word - I am honored to be helping these young activists as they begin to learn and build bridges through conversation.

Cultural Connections: Celebrating Immigrant & Refugee Stories.
(A program of New Expressive Works' "Our Cultural Voices" Series)
NOTE: This event is organized by multi-cultural youth and aimed for youth but all are welcome to join and participate.

WHAT: Cross-Cultural Youth-Driven Conversations ~ Community Art Making ~ Food ~ Performances. Come join Youth Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees (YAIR) in a cultural celebration of immigrant and refugee art and stories. Be prepared for an empathetic story exchange, amazing art, and delicious food!

Belize Nishimwe (Champion 2019 Oregon Poetry Out Loud Contest)
Banks Movement (Kayla Banks and dancers)

Syrian Home Cooking -
$10 - Shawarma (Chicken, Beef/Lamb)
$8 - Hummous, baba ghanoush, and muhammara dips with pita bread. (Vegan and GF) 

WHEN: Sunday June 9th, 2pm - 5pm

WHERE: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont, Ste 2, PDX 97214. [In the WYSE Buliding. Use building doors located on the South side of the building.]



ABOUT: Youth Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees (YAIR) brings together youth from around Portland in order to build bridges of understanding and create a community in which we can comfortably foster cross-cultural exchange. We aim to empower immigrant and refugee youth to build bridges of cross-cultural understanding through art, activism, and storytelling. We at YAIR recognize that the future lies with youth, and that is why it is crucial to foster a sense of belonging and understanding within the community. Website:

FUNDED BY: New Expressive Works, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and SE Uplift. 

Subashini Ganesan
The Creative Laureate of Portland, Oregon
Founder & Director, New Expressive Works
Artistic Director, Natya Leela Academy
810 SE Belmont, Suite 2, Portland, OR 97214

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Patrik McDade, Program Director
People-Places-Things, LLC Intercultural Communication Services
Voz Alta: High-Context Language & Culture Curricula
Ampersand: Experiential Training for Interculturalists
Diaspora: International Language & Culture Sharing
Pasarela/Footbridge: Language Proficiency Action Planning
Crossroads: Intercultural Communications for Organizations
cell: 503 522 1589
PO Box 11499
Portland, OR 97211

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Later Event: June 11
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