Connect with Your Community @ Joslyn
Gather at the Museum to celebrate Omaha's rich diversity while learning about issues facing the city's refugee population. Join us for several events - New American Exchange with Farah Al Sebaie, New American Dish @ Café Durham, and World Refugee Day - and help us "fill the cupboard" at the International Center of the Heartland.pantry. Programs are offered FREE of charge and all are welcome to attend!

Pictured above: Teens modeling garments they created in Joslyn's Fashion Arts program at Yates Community Center and featured at Omaha Fashion Week's Student Night.


New American Exchange with Farah Al Sebaie
Saturday, June 8 @ 11 am-1 pm
Drop in to try an art-making activity inspired by the work of local artist Farah Al Sebaie. All ages welcome!

Al Sebaie grew up in Syria and moved to the United States with her family in 2016. She is a self-taught artist and recently exhibited her embroidery work at the New American Arts Festival in Benson. Follow her and see more of her work on Instagram @farahalsebaie.

New American Dish @ Café Durham
June 11-15 @ 11 am-2 pm

Joslyn welcomes Pratik Rayamajhi as a culinary collaborator for the New American Dish project.  Staff from the Museum’s Café Durham will work alongside Rayamajhi to feature a signature dish highlighting the flavors of his home country of Nepal.  The week of World Refugee Day, plan to purchase this special meal offered in the Café, with ten percent of the dish's proceeds benefiting Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.

Rayamajhi is from the Siraha district in Southeast Nepal. He received his graduate degree in fine arts from Sir J.J. College in Bombay, India. Pratik has been teaching and sharing his love for traditional Mithila folk art painting for over 20 years; his work was displayed at Joslyn as part of the New American Exchange series in 2017. Pratik and his family arrived in the United States in 2008.

Thanks to Abraham Catering for their continued partnership with this program!

World Refugee Day Omaha
Saturday, June 15, 10 am-2 pm

World Refugee Day honors and celebrates the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. This FREE event will feature:
  • culture fair highlighting African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian countries
  • music, dance, and fashion presentations
  • gallery viewing and art-making activities
  • special guest speakers (see below)

Speaker Series:

  • Refugee Resettlement 101
    (11 am, Omaha Steaks Conference Room)
      Learn how refugees come to Nebraska, including insight on refugee status, the vetting and screening process of global resettlement programs, strategies used by resettlement agencies for integrating individuals and families post arrival, recent policy changes, current countries of origin being resettled locally, and reliable sources of information. Questions from the audience are encouraged! 
  • Between Two Worlds: Refugee Youth Panel
    (11 am, Abbott Lecture Hall)
    Refugee youth struggle with a unique set of challenges as they adapt to a new life in the United States while also staying true to their ethnic background. Expectations and values at home vs. at school can pull them in different directions. Hear young people from Myanmar, Syria, Nepal, and Somalia talk about how they have successfully navigated these two worlds.
  • Turning Interest into Action: Refugee-Serving Agencies and How You Can Help
    (noon, Omaha Steaks Conference Room)
    Learn about agencies serving refugee populations in Omaha and how you can get involved with volunteering, advocacy, and direct care. Jennifer Gentle, volunteer coordinator at Lutheran Family Services, will discuss the role her organization plays and provide information about Welcome Nebraska/Nebraska Appleseed, Refuge Empowerment Center, Restoring Dignity, Yates Community Center, Omaha Together One Community/IPL, the Intercultural Senior Center, the Benson Area Refugee Taskforce (BART), and Embrace the Nations. 
  • Refugee Voices: Panel Discussion
    (noon, Abbott Lecture Hall)

    Hear personal stories from individuals representing four different countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, and Burma. Panelists will share their experiences and give insights on acclimating to life in a new country as well as provide information on the strengths and challenges present among different refugee communities in Nebraska. Moderated by Nicky Clark of Heartland Family Service. 
Hosted by Joslyn Art Museum and brought to you by the Omaha Refugee Task Force.


Fill the Cupboard!

When attending any of the programs listed above, please consider bringing these items for the International Center of the Heartland food pantry:

White, kidney, or pinto beans
Lentils, chickpeas
Jasmine or basmati rice
Canned fish
Italian style pastas
Baking powder
Baking yeast
Asian noodles
Vegetable oil
Tomato paste
Marinara sauce
Spices: curry powder, tumeric, beryani spice, chili, black pepper, thyme, cumin, cardamom, cloves, cilantro, garam masala, cinnamon