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This spring the Museum presents several opportunities - New American Exchange, New American Dish @ Café Durham, and World Refugee Day - to celebrate Omaha's rich diversity while learning about issues facing the city's refugee population. Programs are offered FREE of charge and all are welcome to attend!

New American Dish @ Café Durham
June 20-24, 11 am-2 pm

Joslyn welcomes Laila Hassan as a culinary collaborator leading up to World Refugee Day! Inspired by the Refugee Empowerment Center’s New American Dish project, an exchange of food and culture that took place in 2016, staff from the Museum’s Café Durham will work alongside Laila to feature a signature dish highlighting the flavors of her home country of Sudan. The week of World Refugee Day, plan to purchase a tasty lunch in the Café, with ten percent of the dish's proceeds benefiting the Refugee Empowerment Center.

Thanks to Abraham Catering for their partnership!
Laila Hassan was born in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. She worked as a preschool teacher and her husband, Ibrahim Yagoub, was a nurse from the Darfur region. Political instability made it unsafe for them to stay, and they fled to Cairo where they applied for refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The couple and their three daughters arrived in Omaha in November 2015. Laila now works at a daycare center and Ibrahim is employed at Walmart.

World Refugee Day
Saturday, June 24, 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:
  • cultural music, dance, and fashion presentations
  • special guest speakers (see below)
  • a naturalization ceremony welcoming New Americans (10:30 am, Witherspoon Concert Hall)
  • gallery viewing and hands-on art-making activities
  • an informative speakers series
  • and, for refugees only, a health fair.

Guest Speakers:

  • Asad Hasan is a social and digital media expert who was one of the first civil servants to launch official websites for Afghan government ministries with the support of USAID and Ministry of Communications. Mr. Hasan became a target after his work with international aid agencies helping to defend the rights of women and children. (11 am, Abbott Lecture Hall)
  • Abeny Kucha will recount her family's experience of surviving seven years of civil war and genocide in South Sudan. Abeny has published a book entitled Tears of a Mother and appeared on TEDxLincoln. (11 am, Omaha Steaks Conference Room)
  • Our speaker from Syria was forced to flee that region's devastating conflict for the safety of her family and children. She will recount her powerful story of tragedy, hope, and survival. (noon, Abbott Lecture Hall)
  • Abdi Hussein fled the civil war in Somalia, then assisted the refugee community through work with Care International, National Council of Churches, and Islamic Relief U.K. He is now a bilingual liaison working with Somali families in Omaha. (noon, Omaha Steaks Conference Room)

Hosted by Joslyn Art Museum and brought to you by the Omaha Refugee Task Force and Omaha Public Schools. Additional partners include Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Refugee Empowerment Center.


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