Owl & Panther is an expressive arts project designed to help refugee families relocated to Tucson, AZ who have been affected by trauma and torture.
I viewed a recent exhibit “Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson’s Refugees” at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Avenue on Sunday, and was impressed with the powerful artwork of the refugees, 24 children as well as 6 adults from diverse countries including Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nepal, Bhutan, Guatemala. Photo below of a painting drawn by one of the refugees Patty, entitled “Grow, Heal and Love” (photo taken by Cindy Callahan).
The exhibit continues to September 15. Website for Owl & Panther project: www.owlandpanther.org.
More on this refugee art exhibit on AZPM AZ Illustrated Art (click here).
Upcoming is a benefit at TMA for the Owl & Panther Project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. The information flyer says that the event will include a silent auction, ethnic food tasting, poetry readings.There will also be music by Tucson’s Amber Norgaard. For more info call Abby at 520-358-7889.
Tickets costs $35, available at Antigones, Mostly Books and Bahti Indian Arts.
View the art on display at TMA, and also support the benefit for this Hopi Foundation. And why is it called Owl & Panther? Because it is based on a Cherokee creation story – “The creator asked all of the animals to watch & stay awake for seven nights. On the seventh day, only the owl and the panther were still awake. Because they did not succumb to sleep, they were given the power to see in the dark.”