Refugee project premiere event November 30
SUNYIT will celebrate and share the stories of refugees in Utica with the "Portraits of Refugee Life in Utica, NY" gallery show opening Friday, November 30. A Gannett Gallery reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. will be followed by world music and folk dancing in the Kunsela Hall lobby from 6-7 p.m. and the screening of a documentary, "Starting Over," and a storytelling program in Kunsela Lecture Hall from 7-9 p.m.
The gallery show, curated by Kathryn Stam, assistant professor of anthropology; Kevin Volo, instructional technologist; and Katie Reilly, a SUNYIT student, includes collaboration by students, refugees and approximately 30 local community partner organizations that support refugees and resettlement. "This is the premiere event of the 'Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY' project," Stam said.
Over the past 30 years, Utica has welcomed refugees from more than 30 countries to the city. Currently, 1 in 5 people living in Utica is a refugee. "In 2005 the United Nations Refugee Magazine called Utica 'The Town That Loves Refugees.'" Stam said. "The 'Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY' project set out to discover the story of refugee resettlement and find out: Do these refugees love Utica back?"
"Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY" is supported by the President's Opportunity Fund for Faculty and Staff Development and the Cultural and Performing Arts Committee. For more information, please visit the project online at www.startingoverutica.com.
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