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Owl & Panther’s 20th Anniversary
Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm MST
Owl and Panther (OP), a project of The Hopi Foundation, will celebrate its 20th anniversary of serving refugees in the Tucson community on September 12 from 5-8pm at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) located at 140 N. Main Ave in historic downtown Tucson.
The “Anniversary Celebration” is a family friendly event. The event begins at 5pm and ends at 8pm. Proceeds will benefit OP programing for participants and support administrative functions. Tickets are available for purchase at Antigone Books on Fourth Avenue and Bahti Indian Arts at St. Philip’s Plaza. Tickets are $35. Children and refugees may attend free.
This event will feature a silent auction, live music by Entre Peruanos, poetry readings by OP alumni and participants and light fare. Guest may enjoy a tour of OP exhibit: Museum as Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience from 5:30 to 6:30pm. On view are self-portraits, kites, sketchbooks, sculpture, drawings, landscapes, and illustrations created at the Museum.
Since the program’s inception 20 years ago, Owl & Panther has served refugees who carry physical and emotional burdens as survivors of torture and their families who also endure physical and cultural displacement while adjusting to life in a foreign culture. Children of these families are at risk of failing at school and being lured into the underside of society.
Owl & Panther has successfully combated those risks by providing a safe space, dynamic programing, role models and a caring community. OP shares a place of belonging where participants remember the past, explore strategies to live thoughtfully, and put voice to hopes for the future.
Marge Pellegrino, program manager for The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther project who has worked with participants since 1999 is witness to the influence of OP. She says, “I’ve watched participants write out of their personal darkness and grow in confidence as they displayed their work.”
About Owl & Panther
The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project seeks to find a balance of peace and harmony between all cultures and among refugee families. The project offers opportunities for personal expression, enhanced self-esteem, validation of self-worth, and ways of connecting to others.
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