New Lives New England

This exhibit ran during April and May of 2014

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What a great opening we had for our latest show. A great afternoon of art, snacks and drinks, good conversation, and the joyous sound of the Portland-based choir, Les Voix des Anges. What at treat!

NLNE Opening

New Lives/New England , a touring exhibition and series of artists presentations, featuring refugee and new immigrant traditional artists now living in Connecticut, Vermont and Maine.  The exhibit will explore the role traditional arts play in helping newcomers create a new home in New England. Weaving a kilim, applying henna before a wedding or making a market basket, these traditions and their longtime practitioners, serve as touchstones for fellow refugee and new immigrant community members, artfully reminding people of who they are and where they came from.

Central to the exhibit is the idea that continuing to practice familiar artistic traditions, as well as sharing them with new neighbors, is an important part of the acculturation process, especially as people negotiate and shape new roles and identities. New Lives/New England will be organized around specific traditional art forms such as Bosnian carpet weaving, Somali Bantu embroidery, Somali Bantu wedding music and dance, Burmese/Karen weaving, Assyrian needlework and Somali storytelling.

Organized by Cultural Resources of Rockport, Maine,  the exhibit is a collaboration with The Vermont Folklife Center and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Traditional and Folk Arts Program and the Quimby Family Foundation.

View the New Lives/New England poster here: NLNE Poster