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Art And The Refugee Experience

Nedda Ibrahim
An exhibit of art by ten Iraqi refugee artists on view at William Peace University this weekend highlights the storied history of Iraqi art and the diverse experiences of Iraqi refugees resettled in the United States.

More than 100,000 Iraqi refugees have resettled in the United States in the past decade. But for the most part their stories are underreported and their life experiences are invisible to the wider American public. An art exhibit on view at William Peace University this weekend tries to change that by shining light on the work of 10 refugee artists whose work represents the rich and storied history of Iraqi art, and the diverse experiences of Iraqi refugees settled in the Americas.

Host Frank Stasio previews the exhibit with Iraqi artist Ahmed Fadaam, dentist and exhibit organizer Nedda Ibrahim, and exhibit coordinator Mel Lehman, director of Common Humanity, a New York City-based nonprofit. The exhibit is on view at the Flowe Academic Building on William Peace University in Raleigh through Sunday, with an opening reception tomorrow from 6-9 p.m.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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