Art and Advocacy: Putting a Face to the Global Refugee Crisis Celeste Huang-Menders and Alexander Huang-Menders with Special Guest Dunia Jama
Join us for a free and informative evening with teen advocates, Celeste and Alexander Huang-Menders. Celeste Huang-Menders and Alexander Huang-Menders are a sister and brother team working on a
major global portrait project putting a face to the global refugee crisis.They will discuss their work in raising awareness as documentary photographers and independent advocates, share insight into navigating complex and potentially hostile environments, and share images and stories from “The Power of Faces” of the men, women and children they’ve met around the world. Dunia Jama and her family fled from Somalia to Kenya in 2006 and were resettled in the U.S. in 2013. Currently, Dunia is a Sophomore at the Metropolitan State University Of Denver majoring in Entrepreneurship/Business Management and hopes to become a businesswoman. She will speak about her personal refugee story.
Lunch and presentation with Director of Homeward 2020.
Homeward 2020 is a collaborative, strategic think-tank guiding implementation of Fort Collins’ 10-Year Plan to Make Homelessness Rare, Short-Lived and Non-Recurring by setting priorities, developing alignment and action plans, and suggesting policy. Together, we are making progress by using best practices and strengthening coordinated responses to end homelessness.
Holly LeMasurier brings experience from twenty-plus years of facilitating diverse, collaborative, strategic social impact projects that achieve results. She focuses on three intersecting approaches to driving initiatives: Community Capacity-Building & Empowerment, Place-Based Asset Development, and Co-Creating Opportunity Agendas.
Holly joins Homeward 2020 after most recently serving as project manager of a volunteer-based community project, Safe Place to Rest, developing community-based overnight shelter options for people experiencing homelessness. She was formerly the City of Eugene, Oregon Human Rights Analyst, and an adjunct faculty of the University of Oregon. Holly obtained Masters degrees from the University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning, and in International Studies, both with a focus on social policy and community development. She also completed Human Rights law courses at the University of Oregon School of Law. As an Amnesty International Human Rights Fellow, a Fulbright-Hays recipient in Ghana, and Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, Holly developed a broad worldview and grassroots experiences as inspiration to drive place-based empowerment initiatives.
Create your own Handmade Valentines using recycled materials. We will provide everything you need to make Valentines for your special people. All ages are welcome for this festive event. You will also be able to create Valentines for individuals in our community experiencing homelessness. Each sign up is for two participants and will receive one token from the FoCo Cafe worth a $10 meal at the cafe. Participants will be able to give the token to someone in need, or allow the Museum to do it for you.
$25 Members $30 Non-members (this price includes admission for two participants to create Valentines and one Free meal token from the FoCo Cafe to give to a person in need)