Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality - the ongoing war in Afghanistan. It provides an opportunity to look into this place so far away that is so scarred by policies of our government and to see ourselves in depictions of the war.
James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, visits with Jenna Broghamer, an AFSC Iowa peace intern, following Dr. Zogby's talk in Des Moines on March 20, 2012. For a slideshow of photos from the event, please click here.
The April 2012 newsletter of AFSC-Iowa includes articles on the need for diplomacy rather than war with Iran, the work of Palestinian youth for peace, the failure of the so-called "Secure Communities" program, leadership training for Latina youth, and the excitement of AFSC's Windows and Mirrors exhibit coming to Iowa this fall. Check it out!
The turnout to see the Windows and Mirrors exhibit, American Friends Service Committee’s wonderful traveling exhibit of art on Afghanistan from artists around the country, has been very gratifying. Over 800 people attended the opening, which coincided with a downtown gallery crawl. Many of the people attending would not normally come to AFSC events. In all about 1,100 people attended the events or saw the exhibit during the two weeks it was being shown.
Iraqi refugees and U.S. veterans of the Iraq War shared a meal together in a Pittsburgh art gallery surrounded by murals depicting the human cost of the war in Afghanistan. The unusual group was marking the end of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit in Pittsburgh, which had drawn over 1,100 people in the course of its one-month stay. But they were doing something else too. They were picking up the threads of a conversation.
Please join us for the opening night reception on March 1st at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, featuring light refreshments and at 7 p.m., a discussion by several artists of why art can be a powerful means to convey the human cost of war.
Please join us for the opening night reception on March 1st at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, featuring light refreshments and at 7p.m., a discussion by several artists ofwhy art can be a powerful means to convey the human cost of war.
Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Program Director for Iraq and Afghanistan will look at the impact of the troop withdrawal from Iraq, our responsibilities to acknowledge the damage, and lessons learned for the peace movement. How can we then use those lessons learned to speed-up the removal of US troops and bases from Afghanistan.
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