AFSC's powerful mural exhibit, Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan opens at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein   Providence Campus gallery on Monday, July 9th at 9:00am.  We will open the exhibit with a Walking Meditation through the exhibit, pausing briefly before each painting and other art work.  Please join us if you can - a lovely way to encounter these powerful images.

Windows and Mirrors is a collaboration of more than 40 artists from around the world.  Fifty two 4-foot by 6-foot panels, each uniquely designed by an artist or group of artists memorializing Afghan civilian casualties.  The exhibit includes  images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Waha, a professor at Lewis and Clark College who aske young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality on one of his trips to Afghanistan. 

To frame a dynamic dialogue on peace and explore opportunties for social justice, the exhibit is honored to also have the sculpture of internationally recognized Rhode Island artist Anne Mimi Sammis.  Here works are like a dance of peace, a celebration of hope and joy. 

The display will also include a large series of thoughtful, poignant photographs of the people of Afghanistan by Cranston native, Captain Nicholas Mercurio, taken during his tours of duty in Afghanistan.  Captain Mercurio is an active duty Air Force officer, currently assigned as a Combat Camera Officer, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. 

During the exhibit there will be a series of events - we hope you will join us for one or more of them.  They will take place an area adjacent to the gallery on the first floor.  The gallery is located at 80 Washington Street, Providence.

Tuesday, July 10, 7-9pm  Asian-American youth members of PrYSM (Providence Youth Student Movement) will present images and spoken word reflections on the multigeneration impact of wars.  Many of them are Cambodian.  Their family members experienced the US war on Cambodia during the Vietnam War and the terrors of the Kmer Rouge.  They fled to refugee camps then came to the US as refugees hoping for a better life for their children.  But immigrant life in the U.S. is hard, and the youth must deal with the economic challenges and racial profling on a daily basis. 

Thursday, July 12, 5-6:00pm Reception for donors (become a donor with a $50 donation at the door if you are not already an AFSC donor) followed at 6:30 pm by a public forum with Peter Lems on civil society movements in Afghanistan.  He will screen the short film, "Our Jouney to Smile" about the nonviolent youth movement and reflect on how wars end both there and here. 

Thursday, July 19 Providence Gallery Night:  The exhibit will be part of the downtown gallery tour.  The Peace Flag Project will be there giving people an opportunity to make peaceflags along with a periodic peace dance flash mob by Pawtucket youth.  AFSC-SENE will have a table with resources.

Thursday, July 26, 7pm Film Screening of the collection of short films "The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film" along with a presentation by the producers. 

July gallery hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am - 9pm   Friday and Saturday, 9am-4pm

August Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. 

I hope you will be able to join us for one of these events.  If not, I hope you can stop by the exhibit.  If you would like to support the cost of bringing exhibits like this to the area, please go to the AFSC-SENE website and click on the donate button.  We are most grateful for your support.