THURSDAY, MAY 13 / 11 AM – 7 PM

World Refugee Day 2019 Programming

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019

In honor of World Refugee Day, observed annually on June 20, the Art Center and Iowa International Center present the following events and materials that bring awareness to the plight of refugees throughout the world.

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    Self-Guided Tour

    June 15 - 23*

    Guests of the Art Center can pick up a self-guided tour highlighting a selection of works in the collection by artists who fled their native countries under duress and have gone on to create art that enriches and expands our human capacities for growth, curiosity, and empathy. 

    *Please confirm Art Center hours prior to your visit.

  • Human Flow

    Film screening: Human Flow, 2017

    Monday, June 17 / 7 pm

    Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

    Rated: PG-13

    Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

    Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion, and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

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    Panel Discussion: See me, Hear me: Stories of Refugees in Des mOInes

    Thursday, June 20 / 7 pm

    This moderated panel discussion highlights personal stories from refugees in Iowa. Guests will hear about their journeys, challenges, triumphs, and honor them as part of the diversity that makes Iowa beautiful. These speakers bring awareness of the continued need to assist refugee populations coming to Iowa.

    View a list of this event's featured speakers.

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