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New Lives/New England Exhibit Opens at Michael Klahr Center in Augusta

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AUGUSTA— NEW LIVES/NEW ENGLAND, a traveling exhibition and series of artist presentations, will have its opening night on Thursday, April 24th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Michael Klahr Center, home of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC), on the UMA campus in Augusta. A special performance is in the works for opening night. The exhibit will run through Friday, May 30th, 2014.

NEW LIVES/NEW ENGLAND is an exhibition that explores the role traditional arts play in helping newcomers create a new home in New England. Weaving a kilim, applying henna before a wedding or making a market basket, these traditions and their longtime practitioners, serve as touchstones for fellow refugee and new immigrant community members, artfully reminding people of who they are and where they came from.

Central to the exhibit is the idea that continuing to practice familiar artistic traditions, as well as sharing them with new neighbors, is an important part of the acculturation process, especially as people negotiate and shape new roles and identities. New Lives/New England is organized around specific traditional art forms such as Bosnian carpet weaving, Somali Bantu embroidery, Somali Bantu wedding music and dance, Burmese/Karen weaving, Assyrian needlework and Somali storytelling.
Organized by Cultural Resources of Rockport, Maine, the exhibit is collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Traditional and Folk Arts Program and the Quimby Family Foundation.

New Lives/New England is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM beginning Friday, April 25th through Friday, May 30th. Additionally, the exhibit will be open when there are programs at the HHRC and by appointment. FMI, please call 207-621-3530 or visit the calendar page at