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In Collaboration with Kidzu Children’s Museum, the Carolina Asia Center, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Franklin Street Arts Collective, and Chapel Hill Public Library

Sunday, June 5, 2016

For us, the Humanities are all about education, understanding, and community-building. So bring yourselves, your kids, and your grandkids to the Program in the Humanities’ first Collaborative Community Event!

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm in Chapel Hill provides refugee adults and youth access to land, agricultural education, and micro-enterprise opportunities. The youth of these refugee families have collaborated with FRANK artists and community members to create a bilingual children’s book* on Karen cultural history and farming traditions: Transplanting Traditions. Join the Humanities Program as we celebrate the success of these young authors and learn more about Burma and Karen culture and language. This event will include performances of traditional Karen songs and dances, opportunities to work with local artists to create artwork based on Karen textiles, and a chance to taste locally grown herbs, fruit and veggies and meet the farmers.  Scholars from the Carolina Asia Center will be on hand to help us learn more about Southeast Asia and the conflicts that contributed to these families’ departure from their homeland.  Join us to hear the young authors read excerpts from the book in Karen and English, recognize the value of thoughtful writing, and help us all encourage a healthy, inclusive community right here in North Carolina.

Time & Place

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Kidzu Children’s Museum, University Place, Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public without pre-registration. Kidzu is open at 1:00pm with admission on a donation basis.

* This project is sponsored in part by the Town of Chapel Hill Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cultural Division

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