On Sunday, I met with leaders from the Webb Foundation at Downers Grove South High School. Each Sunday, the Webb Foundation puts on a un-Sunday school program for Muslim youth. They provide the usual offerings of a Muslim weekend school, like Arabic and Qur’an classes, but this program goes beyond the basics. Alongside these classes, The
The Asian American Institute, in partnership with Uniting America, invites you to Pan-Art: a celebration of Chicago’s young Asian-American artists. For the month of February, we are showcasing the creative work- from photo to fashion- produced by emerging artists in the community.
What a powerful week this has been! From Elgin to Naperville and from Chicago to DeKalb, the word about the Illinois Immigrant Integration Summit is spreading! But more importantly, learning about each other’s shared desires to support our immigrant neighbors both politically and socially has been quite moving.
With the Immigrant Immigration Summit just around the corner on February 4th I have been busy preparing for it up here at HACES. First, I had to come up with a theme for my booth. To do this I had to take a step back from the nitty-gritty of my every day work and think about the larger mission of Uniting America. What did I want my booth to convey?
After doing the necessary work on what it takes to form a successful partnership with various institutions, this week I started working on finalizing informational packets to be distributed to various community organizations, businesses, congregations and schools.
To prepare for the Immigration Summit on Feb. 4th, I have been working on the arts and culture component, as well as my own recruitment of volunteers. I have reached out to 7 visual artists, who will display paintings, drawings, and installations.