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"How Can I Help?” Fair & “Where the Children Sleep” Photo Exhibit Opening

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American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19145

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About the "How Can I Help?" Fair

The American Swedish Historical Museum is hosting a How Can I Help? Fair on Saturday October 21st from 11 am to 3 pm. The fair will be a day of education and cooperation to promote broader awareness of the immediate needs of refugees in our area. Refugee aid groups from the greater Philadelphia region will be on site to meet with members of the public and let them know what their organization does and how people can get involved. Confirmed participating organizations include American Red Cross, HIAS Pennsylvania, Emergencybnb, Books Not Bombs, Mural Arts Philadelphia, African Family Health Organization AFAHO, William Way LGBT Community Center, The Office of Adult Education PHL Adult Education, and Bethanna.

The How Can I Help? Fair will also feature opening remarks from a senior official from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, film screenings, art works created by Philadelphia area refugee and immigrant students, advocacy phone call & letter writing centers, inspiration station, and more.

At 11:30 am, Carina Bergfeldt – Washington based U.S. Correspondent for Swedish Television and one of the two journalists behind the exhibition "Where the Children Sleep" – will speak about her personal experiences as a reporter working directly with refugees in Europe and the Middle East.

In addition, the Refugee Women's Textile Initiative (RWTI), a cooperative learning and start-up business initiative sponsored by Mural Arts Philadelphia designed to build on the creative skills and cultural traditions brought to the United States by refugee women in Philadelphia, will be on site to site to sell unique crafts.

The “How Can I Help?” Fair will take place at the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia, and the education fair and admission to the Museum is free throughout the day. The ASHM Auxuliary Club will have food and snacks available for purchase, and MILK + SUGARwill be selling awesome treats from their sweet truck that will be parked in front of the Museum during the event.


About "Where the Children Sleep"

The exhibition, Where the Children Sleep, by acclaimed Swedish photographer, Magnus Wennman, marks 6 years of the war in Syria which has claimed more than 500,000 lives, left over 14 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and forced almost five million refugees to flee the country. This series of 22 photos document the tragic consequences of the refugee crisis by capturing what the simple act of bedtime brings for the youngest and most vulnerable refugees. Each photograph comes with a story of how these children and their families struggled through the Middle East and Europe while making the harrowing journey out of Syria.

UNHCR, in collaboration with Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography in Stockholm), has brought Where the Children Sleep to audiences in the United States for the first time in order to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees. Here is a link to learn more about the exhibition:
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/stories/2016/6/5702c1594/where-the-children-sleep.html

In conjunction with Where the Children Sleep, the Museum is also showing two smaller exhibits focused on migration. Portraits of Migration: Sweden Beyond the Headlines, is a series of 20 images that explore the stories of those who have found asylum in Sweden. By providing personal stories for examining Sweden’s response to the refugee crisis, this exhibit helps us to understand the impacts of migration and acculturation. And on the Museum’s lawn, visitors will be able to explore a ‘Better Shelter’. Designed by an enterprise partnering with the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR, these refugee shelters offer displaced persons a secure, adaptable, and dignified place to live. http://www.bettershelter.org/about/

Where the Children Sleep, Portraits of Migration and the ‘Better Shelter’ will be on view at the American Swedish Historical Museum from October 21, 2017 to March 4, 2018.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

By car: There is plenty of free parking in FDR Park, in front of the museum entrance. Enter at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue. Handicap parking is available along Pattison Ave by the museum's rear entrance, which is also handicap accessible. Please ring the doorbell at the rear entrance for admittance.

By public transit: The Museum is easily reached by the Broad Street Subway, with a five block walk from the AT&T (formerly Pattison) Station. The #17 bus heading to the Naval Base stops at the Museum building on Pattison Avenue. Contact Septa Information at (215) 580-7800 to obtain route and schedule information for arriving at 20th and Pattison.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call 215-389-1776 during office hours: 9 am to 4 pm, Mon-Fri.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No registration or ticket is necessary for the event. All are welcome. Admission to the museum is free all day Saturday October 21, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Can I bring children to the event?

Yes! The fair and the exhibits are family friendly. You are welcome to bring a friend or your children. Registration is not necessary.

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