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Craft(ing) Culture(s) :: Catharsis, Renewal, & ReImagination :: Chicago Artist's Month 2015 :: Featured Program In this month-long series of workshops and events, we will celebrate craft traditions from around the world while engaging in cross-cultural dialogue. It's a rare opportunity to explore craft as a form of artistic expression, engage in cross-cultural dialogue, and learn about Chicago-area refugee and immigrants' courage, hardships, and joys. We will explore Palestinian embroidery, Korean quilting,and Bosnian knitting traditions in the broader context of migration and renewal. These are not "just" crafts -- they are forms of healing, resilience, creative survival, and cultural identity. They are also adaptive re-uses that are environmentally sound. We will screen the documentary film: "The Power of Art: Women's Voices in Africa" and have a panel discussion. We will also celebrate Cambodian Ancestor's Day by sharing food and stories. The workshops and celebrations will be in community organizations and community-run museums, including the Ethiopian Cultural Museum of Chicago and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial -- rare spaces where communities are "crafting" their own visual and oral narratives. The month will culminate in an art exhibit and fair celebrating crafting as social enterprise.