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Museum After Dark: Women Rebuilding
March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The program begins at 6:30pm, preceded by a wine and cheese reception from 6 – 6:30pm.
Marco Werman will moderate a discussion about empowerment opportunities for refugee women living in southern Connecticut.
Cynthia Davis will discuss the program Our Woven Community (OWC), which got its start at the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) and is now managed by Burroughs Community Center. OWC serves refugee women living in Bridgeport by providing opportunities for creativity, community integration and economic growth. Women create unique, handmade items such as scarves and handbags using donated materials combined with fabrics representing their own traditions. Each piece symbolizes the importance of weaving our lives, cultures and communities together.
Evelyn Isaia will talk about Ratatouille & Co., the catering company she founded. Ratatouille & Co. is a business with social mission: to train and empower women from all backgrounds, including refugees and immigrants who share their local recipes. Ratatouille trainees gain superior culinary skills, greater self- esteem, confidence, and enhanced team building abilities.
Jennifer Fitzpatrick will talk about the Mother & Child English Program, a program operated by Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, which gives underserved refugee mothers the opportunity to study English while their young children attend childcare/ preschool readiness class nearby. The program increases refugee integration and engagement in the American community by reducing language barriers, increasing cultural knowledge, and creating confidence in participating in American society. Jennifer will also talk about IRIS’s Sewing Group, which provides a safe space for women to learn and socialize while sewing.
Marco Werman is the host of Public Radio International’s The World He and his team of producers bring you the world’s most interesting stories in an hour of radio that reminds us just how small our planet really is. The World is heard on over 300 stations across North America.
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County.