by David Safier
The BBC has a wonderful short video on the exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art, Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson's Refugees, which will be on display through September 15. The Owl & Panther Project, led and nurtured by Marge Pellegrino, is a place where refugees who live in Tucson and have been through wrenching personal experiences can gather, talk and express what is going on inside them through art.
Currently in the third year, 2012 – 2013, the Museum as Sanctuary Program is a unique partnership with The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project and the Tucson Museum of Art. The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project works with refugee families in the Tucson area who have been impacted by torture, trauma or traumatic dislocation. At TMA individuals have focused on the benefits of creative expression through art-making and in-gallery activities. Participants of the program come from countries all around the world such as Iraq, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Congo to name a few.
Unfortunately, I can't embed the video here. You can see it on the BBC page.