An Intercultural exhibition of pictures and stories
This exhibition grew out of the recent discovery of our Syrian member, Nasouh Hassari, that he had a talent for painting. After Nasouh showed me his striking work , we decided to build the ‘My Picture; My Story’ project. While Nasouh went about doing members’ portraits, two visiting interns from the Champlain College in Vermont, Sydney Kmetz and Heather Mansfield, collected the portraitees stories using our Intercultural Storytelling methods. Intercultural actions such as this can promote greater social inclusion for newer members of the community and, by sharing our human biographical stories, we hope to foster social cohesion with more settled community members. The images and the stories shown here humanise the situations for newer arrivals in our communities and help us to realise we have more similarities than differences with our newer community members.