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Celebrating Milwaukee’s Refugee Communities Through Crafts

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kids Impact Community has the unique opportunity to partner with the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s HOME Craft Day – a celebration of Milwaukee’s refugee communities.

HOME is a community-led outdoor festival at the Lynden Sculpture Garden that features the art, food, and performance of Milwaukee’s refugee communities. Typically held in June marking World Refugee Day, the leaders shifted to host a series of smaller dispersed outdoor events that have spanned the summer. Each day celebrates an aspect of the vibrant cultures represented in some of Milwaukee’s refugee communities.

Browse the outdoor craft market with your family anytime 11-4 pm and support the refugee community vendors featuring crafts, clothing, food, skincare products and other goods from Africa, Asia, and Indigenous makers. Click here for a complete list of vendors. Bring cash if your family wishes to purchase any goods.

Activities: KIC kids will have the opportunity to learn a traditional craft as well as it’s cultural history and significance from Ceci Tejeda, a local Wisconsin artist originally from Mexico.

The completed crafts will then be donated to Operation Sunshine – a project focused on bringing joy and light to older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities as they move back into limited contact due to the increasing COVID numbers.
Ceci Tejeda has been creating her crafts since 2000 and loves to use bright colors on her pieces showing the folklore of her country. Her crafts include paper mache sculptures, plaster decor, Frida Kahlo figurines, mini frames, handmade painted candles and clay earrings celebrating Mexican culture and traditions including el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Purpose: Our focus this month feels especially poignant in respect to the recent news stories of families having to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban regains control of the country. Milwaukee is home to a number of vibrant refugee communities from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma/Myanmar (Chin, Karen, Karenni, Rohingya), Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Syria, and Somalia. This project serves as an opportunity to encourage children to be caring, global citizens who are compassionate toward community members from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Impact: Crafts with Refugees is a valuable way to introduce or deepen your children’s understanding of the many contributions refugee families offer our community. The first-hand interactions with new cultures and communities can help children and their families to broaden their perspectives within our world. Experiences such as these will help grow your child’s empathy and curiosity as they encounter peers from other countries in school, extracurricular activities or other social situations.

Likewise, through attendance at the HOME Craft Day, we all have the opportunity to learn, celebrate and empower Milwaukee’s refugee communities.

Saturday, September 18

Browse the outdoor market from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

KIC craft sessions for youth will be held 1-1:45 pm or 2:30-3:15 pm.

We also highly recommend that you attend the Social Justice Story Time: A Welcoming Table: Thinking About Refugee Experiences on Friday, September 17 at 4:15 pm to add further depth to the experience. A video recording of the story time will also be available to all registrants. Click here for more information and to register.


Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 West Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217

Park in the gravel lot to the left after pulling into the driveway.


Click here to register for the 1-1:45 pm session

Click here to register for the 2:30-3:15 pm session

Cancellations: Please contact Erin at erinlemoine@kicmke.org so that we can invite a family from the waitlist.

Participant Cap: 12-15 individuals at each session

Age:  4+

Cost: Entrance to the garden and event is free.

Questions:  If you have any questions, contact Erin LeMoine at erinlemoine@kicmke.org.

Additional Information: Learn more about Lynden Sculpture Garden’s HOME event on their website: https://www.home-at-lynden.org/home. Fantastic virtual programming from last year’s celebration is still accessible at the link above.


September 18
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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