The Artist Is In - Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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The Artist Is In

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder.

Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of the wetland grass phragmites. Built over the course of a month by Al-Obaidi, Kavage, center staff, and many volunteers, the group has included both Iraqi immigrants and veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, purposefully using the construction process to heal from the twin traumas of war and displacement.

All ages and questions are welcome.

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September 29, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States