Refugee is Not My Name at the State Capitol

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Raised by 21 people in 26 days

They all share a label, but they each have a name.

"Refugee is Not My Name " is a traveling art exhibition that introduces Austin residents to some of the city's refugees. This is a project about community and neighbors. The people you will meet are unique; they ask to be seen as individuals, not as a collective, global crisis.

Through portraits and storytelling, we have been meeting Austin residents where they are over the last year - in public spaces throughout the city - and inviting them to come and learn the names, see the faces, and get to know some of these refugee neighbors through the exhibition. In one last push, we need your help to get our show in front of our lawmakers at the Texas State Capitol. With support from New American Economy, Refugee Council USA, and Rep. Donna Howard's office, we are on the Capitol schedule for March 25- March 29, we have just a few more weeks to raise the funds we need to make it happen.

If you want to help us get this project to the Capitol and in front of our state's lawmakers, we are raising money to:

1. fund the cost of materials to print the remaining photographs + stories (there are 3 new ones!)

2. help us cover installation costs for our final show at the Texas State Capitol

Our hope is that as people experience this exhibition, they recognize that everyone needs friends to feel at home in a place; and ultimately, we hope they will be inspired to broaden their circle of friends to include those who are learning to make a new life in Austin.

If you have supported this project in any way, we thank you. This is one more opportunity to further strengthen the inclusive and supportive nature of our city.

On behalf of the men, women and children featured in "Refugee is Not My Name," thank you for helping them introduce themselves to the community we all call home.

With gratitude,
Ashley, Jess, Aaron, + Kat

* All donations will go toward the exhibition


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Friends of Refugee is Not My Name,
We promised we wouldn’t spam you and we kept that promise. We have just one email left, and it’s our most important one! At Austin City Limits Festival you may have viewed the beautiful film by Aaron Weiss featuring the true stories of refugees from around the world that have resettled in Austin. And you signed up to learn more about this traveling exhibition. Now the entire catalogue of photographs, stories and film for Refugee is Not My Name will be showcased at the Texas State Capitol building this March 25-29!

And being in the Capitol building, it has the potential to influence Texas state lawmakers and special interest groups for the good of refugees and immigrants. How we need your help:
We need help from you, people who care about refugees and immigrants to help fund this last exhibition. Up to this point Refugee is Not My Name has been self-funded with some help from public donations. But we are out of funds to make this last show happen.
We need a total of $1,500 to print the photo and story panels, rent a large flat screen TV for the film, and print promotional materials and take-aways for the show.
ALL donations will go toward the Capitol building show.Can you donate $25 or $50 or $100 to support this beautiful project that is all about giving our global neighbors a voice?
Refugee is Not my Name is art for all people. Will you help us share this exhibit one more time?
Please and thank you.
Refugee is Not My Name team (Ash, Aaron, Jess, Kat)
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